Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
With the Kansas City Chiefs coming to town in just a few days, it presents different challenges for the Miami Dolphins offense and defense. Brent Grimes and Ryan Tannehill took some time to speak out on the various challenges that each side of the ball present to their respective units.
For Tannehill and the offense, they will need to key on their pass rushers and learn to deal with the exotic blitzes that the Chiefs like to bring, especially on third down.
"I see some guys that are talented on their defense. They have good pass rushers up front. They want to get pressure on the quarterback, they bring some exotic blitzes on third down. If they’re able to get to the quarterback, then they can force them into making bad decisions and throwing the ball downfield where it shouldn’t be," Tannehill said. "We have to do a good job of protecting up front and letting our receivers on the outside win. I like our receiver matchups no matter who we are playing against. I expect that we have the talent on the outside that can get open and win. It’s just a matter of having time to give them the ball.”
On the defensive side of the ball, Grimes said that they will have to limit the amount of time Alex Smith has to throw due to his ability to extend plays and make things happen on the run.
"I don’t know. It’s a problem for secondaries because he can extend plays whereas a normal guy might be in trouble and might get sacked," Grimes said. "He can extend the play and give the receivers a little more time to get open. It can turn into backyard football a little bit and make points, get open. That’s a big thing for him.”