Life is good. Football is back.
I know, I know it is only preseason. Still it is football. It is a slight peek at what we may see once the regular season arrives.
The first week is often a crap shoot. Sloppy play is not unusual. Teams get on the same page while also seeing the first live action against someone in another jersey. The final score is unimportant.
So what did we see when the Miami Dolphins met the Chicago Bears?
First Team Offense and Defense:
Ryan Tannehill and Ndamukong Suh both showed that they were worth every penny. Tannehill led a successful drive in his limited game action going 6 of 7 for 56 yards and the one touchdown the Dolphins would score. During Suh’s time on the field the defense was dominant against the Bears first team offense.
While some have worried the offensive line would fall to pieces during real-time game action they did not. Even Dallas Thomas(who may feel is the weak link) performed admirably. It was not perfect but it was enough to hold of signing Evan Mathis for now. The next few weeks will demonstrate just how good the line can be.
Second year linebackers Chris McCain and Jordan Tripp both left the game with injuries. Neither injury seemed significant with Tripp’s the more serious of the two. The silver lining was getting to see extended playing time from two of the rookie undrafted free agents: Mike Hull and Zach Vigil. Both players found themselves around the ball again and again. They showed enough that both players deserve a closer look which they may get in the upcoming weeks while McCain and Tripp heal from their injuries. More playing time could accelerate the learning process for these rookies making it easier to rely on them during the regular season.
One game in the books. Plenty to like, also plenty to learn from.
This week there are joint practices with the Carolina Panthers, followed by the 2nd preseason game.
Time to get back to work. Be better tomorrow than they were today.