Three Things to consider after a wet, sloppy 23-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons for these 0-3 Miami Dolphins:
Thing 1: Ryan Tannehill certainly was composed after posting a 37.9 QB rating in his first outing since being named the season-opening starter.
When someone asked if Davone Bess had "stepped up in the huddle" before going on a mini-streak in the second quarter, Tannehill cracked a little joke.
"Well, we don’t huddle," he said, "so it’s tough to step up in the huddle."
Also liked what Tannehill said when asked about adjusting to the speed of the pro game.
"I feel like it’s really slowed down," he said. "I felt like I had a great handle on everything that was going on, all the different looks they were throwing at us. I felt like I understood and could see what they were doing. I didn’t feel like I was confused at any point in the game. It’s a fast game, and you've got to play fast."
Have to learn fast, too, which Tannehill seems to be doing.
Thing 2: Poor Vontae Davis.
Just when it looked like he might be reclaiming his starting cornerback job with an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown, he looked over his shoulder and saw the flag that brought it back.
These replacement officials have blown a ton of calls this preseason, but they got that one right. Vontae flipped Falcons receiver Harry Douglas onto the ground so efficiently he should have been awarded two points for the takedown.
Thing 3: Sure would be nice to see this defense with Karlos Dansby (knee) and Kevin Burnett (back) out there, wouldn't it?
That's 208 combined tackles from a year ago, when they ranked first and third on the team in total tackles.
You think one or both of them will play at Dallas on Wednesday, just to scrape the rust off?
Or would that be too dangerous with the season opener right around the corner and starters traditionally reduced to bystanders at the preseason finale?