The Miami Dolphins will not find out until just before game time which quarterback they'll be facing Sunday. While Mariota certainly is very fast and the offense occasionally caters to his athleticism with a designed run or option play, it is not their offense.
Mariota strained his hamstring during last week's Titans loss to the Texans. Hall of Fame quarterback Bob Griese had a career-high 349 passing yards and two touchdowns against the Oilers, but it wasn't enough to overcome the running of Hall of Famer Earl Campbell, who finished with 199 yards and four touchdowns. An offense missing its QB - Matt Cassel is the backup - could put more pressure on the team's defense, which allowed Houston to score a franchise-record point total last week. Eleven personnel hasn't been working for the Dolphins and if their offense is in fact predicated on establishing the run game first, look for them to experiment with more 22 or 12 personnel packages. He wasn't Aaron Rodgers, but Cassel did what he needed to do for the Titans to win the game. He took the bulk of the first-team reps in practice this week after struggling last week coming off the bench. Mariota completed six of his 10 pass attempts before leaving Sunday's game, throwing for 96 yards and two interceptions.
La Canfora pointed to the Tennessee Titans working out several quarterbacks this week to fill in for the injured Marcus Mariota. In the backfield, DeMarco Murray has 215 rushing yards while Derrick Henry has 178. The Titans will do anything that is necessary to avoid a 2-3, while the Dolphins really need their fourth match to be a win so that they can even out at a respectable 2-2.
On defense, aside from superstars Ndamukong Suh and Reshad Jones, the Dolphins heavily rely on older players who are past their primes. One way for the Dolphins to keep Cutler protected is executing short rhythm passes that don't take much time to develop. Matt Cassel is looking like the Titans' Week 5 starter, but check back to verification later in the morning. The Dolphins helped them fix that and build some confidence.