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Jimmy Cefalo: What We Have Learned
By on October 11, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Dolphins play-by-play announcer and former WR Jimmy Cefalo has been around this organization for a long time and around the game of football for even longer. So when we asked him to assess what he’s seen from the Fins through the first four games of the 2010 season, we knew we would get some  great questions and answers.

Continue reading to see what Jimmy was looking forward to learning and if he’s satisfied with the answers that the Dolphins have provided:

Guest Blog, by Jimmy Cefalo

To get a proper evaluation of the Dolphins through the first four games, it’s important to look back where the team was heading into the season. Going into Week 1, the Dolphins faced their share of questions; four games later many of those questions have been answered, but a few remain.

Pre-season Question: How would the Defense hold up with a young secondary and a pair of new starting OLB’s in Cam Wake and Koa Misi?

Answer: Vontae Davis has proven to be a very good cornerback, as close to a shutdown corner as this team has had since the days of Sam Madison and Pat Surtain. We’ve also seen some good things from Wake and Misi. With the exception of the Jets game, the defense has come to play and held up their end of the bargain.

Pre-Season Question: How much progression will we see from Chad Henne?

Answer: Well, in each of the last two games he’s thrown for over 300 yards but he’s also made some poor decisions that he wishes he could have back. We’ve seen enough good things from Chad that I’m encouraged, but there’s still a learning curve that comes with any young quarterback not named Marino.

Pre-Season Question: Will the center of the offensive line gel together and lead the way for success in the ground game?

Answer: This is an incomplete answer at this point, I still think there are some questions here. Joe Berger has handled the center spot pretty well, John Jerry has been out for the last couple of weeks so the jury is still out on him, and Richie Incognito has been that tough guy that you expected. However, I think we need to see more out of the interior lineman to get a better feel about the running game.

Pre-Season Question: Will the Dolphins right the ship on special teams?

Answer: This is really the only issue that I still have a major concern with. We’ve learned through the first four games that this is game made up of three distinct areas: offense, defense, and special teams. We haven’t gotten enough out of the return game, and the blocking has been erratic. Going back to the beginning of pre-season the Dolphins have had five kicks blocked in just eight games, so this is the area that needs the most improvement. The good news is that this is one of the area’s that’s easiest to fix.

Just because you’re at .500 through the first quarter of the season doesn’t mean that you have to stay there. Despite a tough schedule over the next few weeks, I think the Dolphins have shown promise in the areas that I had the most concern with heading into the season. As for the areas where there’s concern now (special teams!), I think it’s fixable in the not too distant future.

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