This week for The Other Side, we touch base with the Miami Herald's Adam Beasley on the Dolphins...
Q: Why has Lamar Miller had such a problem early on? How much of a factor is his injury?
Beasley: Three reasons: 1. The offensive line isn't blocking. 2. He's dealing with a minor ankle injury. And 3. The offensive line isn't blocking. Have I mentioned the offensive line isn't blocking? The guard play has been brutal.
Q: The Bills have been searching for a franchise quarterback for years and hope Tyrod Taylor at least steadies the position. Miami just paid a lot of money to Ryan Tannehill. How much pressure is on him to live up to the deal? Do you view him as a top-tier QB?
Beasley: Ninety-six million dollars worth of pressure. The Dolphins went all-in on him. And he's responded well. Tannehill is ninth in passer rating through two weeks. And that seems about right. He's certainly better than most.
Q: It's been a while since Richie Incognito was in that locker room, but what have former teammates said about him and what went down two years ago?
Beasley: Privately, I'm sure a few of them wish he was still here, at least on some level. Both Ryan Tannehill and (especially) Mike Pouncey have sent good vibes Richie's way this week.
Q: Defensively, how is Ndamukong Suh fitting in with Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon?
Beasley: Well, it hasn't been the smoothest start to his Miami career. He has just three tackles in two games, and none for loss. It's clear he's frustrated with how he's played. I expect a break-out performance soon.
Q: What are the expectations in Miami this season and why?
Beasley: The owner expects nothing less than the playoffs. But the first two weeks of the season have not been encouraging. The run defense has been bad, the pass protection has been worse. They're lucky to be 1-1.