By Lisa Johnson//@LJ1303
I sit down to write this article fresh off the Dolphins first practice scrimmage of the 2018 NFL season. As they have done in the last several years, The Miami Dolphins opened up the stadium to fans that want to come out and watch the team during training camp.
This year, however, I found myself in new territory. This particular game, I was joining the media to cover the team that I have followed for going on 4 generations. (showed my age there!)
As my alarm clock rang out at 5:30 am, getting ready for my 1 1/2 hr ride to the stadium, I laid there with my eyes wide open, getting excited for the day ahead. I arrived at the stadium a bit early. I sat down outside the stadium and a wave of memories surrounded me.
Soon, I found myself actually second guessing the whole thing. Was I supposed to be here? Would I know what to say? Would they respect my view as a woman? Rescuing me from my thoughts, a nice Florida Highway Patrolman sat down beside me and ask me how my morning was going. I unloaded my whole thought process on him. I also explained to him that this was my 40th year coming to these games.
We sat and talked about the good ole days of quarterback Bob Griese, the history-making years of QB Dan Marino, and all the years that followed. All of a sudden he burst out laughing and was shaking his head. He then turned to me and said, “You have this in the bag. You just taught me 10 things I didn’t know about the Dolphins. And you did this in a matter of 30 minutes!”
And you know what, he was right. I have followed this team and studied this game for 40 years. I have the ability to be both a fan and a knowledgeable woman that can break this team down to its very last player. I know this game, and most of all, I know this team. So damn right I got this!
With that being said, let me break down this mornings scrimmage.
I’ll start with the return of QB Ryan Tannehill, who saw a limited amount of action. Tannehill was 3 for 6 for 22 yards and no touchdowns. The bright spot being a 10-yard bootleg that moved the chains. The defense seemed miles ahead of the offense today. Defensive end Charles Harris was all over the field followed by DE Andre Branch.
Both would have had a multiple sack game if they had counted. Offensively, this team struggled at times. They got called for several false starts and a couple of delay of game penalties. Special teams battle between kickers saw Greg Joseph go for 2-2 with a long of 47 yards. Jason Sanders went 3-2 with a miss of 52 yards.
When asked about his overall observations on the practice, head coach Adam Gase quickly pointed out the pre-snap penalties. Saying that is something that needs to be fixed and cleaned up. The offense will have 4 days to get this worked out.
The Dolphins open their 2018 preseason campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Thursday night at Hard Rock stadium.
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