Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
When playing a game of chess, it's always important to have a good endgame in order to soundly defeat your opponent once almost all the pieces have been removed from the game board. Well in football there's an endgame as well, and last season the Dolphins found themselves struggling to put away their opponents.
And that's why yesterday, the team decided to start and end practice with some very situational scrimmages. The Dolphins created a scenario where they were down by four points with only 1:30 left on the game clock. Starting on their own 30-yard line, Ryan Tannehill was tasked with leading his team down the field to win the game.
After connecting with wide receiver Brian Hartline on a deep route, the defense stepped up to make two consecutive plays, but then Tannehill found Landry again for a first down. In the end, Tannehill was able to complete passes to Hartline and Rishard Matthews to get into the endzone for a touchdown.
It's always encouraging to see the offense working well together, but since it was merely a scrimmage, it's only a small indication that the redzone offense can work. It's during play against other teams that we will know for sure whether or not the offense has improved in putting away their opponents, or if necessary, to make a comeback.