Defensive Front Ready For Dolphins Ground Game

Posted by cjsiewert on September 16, 2010 – 5:52 am

With the Vikings home opener dawning upon us, players have their undivided attention on the Miami Dolphins and aspirations of extending their 9-game home winning streak. The appeal to the Dolphins from many standpoints is their versatility in the rushing attack, but that doesn’t have the Vikings defensive line worried one bit.

“You know, the Wildcat was cool like three years ago when they broke it out,” DE Jared Allen jokingly told reporters in the Vikings locker room after Wednesday’s practice. “But no, there’s enough film on it now to where you can study it. Just like anything, if fundamentally you’re sound then it really doesn’t matter who has the ball or how they get it. Eventually, you have to find the ball and make the tackle.”

The ground game is where the Dolphins have been known to establish their offense with the tandem of RBs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. This was the case in Miami’s 15-10 season-opening victory over the Buffalo Bills as the Fins ran a total of 36 rushing plays (compared to 34 passing plays) – Brown and Williams combined for 31 attempts, 127 yards and a TD.

Having a great deal of emphasis on the rushing attack, the Vikings defensive front is well aware that it needs to make plays on the runner and force the Dolphins to revert their approach to the air, which is under the direction of 3rd-year QB Chad Henne. But before the front 4 can worry about the QB they must first put a halt to the rush.

“It’s going to be real important to confuse him (Henne) but I think their main game plan is their great rush attack,” DT Kevin Williams acknowledged. “We’ve got to slow that down first and earn the right to get after their quarterback. He’s a young guy and we want to rattle him of course, but we got to stop that great running game first.”

Miami has given itself a unique offensive identity over recent years with the introduction of the Wildcat and that’s been effective with the personnel available to the Dolphins, but facing a defensive front such as the Vikings, perhaps the Purple will reaffirm their identity as a stout run-stopping unit.

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21 Responses to “Defensive Front Ready For Dolphins Ground Game”

  1. By rocksalt on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    time to step it up with our front 4

  2. By MGR4FUN on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    could be a very long afternoon for … chad / ronnie & rickey … i look for pat and kevin and EJ to all three hav huge games

  3. By Karl from the Keys on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    My Fins are going to come in and pounce on that old man, Farve, like we did a couple years ago when he was with the Jets in the final game of the season. He’s gonna feel like he did when he blew that game against New Orleans in last year’s playoffs – hurting and once again considering retirement. 24-14 Fins win.

  4. By markp on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Karl From the Keys: I really dont think Dolphins have a chance in our place the DOME. That crowd noise will be to much and that running game wont get much done, you may have a few field goals but thats about it, you will see AP with 120+ rushing yards 2TD’s and Brett with 2 TD’s. Its going to be a blow out. 34-13. Vikings are going on a win streak starting this week. They will end up 12-4.

  5. By Tim Beckstrom on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Dolphins will not rush over a hundred yards

  6. By Tim Beckstrom on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Thats right Karl

  7. By Ski on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Whatch our Vikings score 40+!

  8. By Flyin J on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Fins dont have a chance the crowd noise in that dome willl F up the Fins offense…. Vikes gon all the way this year Favres not taking no for an answer!!!! anybody agree?

  9. By kw on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    hope so flyim, especially if they get vincent jackson

  10. By steve b on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply


  11. By VIKING IN NEW HAMPSHIRE on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    karl wake up !!!

  12. By David on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    V Jackson can play in the fifth game of any team he is traded to.. Interesting but he is asking alot of money to play..

  13. By Derek on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    So, Ronnie Brown will rush for 100 yards and 2 td’s. With the Vikings still winning the game! 14-35 Vikings. I want Ronnie to score me some points in my fantasy league.

  14. By Bleedin Purple on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Your gonna wanna sit R. Brown if u got him… I’m having a hard time justifying playin B. Marshall

  15. By ChiTown Vikings Fan on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    I can guarantee you chilly wont take v. jackson. hes all about good attitudes and jackson clearly doesn’t have that. as much as it’d probably help our wide receiver core (and as much as well all probably think we should try to get him), i doubt we’ll end up with him. we should’ve gone after houzmanzadah or however you spell that lol. im just excited for the vikings to kick the bears ass haha.

  16. By WTF on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply

    Houshmandzadeh had an attitude problem too, why else would he be cut with such a big guarantee on his contract?

  17. By SWEETLOU305 on Sep 16, 2010 | Reply


  18. By Manamongst on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    Derek, I’d love to see Ronnie do that, I have him in Fantasy, and think he will break a couple of big plays and pad his stats, he’s suprisingly fast on turf. I’m not a Finns or Vikings fan, though I prefer the Vikings in this match-up, they definitely have the more attractive play. I think Brette hits them up on ineffective blitz’s and they get up early and they pull out a more liberal wildcat. Your defense for sure this week has been getting good reps on the run/run wrinkles, but I guarantee they haven’t on wildcat pass/pass wrinkles. I know Miami can’t depend on special teams to build a lead, they won’t get up early and they will be down, beware of the cornered dolphin, outside of that Vikings easily. Or an upset if it’s close, if it’s close the Viks will be dominated in t.o.p.

  19. By Manamongst on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    And oh yeah, if it’s the 2nd or 3rd quarter and you’re asking, ‘who the f*&$ is Cameron Wake and Koa Misi’ then yall might be in some trouble…

  20. By projections on Sep 17, 2010 | Reply

    First the Dolphins trade away Wes Welker becaus ethey couldn’t use him effectively, then they trade Greg Camarillo. And Favre loves this Camarillo kid, lets see if it bites Dolphins on the ….

  21. By Biker on Sep 18, 2010 | Reply

    If Pat Williams stands at an angle to the center all game the fish will run the same cutback run the Saints won the opener with. Left guard has an easy push on Williams side and back. All they talked about last week was how good the Saints left guard is but I could have made that block all afternoon. Why didn’t the coaches pick up on it and why didn’t Williams. He was pushed face first into the ground at least 10 times in the second half.

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