With 57,789 fans looking on, the Dolphins and Buccaneers tangled at Sun Life Stadium but the Bucs pulled out the win , 17-16, in the next to last pre-season game. Even with the loss, the Fins showed improvement on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins led until the final minute of the game when rookie quarterback Mike Glennon hit David Douglas with a 12-yard TD with 1:03 left in the game. The winning TD was set up by a Dolphin miscue when Jonas Gray fumbled and it was returned 55-yards by the Bucs Sean Baker. The Fins had three turnovers on the night. With their pre-season record now at 1-3, the team is making is final preparations for this coming Thursday night game with the New Orleans Saints to close out the pre-season.
Starters only played the first half and several familiar faces finally saw some playing time. John Jerry started at right guard while Randy Starks got some snaps as a reserve defensive tackle. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill was 17-27 for 150 yards and one touchdown and a qb rating of 90.0. So far Tannehill is 34-56 for 377 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in the pre-season.
Other notes, Brandon Gibson caught his first touchdown reception as a Dolphin. Gibson came over in the off-season from the St. Louis Rams. Lamar Miller had a 20-yard run in the first quarter versus Tampa Bay. Rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis finished the night 3-for-3 on field goal attempts after adding a 28-yarder in the fourth quarter.
Defensive notes include the defense recording 6.0 sacks against Tampa Bay, it's highest of the 2013 pre-season.
In his post-game comments, head coach Joe Philbin was not happy with the Fins turnovers.
"Four in a game, that’s an issue in the game, no doubt about it. We had two on special teams and two big ones at the end of the game. We’ve got to finish a game better. You have to finish the game, I don’t care if we’re playing at home or on the road or neutral, it doesn’t matter, regular, post, we have to finish the game better.”
Tannehill knows there plenty of room for improvement but is happy with the offense's progress.
“I think we did some good things. We moved the ball well. We didn’t finish once it got to the red-zone. That’s a big area of focus for us is scoring touchdowns when you are in the Red Zone, especially down inside the 10 and five (yard line). You get that close, you move the ball down the field, you really want to score touchdowns.”
But he knows the Red Zone production is critical for success.
“It doesn’t raise alarm, but we definitely will work on it and look at things we did well (and) things we were a hair off. We had some chances, and we were just a hair off. Again, this is still the preseason. We are still ironing out some small wrinkles. I saw some good things of us moving the ball down the field. Now we just got to fix that one little thing that will get us in the endzone instead of being a foot off."
No tight end has stepped up to the starting role and Philbin has not named one.Tannehill is looking for some chemistry on the field.
“I think we have good chemistry between (Charles) Clay and I. Tonight we weren’t exactly on, but if you go back and look at last year and training camp, I feel like we have a good connection. I feel like he is going to step up and play well for us.”
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