Per my other thread on positives this season I thought I'd open up a thread for the Week 1 game against Baltimore. I only managed to catch the first half of the game properly, I had to be in and out for the rest of it. Early on it was clear the Ravens were going to score a LOT and our QB's weren't going to get anything done. I was happy that the Phins managed to get at least one touchdown, as well as stringing together a few big plays and drives. I wasn't in any sort of analysis mode and I haven't reviewed the game, but what stuck out while watching was: Parker - He had that one, incredible, highlight reel grab. It was good to see him put himself out there and fight. That one catch saw him catch the ball up in the air between two Ravens defenders and come down hard with it. If Parker is going to turn it around and be the guy everyone hoped he might be - grabbing those 50/50 balls - then he's going to need to put that effort in and I was glad to see it last night. Fitz - He was scrambling a lot of the night, with mixed success and some bad passes. But he never seemed to give up. If the O-line can be better than it was and protect him a little more, he looks like he'll fight every game, all game, and bring a never say die approach to each game this season. We all know he's not the answer at QB, but in a season that's going to need a lot of grit, I think Fitzpatrick can be a good leader for the team, and in that a good example for Rosen to follow. If Fitz doesn't give up, despite the struggles and hits, then neither can Rosen, - or anyone else. At least, that will be a real rallying point for the team. He's supposed to be a great locker room guy, so he may actually be a big key in unlocking the potential of this team to take a losing season and turn it into a furnace that produces grit, fight, fire, and resilience that the Dolphins can build on. The potential for adversity to become the foundation on which great things are built cannot be underestimated. Rosen - Looked sharp at times, but of course was scrambling a lot too and made some bad decisions, but he also seemed to keep fighting. Both QB's will need to do that a lot. Let's hope he can take this relentless pressure and use it to develop endurance and get better under pressure. I mean the pressure's going to be there all season, if it can be utilised to produce something positive then that will be a big win. Coaching - I have to say that compared to last year's frustrating long runs on 3rd, bubble-screens etc - which felt to me like giving up early - yesterday's offense felt far more positive. Lack of OL talent aside, there were still some long shots down field, some tough runs, etc. No one seemed to check out or give up, and this week, before the Patriots game, some of the most vital coaching work of the season might be happening - needs to be happening. How Flores and the other coaches work to respond to the shock of game one could drastically transform the season. If he can get the players to buy into what this season is - adversity - a tough trial - through which the players can work to come together, fight, get better, and build the foundations of something better and lasting... then it could be marvellous. If not, then it could the season could get even worse than what we saw last night. Ballage - ran hard. It can't have been easy but despite the lack of breakthroughs there were moments when Ballage was able to gash the defense for 4 or 5 yards. That's not highlight material of course, but I was expecting worse. Instead of zero run game, there was an effort to establish it, and efforts from Ballage to break through. There could have been more, sure. Would have been nice to see more pulls and diverse schemes to try and get a runner free, but considered how recently this OL has been brought together, it would imagine they don't have the playbook down yet. I'd like to see more persistence in establishing the run game, but I'm glad it didn't feel like there was no ultimate surrender. And I suppose that was what I felt was the overall bright spot. The team fought and got beat down last night, but they didn't ever seem like they surrendered. If they can keep that up, despite other beat downs, then I'm not sure I can ask any more of the players. As for the coaches, much remains to be seen, but if they can put in as much as the players, not give up, get creative and keep everyone engaged, then I'll take that as a win for the season. I'll have to leave it here. Got work to do. But these are a few of my thoughts. Anyone else got any positive takeaways from last night?