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Dolphins beaten again decisively but can take some positives

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Predictably, the Dolphins dropped their third straight game with a lopsided loss to the Cowboys. However, there were some positive signs, at least for a little while, in Dallas.

Yes, this is what it’s come to with the 2019 “tank at all cost” version of the Fins.

Starting second-year quarterback Josh Rosen got the start for the first time in Miami, as the Dolphins were looking for some kind of spark on offense. And found a little of it, at least early, with a couple of field-goal drives.

For his part, Rosen was actually knocked out of the game briefly and evaluated for a concussion before returning. He finished with 200 yards on 18-29 attempts, which is fine. But the bigger problem was back as the game went on: Miami could not sustain offense or put points on the board.

This what went on the last two weeks in blowout losses to the Ravens and the Patriots, where once the other team began to score touchdowns, the Dolphins fell hopelessly behind and almost into desperation mode even in the first half.

And, Sunday, even though it took the Cowboys an extra half, they eventually did the same thing by outscoring the Fins 21 – 0 after intermission.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott was 19 – 32 for 246 yards with two TDs and an INT. Prescott also ran in for an 8 yard touchdown of the second half, which bascially put the game away at 24 – 6. The Cowboys also did whatever they wanted running a ball as Ezekiel Elliott had his second consecutive 100-yard day on the young season.

Elliott( above) finished with 125 yards on 19 carries and was the proper compliment to Prescott’s throwing. He, like the pass game, basically did what they wanted after halftime.

So in the end, Miami was left trying to spin in this loos, they were more competitive than in the previous two.

Yet, the hard facts are the 25 point defeat now puts their point differential margin at -117 after three games. That is the worst in the Pro Football since at least 1950. The Oakland Raiders were outscored by 106 points in their first three games of the AFL 1961 season.

And they haven’t been 0-3 in South Florida, since the 0-7 start of 2011.

Again, Miami is awful and there’ not much arguing they’re the worst team in the NFL.

It’s just that Sunday, they made it more of a game early.

And, that’s about all Miami has to hang it’s hat on, for now.

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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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