Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
After the Miami Dolphins defeated the New England Patriots after week one, much was made about the fact that the Dolphins had an emotional edge, especially after Knowshon Moreno ran through the Patriots defense and fired up the entire team. After the loss against the Buffalo Bills though, players such as Mike Wallace said that they didn’t have the same intensity as they did against the Patriots. Ryan Tannehill echoed those same sentiments and admitted that there was a lull during the Buffalo game due to the lack of tempo.
“It may have happened a little bit, just being honest. There was a little bit of a lull in the tempo and then going three-and-out, and them scoring. I think that’s going to be a challenge for us this week, is being able to respond and come out and play with high intensity from the beginning of the game,” he said. “If you’re not ready to play, it can show. Usually with being professional, you show up with energy, with emotion,” he said. “Now, whether you let what happens in the beginning of the game affect that and bring that down or if you’re able to overcome that and push through it, (it) speaks to the kind of guys you have and the kind of team you have.”
With Knowshon Moreno out of the lineup for the next several weeks, the Dolphins will need to look to someone else to get the team fired up. Tannehill believes that Damien Williams could be that spark if given the opportunity.
“He’s a physical runner. I think he’s kind of similar to Knowshon in that regard. I think as his confidence grows, then you’re going to see him run even harder. He’s also a guy that can catch the ball out of the backfield. I don’t think he’s had a pass in a game yet, but we see it in practice. He moves well out of the backfield and catches the ball well with his hands.”
Williams is listed as the second back behind Lamar Miller but Joe Philbin has been known to use the hot hand in the game. We’ll see what happens but if Williams gets the ball, he has the chance to break it open on every play and in turn, spark the intensity in the entire team.