Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Week 5 vs. Jets Recap

Quick hits on the fantastic Monday night game:

  • I think it's safe to say that win-or-lose, Miami is one of the most entertaining teams to watch in the NFL, and in recent memory.
  • New minority-owner Marc Anthony did a tremendous job singing the pre-game national anthem. Really good stuff.
  • Lousaka Polite had a great game throwing huge blocks for Ronnie and Ricky.
  • That PI call on Will Allen was a disgraceful call.
  • What's with all of the people getting so outraged over the fact that the referee made the first penalty announcement in Spanish? Talk about xenophobia.
  • Anyone who continues to call Miami's use of the Wildcat a gimmick, or a joke, is just flat-out ignorant. You can call the Jets' pathetic attempt at it a gimmick, but Miami is clearly on another level with this stuff, and it's simply a huge, regular, and effective part of their offensive game plan. Deal with it.
  • Chad Henne made a declaration in this game. I have had my doubts about him, and one game doesn't change everything, but it certainly changes some things about how I look at him. His poise is unbelievable. He essentially led this offense on three separate comebacks in the fourth quarter.
  • Ted Ginn and Anthony Fasano, welcome to the season. Nice of you to finally show up.
  • Not enough praise can be given to this offensive line and tight ends for the spectacular job they did in protecting Henne and giving him plenty of time to make throws. That being said, Jake Grove got used and abused on more than one occasion by Kris Jenkins - the kind of big NT in the AFC East that he was specifically brought in here to beat.
  • Of special note - Justin Smiley was a freaking snow plow on that game-winning Wildcat run, pulling from his left guard spot and absolutely exploding open a running lane for Ronnie to follow straight to paydirt.
  • I know I'm not the only fan who was sweating bullets when out of nowhere, Sparano decides that the game-deciding drive with less than four minutes in the fourth quarter against a divisional rival was the perfect time to put Pat White in the game for his first snaps of the day. I think my heart skipped a beat when he almost tripped over his own feet before that first down run. Very lucky that those plays didn't backfire, but I like the idea of getting him more involved over the next few games.

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