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Dolphins at Colts: Interview with Colts Gab Writer Jamie Ellis

The Dolphins can’t allow Andrew Luck to get into a rhythm like he did against them last season

It’s time to garner some insight into the Dolphins’ opponent this week. Please welcome in Jamie Ellis, who covers the Colts at Colts Gab.

Below, Jamie touches on the Colts’ close call in Week 1, his expectations for Andrew Luck, who he sees winning this game and more. Make sure to follow Jamie and Colts Gab on twitter for more coverage of Sunday’s game.

Dolphins Gab: The Colts edged the Raiders by four in the opener, but many expected a blowout. Do you think it was simply a matter of being caught off guard by Oakland or were some legitimate flaws exposed in Chuck Pagano’s team?

Colts Gab: I’ve been very critical of Chuck Pagano and the coaching staff – even going back to the games that Pagano coached last year. This team is way too comfortable playing to the competition as opposed to using their talent, getting ahead and putting teams away (early). The offense moved the ball both on the ground and in the air against the Raiders. The problem is that Oakland kept the offense off the field. The Colts only ran 53 offensive plays! That is alarmingly low. The Raiders did a good job keeping the clock moving and keeping the Colts offense off the field.

Terrell Pryor also had an excellent day. Yes, he threw 2 picks which is ultimately why the Colts won the game. Still, he was very poised in the pocket and used his athleticism to move the ball. Overall, Oakland had a better game plan than Indy.

Owner Jim Irsay is not happy with the week 1 performance and has let the Twitter universe know about it. I think the Colts have a solid offensive team with an offensive line that will improve through time.

DG: How improved do you expect Andrew Luck to be in his sophomore season? Could he be ready to emerge as a top-five quarterback already?

CG: It will be difficult for Luck to improve if his offensive line doesn’t do a better job protecting him. The Raiders flushed Luck out of the pocket on almost every 2nd half pass. While his numbers were good (18-23, 178 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs), he will be susceptible to mistakes and possibly injury if he doesn’t get more protection. This week will be a great test against a very solid Miami defensive line.

Can Luck be a top 5 quarterback this year – yes, if his offensive line protects him. I just don’t expect that to happen.

DG: If you were the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator, how would you go about slowing down Luck and the Colts’ offense on Sunday?

CG: Similar to the Peyton Manning years, the Dolphins should try to keep Luck and the Indy offense off the field. The Raiders did a good job of this, limiting the Colts to only 53 offensive plays. The Dolphins need to win the time of possession game. The Dolphins also have to slow down the Colts running game. While their offensive line wasn’t great in week 1, the Colts did manage 4.8 yards per rush. If the Dolphin can stop the run early and force the Colts to pass, it will serve them well.

Last, the Dolphins have to pressure Luck. They should be able to do this based on what the Raiders were able to do last week. They have to force Luck out of the pocket and into mistakes. If they are able to do these 3 things (control TOP, stop the run, pressure Luck), they should win the game.

DG: What is your biggest reason for concern and biggest reason for optimism on the defensive side of the ball?

CG: I didn’t like the way our defensive line and linebackers played against Oakland in Week 1. While we were able to stop Darren McFadden (a traditional running back), we weren’t able to stop Terrell Pryor. It’s not a good sign when your safeties make 26 of the team’s 72 tackles! Tannehill isn’t as much of a running quarterback, so provided the Colts can stop the “traditional” run, they should have a better overall week.

I do believe the Colts secondary has the potential to be one of the best in the league. With former Dolphin Vontae Davis at one corner and newly acquired Greg Toler at the other corner, the Colts are solid in man to man coverage. Antoine Bethea and LaRon Landry are a formidable safety combination. If the Colts can get an early lead, stop the run and force the Dolphins to pass, they have a good chance to win.

DG: Finally, give me your prediction for Sunday’s game. Final score?

CG: While the Dolphins clearly have the better defensive line, I still like the Colts offense over the Dolphins offense. I also like our secondary better than the Dolphins secondary. I think the team will respond with a big week. It will still be a close game, but I expect them to play well. I say the Colts win 27-20.

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2 Responses to “Dolphins at Colts: Interview with Colts Gab Writer Jamie Ellis”

  1. Fins_Swag says:

    With all due respect our secondary is pretty improved too. I like Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons more than Bethea and roided out Landry. And we all know Vontae has his mental lapses. Wallace is going to burn Toler all game and Grimes is gonna shut down his side of the field.

  2. joselpacheco says:

    The 80 million dollar man will have big game and the W V J EXPRESS defenses will crush Mr luck big game for tinnehill…… Dolphin’s win 35-14

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