Here’s the story, of a man named Brady…
A man who just couldn’t pull off a win on Sunday afternoon against a much “stronger together” Dolphins team at Sun Life Stadium. The Miami Dolphins came out swinging. The team impressed with a 33-20 victory over the New England Patriots, and the family-like bond and positive energy emitted from the team was evident from the first to last quarter.
The Dolphins started the first home game of the season off right, scoring first. But despite a teeter-totter second quarter, the team rallied together after trailing behind by 10 points at the half. If locker room walls could talk, I’m certain the halftime motivation from Coach Philbin is exactly the motivation the team needed, as they came back and blew the Patriots out of the pristine Miami waters.
Post-game, Coach Philbin praised both Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 134 yards and a big fourth-quarter touchdown, as well as Ryan Tannehill, who, despite a few lackluster empty passes down the field, still came out as a successor.
Cameron Wake’s forced fumble and Louis Delmas’ fumble recovery changed the momentum of the game, as the defense showed a flawless and ruthless performance. Delmas, a Miami-native, was drafted by theDetroit Lionsin the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft and joined the Dolphins this season under a one-year contract. As a full-time starter, he is known for a ruthless and consistent hitting-style, as well as his positive and contagious energy he brings to both the team and locker room.
The Offensive Line also impressed, proving all of the pre-season naysayers wrong with a solid field time in Game 1. Despite the victory, Miami lost starting LBs Koa Misi with an ankle issue in the first half, as well as Danell Ellerbee with a hip injury. Those injuries were in addition to that of Phillip Wheeler, who was already out.
Injuries aside, there is no question that this season not only started off right for the Miami Dolphins, but that the team, is in fact, working under a new mentality that has clearly brought them together in a way that has caused a strong bond between players and coaches alike. If they continue applying the positive mentality with the application of merciless field play that was shown on Sunday, Miami fans may finally have a tremendous reason for continuous celebration throughout the season.
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