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Amazing numbers show Dolphins dismal record setting Sunday

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It’s now been around 48 hours since the Dolphins attempted to play the Baltimore Ravens in their Sunday 2019 opener. And that’s the right word, attempted, because in the end, Baltimore embarrassed the Fins on a record-breaking scoring Sunday at Hard Rock stadium.

If you need it further illuminated, here are the numbers (most of them awful for Miami) but wild, nonetheless:

42- the record number of first-half points ever allowed by the Dolphins in any game. It’s also the most ever scored by the Ravens in a first-half in their franchise history. It did come up short on the most first half points in NFL history, as that’s 1983 Packers scoring 49 in the first half of a game with the Buccaneers.

59- record most points scored by the Ravens in any game, and it was the most points scored in a season opener in the NFL, since the 1973 Atlanta Falcons scored 63 points in their first game that year.

158.3- the perfect passer rating for Ravens second-year quarterback Lamar Jackson. The foremer Heisman Trophy winner became the youngest QB in NFL history to attain that mark as he is just 22 years, 8 months and threw five touchdown passes in the first half alone, in the rout of the Dolphins.

83 and 47, the distance on two touchdown bombs that rookie Marquise Brown caught from Jackson in the first half making him the first player in NFL history to have two touchdown catches of 40 yards or more, as a rookie in the first game of the season. Miami obviously had no answer for his speed downfield.

35 – 3 that was the score with just over two minutes remaining in the first half, when Ravens coach John Harbaugh authorized a fake punt run on a 4th and 1 at his own 30 yard line. Linebacker Anthony Levine took off up the middle and raced 60 yards to the Miami 10 yard line. And, it led to the sixth touchdown just before half-time for Baltimore.

48-3 that had been the previous Dolphins worst home loss, to the Kansas City Chiefs in 1968. that is before they lost by 49 Sunday.

643  the franchise record number of yards the Ravens put up  and it was also the most ever allowed by the Dolphins in their franchise history in a single game. The previous mark was 622 yards compiled by the Patriots in a 2011 game.

52 – 3 that was the score when Harbaugh once again called for his team to pile on. Instead of kicking a field goal on 4th and goal at the three, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III hit tight end Mark Andrews for their final touchdown and the 59 – 10 margin.

17 – the number of plays the Dolphins ran before they finally crossed midfield late in the first half. That’s when QB Ryan Fitzpatrick hit DeVante Parker with a 49-yard pass to the Baltimore 27. It eventually led to Jason Sanders 54 yard field goal and the first points of the year. However, it only slightly dented Baltimore’s lead of 28 – 3, at the time.

And finally,

14.5 the opening spread for the defending champion Patriots in Las Vegas for this week’s game. That number, almost unheard of for road favorites this early in the season, may rise as the week goes on and more people bet New England, too.

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Looks like Tua Tagovailoa will work out for teams prior to draft

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There will be numerous NFL teams interested, including the Dolphins, on just how healthy injured Alabama star Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa is. And, a report on Wednesday says that Tua will likely be ready to throw for teams later in the offseason draft process.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that “NFL quarterback super-agent” Leigh Steinberg and his firm are letting teams know that Tagovailoa’s injured hip should be healed enough for him to be able to throw in early April prior to the NFL Draft at the end of the month:

This will be especially important for teams like the Dolphins, who will be selecting fifth currently in the upcoming selection process.

Tagovailoa came to Alabama from Hawaii and the same high school as Marcus Mariota, having thrown for over 8,000 yards which at that time was a Hawaii High School record. And, he had a career of 84 passing and 27 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.

Tua burst onto the scene nationally, when he relieved Jalen Hurts in the second half and overtime of Alabama’s thrilling title game win over Georgia in the 2018 College Football Playoff Championship Game. Tagovailoa threw the game-winning touchdown pass on the first overtime possession, as Alabama celebrated their fifth National Title in nine seasons under Saban.

In his second season at the helm in the 2018 regular season, Tagovailoa was named second-team AP All-American and was a Heisman Trophy finalist, as the Tide reached the National Title game, again, before being beaten soundly by Clemson 12 months ago.

As this junior season unfolded, Tagovailoa was named almost became synonymous with the Dolphins, who started the season horribly at 0 – 7 and the moniker “Tank for Tua” began to gain momentum in South Florida.

However, Tagovailoa was injured in Alabama’s 10th game of the season suffering the hip injury on a sack late in the first half at Mississippi State. He missed the Tide’s final two regular-season games and their recent Citrus Bowl win over Michigan two weeks due to the injury.

Typically, players participate in some kind of individual workout or pro day, but as Rappaport relayed, most teams already know what Tagovailoa can do from his previous two seasons at Alabama. The bigger concern is his health and specifically his mobility, as he progresses through the summer and into the first NFL training camp and preseason of his career.

It is believed the Tagovailoa is the second, or at worst third rated, quarterback behind LSU Heisman Trophy winning National Championship QB Joe Burrow. Burrow is expected to be taken first overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in late April.

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Who is new Dolphins defensive coordinator Josh Boyer?

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On Sunday night, the Dolphins finally decided to allow first-year defensive coordinator Patrick Graham to leave and take the same position with the New York Giants. And, coach Brian Flores moved quickly to promote a member of his staff, Josh Boyer, to be his defensive play-caller

So exactly who is former New England assistant that will now be in charge Miami’s defensive unit? More on him in a moment.

First, as we wrote, Miami had wavered Saturday night and Sunday on whether to let Graham go to the Giants to be with new head coach, Joe Judge, creating an important void. Graham was only being given a “lateral move” to New York, and Miami could have continued to block him. But, in the end, Flores had someone he could trust already on staff.

That’s Boyer, who has just completed his 14th season in the NFL, all previously in New England and then, obviously, his first with the Fins after coming with Flores last February.

Boyer’s background is as a secondary coach and specifically, working with cornerbacks. He held that job for his last seven seasons in New England 2012 – 18 and was part of three Super Bowl championships under Bill Belichick.

Boyer deserves credit for helping the development of defensive backs like Malcolm Butler, who sealed Super Bowl 49 win over the Seahawks with his famous goal-line interception of Russell Wison in the final half minute of the game. Boyer also worked closely with Pro Bowlers Logan Ryan and more recently, Stephon Gilmore, who iced Super Bowl 53 win last February with a late INT against the Rams.

This past year was obviously a trying one for the Dolphins defensively, as they finished 32nd in scoring and 30th in overall in defense. But Boyer cannot be judged too much, given the cornerbacks he was working with, especially late in the year.

He had his best player, former number one pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, traded away in the first month to the Steelers. Miami also lost veteran Bobby McCain to injury later in the year and had a depleted secondary at the very end of the season.

However, Boyer (shown above with DB Eric Rowe after his week 17 pick six of Tom Brady) obviously impressed Flores and GM Chris Grier with his coaching to get the promotion.

And, he’s following a similar path as Flores, who worked his way up from secondary coach to defensive coordinator with the Pats.

Now, we’ll see if Miami can bolster their defensive backfield this off sesaon.

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