It’s that Dolphins coach Adam Gase pulled similar surprises last season. It’s that New England coach Bill Belichick makes similar moves every year. It’s that the surprise team this season, Buffalo, has cleared its locker room of good talent that didn’t fit with a developing culture — Sammy Watkins, Ronald Darby, Marcell Dareus. (Omar Kelly)And, make no mistake, this lessens the Dolphins’ talent. But remember: Last October, Ajayi was a do-nothing back when he entered Gase’s office amid a 1-4 start and listed three running plays that he guaranteed results from if the coach called them.
The former NFL offensive lineman reportedly tagged ex-teammates Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey, who allegedly bullied him during his time with the Miami Dolphins.
Reports suggest that former Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was detained at a Los Angeles hospital on Friday, one day after he posted a “threatening” Instagram story that might have resulted in his high school alma mater shutting down.
Because Pouncey takes one day off a week from practice to rest his surgically-repaired hip, “we get a lot of [practice] reps with him in there,” quarterback Jay Cutler said of Brendel. He came in and did a great job.” Brendel said “I was a little rusty but got the rust off.
I’ve been waiting for this shot.” Dolphins linemen were irritated by what they viewed as somewhat dirty play by Atlanta.
“We thought we had an opportunity to get things done. These are games that can propel you on a run.” Ajayi said he made an effort to not “let our emotions take us out of the game” after he and Jarvis Landry spoke with coach Adam Gase about that last week.
• Receiver De Vante Parker was inactive because of a sprained ankle sustained early in the Tennessee game last Sunday.THIS AND THAT • Miami’s 17-point comeback was the team’s largest since a 21-point comeback against Buffalo on Dec. Also, it was Miami’s largest comeback on the road since an 18-point comeback at the New York Jets on Nov. • This marks the 12th win in Miami’s past 16 regular season games, the team’s best 16-game stretch since winning 13 of 17 from October 2001 through October 2002.Miami has now won three of its first five games of the season for the first time since 2013, when they also began 3-2. Also, the Falcons were held scoreless in a half for the first time in 23 games.“They hit us after the play and were talking,” left guard Anthony Steen said, noting a Falcons player shoved him after one play.“If they want to play like that, so be it.” • Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi, who entered averaging only 3.4 yards per carry, had his best game of the season, with 130 yards on 5.0 per carry.It was Ajayi’s sixth 100-yard game of his career and second of the season.