St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Dolphins impressed with their next foe

By MARC TOPKIN and Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 1, 2001

As great as Saturday's win against Indianapolis was for the Dolphins, they didn't spend much time enjoying it.

After praising his players for impressive efforts in the dramatic overtime victory, coach Dave Wannstedt quickly turned his attention to Saturday's division playoff game at Oakland, taking the unusual measure during a Sunday morning meeting of personally delivering a scouting report on the Raiders.

"I wanted to make sure the last thing they heard from me walking out of this building was talking about Rich Gannon and the Raiders," he said.

Wannstedt said he is extremely impressed with what he has seen of the AFC West champions.

"All you have to do is look at film on them," Wannstedt said. "We put up two stats -- they're leading the NFL in rushing and they're fifth stopping the run. That tells you they're a physical football team with a lot of talent. They won their division, they got a bye, they won 12 games.

"They're as talented as anybody we've played."

HAVE A BALL: Saturday's game balls went to Lamar Smith, O.J. McDuffie and the linemen on offense, Daryl Gardener and Patrick Surtain on defense, and Matt Turk and Trent Gamble on special teams.

FEELING FINE: The Dolphins reported no major injuries. Smith, who carried a playoff-record 40 times for 209 yards, has a left ankle sprain. Wide receiver Leslie Shepherd, inactive as he recovers from knee surgery, likely will return for Saturday's game.

HEAD SCRATCHER: Despite a Pro Bowl trio that led the NFL in rushing, passing and receiving, the Colts offense couldn't carry the load by itself, and the team again was left to explain its playoff exit after one game.

"We had our ups and downs," coach Jim Mora said Sunday. "We won 10 games and made the playoffs, which I feel is a darn good accomplishment. The thing I'm disappointed in is we're not still in the playoffs."

The Colts won the AFC East and got a first-round bye in 1999. They lost to Tennessee in sthe division round. This season they scrambled to reach the playoffs and lost in the wild-card round.

"As well as we played on offense ... you still have to have a reliable defense to play at the highest level," president Bill Polian said. "That's where we need to go."

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

  • McFinished
  • Bucs-Eagles in photos
  • Shelton: Familiar refrain ends it for Bucs
  • Mizell: Defense goes cold this time
  • Who's hot, who's not
  • Turnover changes fortunes
  • Quick hits
  • Loose, elusive McNabb sets the winning tone
  • Keyshawn, Dunn wanted to see football more
  • Bucs quotebook
  • Feeling slighted, Eagles defense pummels Bucs
  • Bucs chat
  • Eagles quotebook
  • Back home, fans deal with their own cold
  • Game balls

  • Lightning
  • Leafs sour end of homestand
  • St. Louis lines up production

  • Outback Bowl
  • Time to spread out
  • Ohio State's keys to victory
  • South Carolina's keys to victory
  • Holtz's goal: work but relax

  • Bowl games
  • Your average superstar
  • Florida-Miami: A rivalry revisited
  • Moss puts the dazzle back into his game
  • UM's Davis: No interest in Cleveland
  • Season of redemption
  • College football roundup
  • Mississippi State rallies, wins in OT
  • What will Drew choose?
  • The worst kind of reminiscence

  • NFL playoffs
  • Dolphins brace for Oakland's 'atmosphere'
  • Ball bounces right for Sharpe on TD
  • Defensive Ravens state their case 21-3
  • Urlacher completes his rookie turnaround
  • Dolphins impressed with their next foe
  • Around the NFC
  • NFL roundup

  • Sports Etc.
  • Captain's corner
  • A horse for this course
  • Sports digest
  • Women's basketball roundup
  • T-Dawgs lose home opener

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts