Monday, September 30, 2013

Saints gearing up for Dolphins' leaky O-line


No quarterback has been sacked this season more than the Miami Dolphins' Ryan Tannehill, and his Week 4 opponent has taken notice.

The Dolphins travel to New Orleans in preparation for a Monday night matchup with the Saints, whose defense has singled out Tannehill's inconsistent protection as an area to focus on.

"We're definitely chomping at the bit where we say, 'Hey this guys been [hit]'. We need to put this guy on his back," linebacker Junior Galette told the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The Saints hope to stop the Miami running game early on, then force the Dolphins' pass protection to hold up against their pass rushers in 2nd- and 3rd-and-long situations.

"We definitely feel like we have that advantage," Galette said. "We need to stop the run first to get to the point where we have that advantage."

Galette and blossoming pass rusher defensive end Cameron Jordan headline a talented Saints' defensive front that will make running the ball effectively to avoid bad down-and-distance situations crucial for Miami.

In addition, the Dolphins' offensive line will have to correct any communication issues prior to the first snap Monday night in the Louisiana Superdome, one of the loudest venues in the entire NFL.

"There have been a number of people who have made mistakes, but we're a smart group and we've tried to address that as an offense this week," tackle Jonathan Martin, who'll likely go heads-up with Galette most of the game, told reporters this week, via the team's website. "It'll take some extra film study but we'll ready to go in such a loud environment."

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