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The Miami Dolphins were defeated quite soundly by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, and 49ers linebacker Fred Warner may have shed some light on why. Warner said in an interview that going up against the Dolphins offense felt a lot like going up against his own team’s offensive group. “Yes, most definitely,” Warner said […]

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The Miami Dolphins were defeated quite soundly by the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, and 49ers linebacker Fred Warner may have shed some light on why.

Warner said in an interview that going up against the Dolphins offense felt a lot like going up against his own team’s offensive group.

“Yes, most definitely,” Warner said when Rich Eisen asked if it felt like he was going up against his own team. “Obviously, Mike [McDaniel] was a huge part of what we did offensively when he was here. He brought in guys that were familiar with the system. They have their own fullback that they use in all types of ways in the backfield and all the different personnel sets and all the jet motion to try to get your eyes moving in different directions. So, it was very similar to playing against our offense.”

The Dolphins offense has been electric for much of the season with Tua Tagovailoa under center, but it struggled mightily on Sunday against Warner and the stout San Francisco defensive unit.

Tagovailoa had arguably his worst performance of the season on Sunday. Though he finished with 295 yards and two touchdowns through the air, he also threw two picks and had a 54.5 percent completion percentage.

It was certainly a disappointing loss for a Dolphins team that has looked like a real contender throughout the 2022 NFL season.

The good news is that the Dolphins will have the chance to play against a defense that is far less familiar with their offensive schemes this weekend. The Dolphins will take on a talented Los Angeles Chargers game in what is sure to be an exciting Sunday Night Football clash.

The Chargers are currently fighting for their playoff lives at 6-6 on the season. They sit at the No. 9 seed in the AFC behind the New England Patriots. As for the Dolphins, they have a bit of wiggle room when it comes to their playoff standing and still have their sights set on an AFC East division title.

If the Dolphins can get a win over the Chargers, it will set things up very nicely for a Week 15 clash against the supercharged Buffalo Bills. The Bills are first in the AFC East and the conference at the moment, but they are holding onto those leads by very slim margins.

All in all, the Dolphins seem to be moving past last weekend’s loss productively. Tagovailoa himself has already indicated that they’ve mentally moved on to the games ahead of them.

With a win on Sunday night, the Dolphins would move to 9-4 on the season. That would match the total number of wins that they earned last season.

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Deebo Samuel says San Francisco 49ers had Tua Tagovailoa ‘shook’: ‘He was just throwing gimmies out there’ https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/05/deebo-samuel-says-san-francisco-49ers-had-tua-tagovailoa-shook-he-was-just-throwing-gimmies-out-there/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 20:57:44 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11938

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled a bit in his team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He completed only 18 of his 33 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. 49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who took some shots at Raheem Mostert and the rest of the Dolphins after […]

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Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled a bit in his team’s loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. He completed only 18 of his 33 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

49ers star wide receiver Deebo Samuel, who took some shots at Raheem Mostert and the rest of the Dolphins after the game, also aimed fire at Tagovailoa, saying that the University of Alabama product was “just throwing gimmies out there.”

While Tagovailoa definitely didn’t look his best all game long, he did have plenty of nice plays, including a 45-yard touchdown throw to Tyreek Hill at the start of the fourth quarter.

The former No. 5 overall pick from the 2020 NFL Draft also hit former 49ers wide receiver Trent Sherfield for a 75-yard touchdown on Miami’s first play from scrimmage in the game.

However, plenty of people criticized him for not being able to beat rookie quarterback Brock Purdy, the seventh-round pick that replaced Jimmy Garoppolo and led the 49ers to victory. Purdy is set to start for the 49ers for the rest of the season, as Garoppolo suffered a broken foot against Miami.

Tagovailoa and the Dolphins are surely disappointed with Sunday’s game, but it seems like they’re already looking ahead to their Week 14 Sunday Night Football showdown against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.

Miami needs a win in order to keep up in the standings. The Dolphins dropped to second place in the AFC East with the loss on Sunday and are now one full game back of the Buffalo Bills, their opponents in Week 15.

As a result of dropping behind the Bills in the division, Miami is now in sixth place in the conference. It is still in a playoff spot for now, but it can’t let up as the regular season comes to a close.

After the games against the Chargers and Bills, Miami will then take on the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and New York Jets. It is going to be a tough end to the season for Tagovailoa and company, but they are definitely up for the task.

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Report: Miami Dolphins signing Eric Fisher, placing Austin Jackson on injured reserve https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/05/report-miami-dolphins-signing-former-no-1-overall-pick-eric-fisher-placing-austin-jackson-on-injured-reserve/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 19:15:54 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11928

The Miami Dolphins made a couple of moves to their offensive line on Monday, as the team reportedly signed free agent Eric Fisher and placed Austin Jackson on injured reserve. Dolphins are signing former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher and, in a corresponding move, placing starting OT Austin Jackson on injured reserve, per league […]

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The Miami Dolphins made a couple of moves to their offensive line on Monday, as the team reportedly signed free agent Eric Fisher and placed Austin Jackson on injured reserve.

Jackson will have to miss a minimum of four games before being able to return. This is the second time this season that he has been placed on injured reserve, previously landing on the list after suffering an ankle injury during Miami’s Week 1 win over the New England Patriots.

The University of Southern California product didn’t make his return until Week 12 against the Houston Texans and was forced to miss the team’s 33-17 loss on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers.

Miami is surely hoping that Fisher will be able to turn back the clock and provide some stability on the offensive line. After spending the first eight seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, Fisher joined the Indianapolis Colts for the 2021 season and struggled throughout the campaign.

The Colts didn’t re-sign him after the season, and he has been without a team since. Hopefully, he’ll be able to do well protecting Tua Tagovailoa.

Fisher is a two-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion. He was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick by the Chiefs in the 2013 NFL Draft out of Central Michigan University.

Terron Armstead, the Dolphins’ starting left tackle, missed the game against the 49ers with a pectoral injury. Miami is surely hoping that it can count on him for its Week 14 Sunday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Miami is 8-4 and second in the AFC East, just one game behind the Buffalo Bills for the division lead. Due to losing on Sunday and falling behind in the division race, the Dolphins now hold the No. 6 seed in the conference.

They will take on the Bills on the road in Week 15 in a matchup that might end up deciding who wins the division this season. They also still have two more divisional games beyond that, with one against the New England Patriots and one versus the New York Jets.

For now, however, Miami is likely focused on the Chargers and helping Fisher get up to speed.

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Deebo Samuel throws shade at Raheem Mostert and the Miami Dolphins: ‘I thought they had the best talent’ https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/05/deebo-samuel-throws-shade-at-raheem-mostert-and-miami-dolphins-i-thought-they-had-the-best-talent/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 14:52:11 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11922

Multiple San Francisco 49ers players took offense to some recent comments Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert made, and Deebo Samuel took no time in throwing some shade at Mostert and the Dolphins after their matchup on Sunday. Deebo Samuel on Raheem Mostert’s comments earlier in the week: “I thought they had the best talent. […]

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Multiple San Francisco 49ers players took offense to some recent comments Miami Dolphins running back Raheem Mostert made, and Deebo Samuel took no time in throwing some shade at Mostert and the Dolphins after their matchup on Sunday.

Samuel and the 49ers beat the Mostert and the Dolphins 33-17 on Sunday. The one-time Pro Bowler ran the ball four times for five yards and also caught six passes for 58 yards in the contest.

49ers running back Christian McCaffrey made much more of an impact, recording 66 rushing yards, 80 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown.

As for Mostert, he did not do much at all, only carrying the ball seven times for 30 yards. Due to the 49ers having arguably the best run defense in the entire NFL, the Dolphins didn’t run the ball much.

Instead, they tried to do more damage through the air. That approach offered mixed results, as starting quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completed 18 of his 33 passes for 295 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

He had some bad plays but also made some really nice throws, including one that resulted in a 45-yard touchdown to star wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

It will be interesting to see if Mostert or any other Dolphins player responds to Samuel’s remarks. However, it seems like everyone in the locker room is already focusing on the Week 14 Sunday Night Football matchup against Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers.

The only way the 49ers and Dolphins will face off against each other again is if both teams make it to the Super Bowl. That’s surely something that might end up happening, but both teams are likely only thinking about Week 14 right now.

Miami is now in second place in the AFC East, and it is just a game back of the Buffalo Bills. The Dolphins currently hold the tiebreaker over the Bills due to beating them in Week 3 in Miami.

The two teams are set to square off in Week 15 in New York in what’s going to be a huge test for Tagovailoa and the Dolphins. After that, Miami will have games against the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and New York Jets left on the schedule.

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Skip Bayless blasts Tua Tagovailoa for losing to San Francisco 49ers rookie QB https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/05/skip-bayless-blasts-tua-tagovailoa-for-losing-to-san-francisco-49ers-rookie-qb/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 14:37:59 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11911

Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins were on the receiving end of a tough loss on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers despite going up against rookie quarterback Brock Purdy for most of the game. Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless took the opportunity after the game to take a shot at Tagovailoa for losing to […]

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Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins were on the receiving end of a tough loss on Sunday to the San Francisco 49ers despite going up against rookie quarterback Brock Purdy for most of the game.

Fox Sports analyst Skip Bayless took the opportunity after the game to take a shot at Tagovailoa for losing to Purdy.

It was not the best outing for the University of Alabama product, as he only completed 18 of his 33 passes and threw two interceptions. He also threw for 295 yards and two touchdowns.

The first interception wasn’t entirely his fault, as running back Jeff Wilson Jr. slipped right as Tagovailoa threw the ball to him. The second interception was on him, however, as he threw the ball behind star wide receiver Tyreek Hill, which enabled 49ers defender Deommodore Lenoir to pick off the pass.

While Tagovailoa was able to bounce back from those miscues with a 45-yard bomb to Hill at the start of the fourth quarter, it ultimately wasn’t enough to lead Miami to a comeback victory.

Tagovailoa will surely take lots of heat over the next week for the loss, but Purdy deserves tons of credit. Purdy entered the game in a difficult situation and played pretty well. He completed 25 of his 37 passes for 210 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.

Naturally, he made some rookie mistakes, but he was able to keep his composure for the most part and lead the 49ers to a crucial victory over a very good opponent.

With Jimmy Garoppolo out for the season after suffering a broken left foot, it seems as though Purdy will be take over the starting role for San Francisco. It will be interesting to see what he does next week in a showdown against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

As for Tagovailoa and the Dolphins, they will look to regroup and shift their focus to their Week 14 Sunday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers.

With the loss, the Dolphins are no longer in first place in the AFC East. They are now one game back of the Buffalo Bills, their opponents in Week 15.

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Tua Tagovailoa takes full accountability for Miami Dolphins loss to San Francisco 49ers: ‘It starts with me’ https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/05/tua-tagovailoa-takes-full-accountability-for-miami-dolphins-loss-to-san-francisco-49ers-it-starts-with-me/ Mon, 05 Dec 2022 01:44:04 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11909

The Miami Dolphins have looked impressive at times this season, but they got humbled on Sunday when they lost to a veteran San Francisco 49ers squad, 33-17. Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled, and he showed some leadership by taking responsibility for the loss. "It sucks that we didn't come out and do what we wanted to […]

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The Miami Dolphins have looked impressive at times this season, but they got humbled on Sunday when they lost to a veteran San Francisco 49ers squad, 33-17.

Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa struggled, and he showed some leadership by taking responsibility for the loss.

Early on, the contest looked extremely winnable for Miami when 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo was forced to exit with a broken foot. They played the rest of the game with Brock Purdy, a rookie who was the last player chosen in April’s NFL draft, under center.

But the Dolphins failed to take advantage, as they couldn’t crack the best defense in the NFL.

Tagovailoa went just 18 of 33 and threw two interceptions. He found former 49ers wide receiver Trent Sherfield for the first touchdown of the game and a 7-0 lead, but afterward, San Francisco started to assert itself.

When Tagovailoa was sacked by Niners pass rusher Nick Bosa in the fourth quarter, which led to a San Francisco touchdown by Dre Greenlaw, the Dolphins fell behind by 16 and never recovered.

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill had a nice game with 146 yards and a touchdown, but his running mate Jaylen Waddle, who has been having an impressive season, had just one reception for nine yards.

Waddle sustained a leg injury in the first half. He returned to the game but was ineffective afterward.

Defensively, Miami couldn’t do a whole lot to slow down Purdy. In his first real stint as an NFL quarterback, he completed 25 of 37 passes while throwing two touchdown dimes.

With the loss, the Fins have fallen to 8-4, which puts them a full game behind the Buffalo Bills in second place in the AFC East. They will play the Los Angeles Chargers next Sunday evening before taking part in a showdown against the Bills on Dec. 18.

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Miami Dolphins list 7 players as inactive for matchup vs. San Francisco 49ers https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/04/miami-dolphins-list-7-players-as-inactive-for-matchup-vs-san-francisco-49ers/ Sun, 04 Dec 2022 20:52:39 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11903

The Miami Dolphins will face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and be a bit undermanned on offense. Miami recently released its list of inactives prior to the Week 13 contest. Inactives for #MIAvsSF. pic.twitter.com/Zj9BpbfIap — Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 4, 2022 The notable absences are starting tackles Austin Jackson and Terron Armstead. Jackson was […]

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The Miami Dolphins will face the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday and be a bit undermanned on offense. Miami recently released its list of inactives prior to the Week 13 contest.

The notable absences are starting tackles Austin Jackson and Terron Armstead.

Jackson was the first scratch of the two, being ruled out on Friday due to an ankle injury. The 2020 first-round pick has played in just two games this season.

On the other hand, Armstead was listed as doubtful Friday, and the Dolphins were likely hoping that he could suit up and provide quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with some needed protection against a formidable San Francisco defense.

Unfortunately, his pectoral injury will keep him out against the Niners. He has played in 10 games this season so far.

Without the two players, the Dolphins will call on Greg Little and Brandon Shell to step up. It is unclear as to who will start at left and right tackle. Fans are hoping that the coaching staff will make the right decision in order to ensure that the correct player is covering Tagovailoa’s blind side.

Shell is the more experienced player, as he has been in the league since 2016. The Dolphins will surely lean on him in a big way on Sunday.

As for Little, he was a second-round pick in the 2019 draft by the Carolina Panthers. He was sent to Miami in the 2021 offseason in exchange for a seventh-round selection in the 2022 draft.

Other absences for the Dolphins on Sunday include running back Myles Gaskin, wide receiver Erik Ezukanma, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, cornerback Noah Igbinoghene and tight end Hunter Long.

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Mike McDaniel predicts Byron Jones will return for Miami Dolphins like ‘folk hero’ https://dolphinnation.com/2022/12/03/mike-mcdaniel-predicts-byron-jones-will-return-for-miami-dolphins-like-folk-hero/ Sat, 03 Dec 2022 00:13:27 +0000 https://dolphinnation.com/?p=11899

Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones remains off the field, but Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel believes that the veteran will become a “folk hero” when he does return. McDaniel says Byron Jones won't travel w/ the team. the plan was for him to stay back & get right & hopefully "he can be the dolphins […]

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Miami Dolphins cornerback Byron Jones remains off the field, but Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel believes that the veteran will become a “folk hero” when he does return.

When Jones underwent offseason Achilles surgery, his rehabilitation was expected to have him taking part in training camp. Despite that optimistic timeline, he has yet to make his 2022 debut for the Dolphins.

The Dolphins have been able to manage without Jones in the lineup, compiling an 8-3 record despite other injuries in the team’s secondary.

Early on this season, the Dolphins’ pass defense struggled by allowing eight touchdowns and only grabbing one interception. Against their division rivals, the Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins allowed a season-high 382 yards through the air.

The Dolphins were able to win three of those first four contests and have allowed just nine passing touchdowns in the past seven games. However, with a potential playoff run on the horizon, having the team’s best players on the field is vital to any success they might achieve.

Jones signed as a free agent with the Dolphins in 2020 after five seasons in the secondary of the Dallas Cowboys. In his first year with the Dolphins, he picked off two passes, had four passes defended and also forced a fumble.

Last season, Jones ended the year with no interceptions but offered the Dolphins solid play on the corner. He finished with 10 passes defended and forced a fumble and also had 58 tackles on the season.

The mystery surrounding Jones’ continued absence has led to some joking references to his whereabouts. Yet, McDaniel is making every effort to ensure that the veteran is fully healthy when he’s back in the lineup.

Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers marks the start of a pivotal three-game stretch of road contests. A Dec. 11 clash against the Los Angeles Chargers will be followed by a pivotal matchup one week later against the Bills.

That arduous test could help determine if the Dolphins are headed back to the postseason or will make the road more difficult for their final three games. The first of those matchups is a Christmas Day home contest against the Green Bay Packers.

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