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In other words, it matters, especially to those players anxious to make the roster or learn schemes before they're tossed into the fire as rookie cogs in a hole-filled defense (hello, Koa Misi!). Since the Dolphins are hosting the Bucs tonight, there's actually little else to watch for except progress from the youngsters. It's not like Tampa Bay is expected to put on a display of offensive fireworks tonight or ever.It would, on the other hand, be nice to see one from Brandon Marshall, if only because we're greedy. And since it's his first game in front of the home crowd, chances are we'll get one. Wheee! Here's what to expect when you're spectating at 23 GMT
Date : 14-08-2010
Time : from 23:00 until 02:30 (GMT)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins
Week 1 – NFL Preseason 2010
Dolfans, are stoked about a preseason game. Even though it's still roughly a month until the real games count, we all have been without live football for too long.
In the team's first preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, there are some things you need to see and some others that would make us collectively cringe in front of our television sets or in the stands on Saturday Night.
Here is the set of expectations for the Dolphins and what to watch for as fans, especially for those diehards who will still be tuning in the third and fourth quarter even though a significant portion of those players won't even be on the final roster.
We want to see..
1. Chad Henne lead a sustained drive for a touchdown. As the Dolphins' starter at quarterback, Henne really shouldn't be out on the field for more than a series or two. He does need to show the ability to move this team consistently during the preseason and the Buccaneers defense should provide a good opportunity to start off the right way.
2. The Dolphins secondary shut down a multitude of Tampa Bay wide receivers fighting for roster spots. Sean Smith, Vontae Davis, and especially rookie Nolan Carroll are on the spot in the first half of this game against the likes of Buccaneers first year players Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams. With Will Allen's knee troubles likely keeping him out of the lineup and Evan Ogelsby being placed on injured reserve, look for Miami's depth to be sorely tested later in the game.
3. Brandon Marshall make a big catch. It doesn't have to be of the long touchdown variety (although it would be nice), but you want him to justify even briefly the excitement that Dolphin fans have about their shiny new acquisition. Then, you want him to take the rest of the evening off on the sideline to stay healthy.
4. Pass rush, pass rush, and more pass rush. This comes with a caveat too. I want the pass rush to come out of Miami's base defense, not the exotic blitz packages that Mike Nolan creates. The Dolphins need to show that their players can use just their natural ability to beat a lineman, tight end, or running back to the quarterback. In short, fancy schemes tend to get figured out and don't cover up talent deficiencies forever. The Dolphins should be able to create some pressure on Josh Freeman. If the first string can't, it might be time to see who on the roster can generate heat on the opposing team's quarterback.