Being the first game of the season, you can expect opening game jitters, a little rust and lack of cohesiveness to cause your share of mistakes. "I was going, 'Please run by me'".
"I saw it was just him and the kicker", Miami coach Adam Gase said. "I tried to stay in the present as much as I could".
In 2017, Hurricane Irma postponed their Week 1 contest, forcing them to play 16 consecutive games without a bye week. It was his first game since a knee injury sidelined him 21 months ago.
Stills iced the Dolphins' win when he torched Titans cornerback Malcolm Butler for a 75-yard touchdown from Tannehill with 10:22 remaining, giving Miami a 24-10 advantage. Yes, he had two interceptions.
"We just had a post route on and the corner was sitting outside and used our speed".
The defensive squad as a whole showed a lot of promise, especially considering the number of first and second year players.
Miami took command of the game with the touchdowns by Grant and Stills. "I don't think we can commit to anything right now".
Fales, a backup for the Dolphins last season, and Luke Falk, a rookie who the Dolphins invited for pre-draft workouts earlier this year, were inactive for Sunday's game. The fourth quarter featured three plays of 75 yards or longer, two of them by the home team. You talked before the season that was something you hadn't accomplished yet that you wanted to do. It helped the team win a football game.
"I thought it was late and low, but that's not a decision for me to make", said Mariota, who motioned to a nearby official after absorbing the hit. The front seven played well.
"That's the job we have - to make sure we play through whatever situation", Vrabel said.
- Adam Gase wasn't about to call the game against Tennessee a flawless outing for the offense because there indeed were things to clean up, including pre-snap penalties, but the Dolphins still were able to accomplish a lot of good things.