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2009 Schedule Preview: Week 6 @ Miami Dolphins

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Week six of the 2009 season has the Saints travelling to beautiful Miami to take on the Dolphins for the second time of the year. Oddly enough, the Saints will face the Phins relatively soon when the two teams meet in pre-season. But the game in late October is the only one that counts and worth any concern. Let's look at the 2009 Dolphins and see how the team plans to follow up on last years sucess since I wouldn't expect to learn anything from their first pre-season matchup against the Saints.

Dolphins Offense

The arrival of Chad Pennington last season was a huge reason for Miami's surprise turnaround in 2008 and he will surely be the starter when 2009 opens. Any slip by Pennington, however, and backup QB Chad Henne could quickly be sent in to replace him. While you'd think that the Dolphins would be set at the position, keep in mind these guys run the now famous Wildcat offense, so it's no surprise that they drafted the dangerous and versatile West Virginia quarterback Pat White in the second round of this years draft. Head coach Tony Sparano has already stated that White will only be used as a quarterback. This means you can expect to see a healthy dose of rotating between Pennington and White at the position.

Regardless of who is slinging the ball, the Dolphins don't have much in the way of receiving threats on the other end. The teams leading receiver last year, Ted Ginn, Jr., has been somewhat of a disappointment.and Greg Camarillo is coming off injury. Miami drafted wide receivers Patrick Turner and Brian Hartline in the mid rounds of the draft to help add some speed on the outside. Davone Bess could be the go-to guy for the Dolphins in 2009.

Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams should see significant time in the backfield this year but will run behind a less than solid interior offensive line. The tackle positions are in pretty good shape with Jake Long and Vernon Carey.

Overall, not much to worry about here. The Saints defense last year might have had a chance to handl this matchup so this year should be no problem.

Dolphins Defense

Possibly the biggest off-season story for the Phins defense this year was the return of Jason Taylor. Taylor, that dancin' fool, just couldn't stay away from Miami for too long. He comes back to the Dolphins after a short hiatus in Washington and joins last years team sack leader Joey Porter. But the aging linebacker just doesn't seem as effective as he once was but should still be a positive influence on the rest of this defense, at the very least.

After losing Renaldo Hill and Andre' Goodman, the Phins have made just as many significant adjustments to their secondary as the Saints this off-season. They drafted cornerbacks Vontae Davis - a possible Saints draft pick - in the first round and Sean Smith in the second while also signing cornerback Eric Green and safety Gibril Wilson in February. The team is sure to see some improvement on last years 25th ranked pass defense.

Regardless of any upgrades this off-season the Saints should have no problem doing some damage to the Dolphins defense.

Dolphins 2008 Season

11-5 Record

Last Meeting

October 30th, 2005

Week 8 1 2 3 4 OT F
Dolphins 3 6 2 10 -- 21
Saints 3 0 3 0 -- 6

Why the Saints Can Win

Their offense is just too good.

Why the Saints Can Lose

The Wildcat, or "WildPat", could be crazy, man!

Prediction

Saints 42 - Dolphins 24

Newly Acquired

G Joe Berger

C Jake Grove

DT Tony McDaniel

DE/OLB Jason Taylor

CB Eric Green

S Gibril Wilson

OL J.D. Quinn

DE Ryan Baker

TE Jared Bronson

NT Louis Ellis

RB Anthony Kimble

G Mark Lewis

WR Brennan Marion

DE Orion Martin

T SirVincent Rogers

WR Chris Williams

2009 Draft Class

CB Vontae Davis

QB/WR Pat White

CB/S Sean Smith

WR Patrick Turner

WR Brian Hartline

TE John Nalbone

FS Chris Clemons

OT Andrew Gardner

ILB J.D. Folson

Key Losses

QB John Beck

FB Boomer Grigsby

WR Tab Perry

C Samson Satele

C Al Johnson

DE Vonnie Holliday

ILB Derek Smith

CB Andre' Goodman

FS Renaldo Hill

WR Todd Lowber

Linkage

The Phinsider

SB Nation Dolphins Coverage

Saints @ Dolphins Coverage

Dolphins @ Saints 2008 Pre-Season: The View from Section 108

Miami Dolphins Roster

Miami Dolphins Transactions