Notes & Quotes: Happy Day For Dolphins

From Arrowhead Stadium

As he met with the media after his team’s 31-3 victory over the Chiefs on Sunday, Miami Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano was a bit subdued.

Especially, for a coach that’s team had just ended a 10-game franchise losing streak and won its first game of the season after losing the first seven.

“I’m just happy for the guys in the locker room, I really am,” said Sparano. “All I’ve wanted to do for seven weeks is to see these guys smile. I’m happy for them.”

Believe it … they were happy to be happy after losing every time they’ve stepped on the field this season.

“Our coach’s message all week was to start fast, finish strong and we did it,” said WR Brandon Marshall. “We’re going to enjoy this one and then move on to the next one.”

Added RB Reggie Bush: “It’s been a tough little road these first few games and we’ve been waiting for this one. The difference today was that we executed. The effort has been there every game, but we’ve been lacking in the execution department. I think that’s the main reason we were successful today.”

PRESSURING CASSEL

After the game, the Dolphins made it plain that their defensive plan was built around keeping Chiefs QB Matt Cassel as uncomfortable as possible.

They certainly did that by getting five sacks and keeping Cassel running for his football life all day.

“He made some plays on the run, but no quarterback likes to get pressured too much and moved off the spot and made uncomfortable, and that’s our job to do that,” said OLB Jason Taylor. “He didn’t stop fighting because of it, but I’m sure he would have preferred to have a little more time in some situations.”

ILB Karlos Dansby could see that the constant pass rush was getting to Cassel.

“He was very erratic, throwing the ball all over the place,” Dansby said. “A couple guys dropped a couple of passes for them. That’s all we really needed in order to really shut those guys out.”

ATMOSPHERE REPORT

The Chiefs announced paid attendance of 72,263, but there certainly were not that many butts in the seats at Arrowhead for the game. More like somewhere between 60,000 to 65,000.

They started out making a lot of noise, but the tone of the game quickly changed as the Chiefs fell behind and the crowd became no bother for the Dolphins. Although they were penalized seven times in the game, the offense did not get hit with a false start penalty.

By the fourth quarter and the Chiefs down 28-3, the stadium cleared out.

ZEBRA REPORT

Walt Anderson and his crew handled the game. They came into the game as a pretty busy crew, averaging 13 penalties walked off per game for 108 yards. On this afternoon, there were 15 penalties accepted for 119 yards, so they were right about their average.

Here’s what the Chiefs were penalized for on the afternoon:

Flag

Offender Penalty

Yards

1.

D. Bowe False start

-5

2.

A. Studebaker Illegal hands

Offset

3.

M. Cassel Illegal pass

-5

4.

G. Dorsey Encroachment

-5

5.

T. Hali Un. Roughness

-15

6.

J. O’Connell Holding

Decl.

7.

J. O’Connell Illegal formation

Offset

8.

D. Washington Un. Roughness

-15

9.

B. Richardson False start

-5

10.

J. Baldwin Off. Pass inter

-10

11.

B. Albert Holding

-10

There were no replay challenges or reviews in the game. Don’t often see that in the NFL these days.

SPECIAL TEAMS REPORT

K Ryan Succop – He hit his only FG attempt of the game, from 43 yards. He’s now made 10 in a row. Succop kicked off twice and both went for touchbacks.

P Dustin Colquitt – He punted five times for 51, 32, 54, 35 and 57 yards. That’s an average of 45.8 yards per kick. His net total on each kick was 42, 32, 40, 20 and 44, for an average of 35.6 yards.

R Dexter McCluster – Handling both punt and kickoff returns with Javier Arenas out with an ankle injury, he had five total returns. His two punt returns went for an average of 15 yards, with a long of 22 yards. His three kickoff returns went for an average of 17.7 yards, with a long of 21. Terrance Copper also had a kickoff return for 12 yards.

Coverage – The Dolphins averaged 12.8 yards on four punt returns with a long return of 15 yards. LB Cory Greenwood was credited with three total tackles in the kicking game. OLB Justin Houston added two tackles.

PERSONNEL FILE

The inactive players for the Chiefs were QB Ricky Stanzi, S Jon McGraw, WR Jerheme Urban, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, OT Steve Maneri and CB Javier Arenas.

Inactive players for the Dolphins were CB Vontae Davis, RB Steve Slaton, LB Ikaika Alama-Francis, OT Will Barker, G John Jerry, TE Will Yeatman and DE Philip Merling.


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