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On the Dolphins' last touchdown, the one that gave them a 35-10 lead and put the game away in the third quarter, Jensen lined up wide to the right (he'd caught his first TD, a six-yarder, from wide left), and no one picked him up.
"I jumped into the coverage at the last minute," Murphy said. "He was uncovered. I was afraid they'd just snap the ball, and he'd wave his hand that he was open."
Jensen got inside Murphy and the sixth defensive back, Brian Carpenter, who seemed dazed as he watched him go by, and the four-yarder gave him TD No. 2 and Marino TD pass No. 5.
"What shocked me," Strock said, "was that they never called a time-out to straighten themselves out. A guy moves outside and there's no coverage on him—well, you know a team's really screwed up when that happens. You've got to call a time-out."
Marino, choosing his words carefully in the postgame locker room, wouldn't put the knock on the Skins. The closest he came was to say that Jensen's lining up wide "surprised them a little. It helped our deep game by spreading 'em out."
A broken right index finger had limited Marino's preseason to one game, but he had no problems Sunday. He threw for touchdowns on a neat variety of patterns—a 26-yard comebacker to Duper down the right sideline, with Green in close coverage; the 74-yard timed route; a nine-yard fade to Clayton in the right corner, in which he outjumped Green, who was nursing a sore thigh; and the two quick-I's to Jensen. A lot of his completions came on quick throws, off a three-step drop, but on the longer developing patterns he wasn't afraid to stay in the pocket and take the hit after he threw.
"I can't say it's the best day I ever had," Marino said. "A guy like Duper catches a 15-yarder and goes 74, well, I'd say he's giving me some help. They like to blitz, we picked up the blitzes. I'd say I'm getting help there, too."
Ah, now those are the kind of quotes that make Shula happy. A team victory. The kid catches on fast.
And what about Redskin coach Joe Gibbs, whose game plan died in the third quarter when Joe Washington fumbled on the Skins' 43, setting up the fourth Miami touchdown? The funeral came one series later when Joe Theismann was intercepted by cornerback William Judson, who ran it down to the Miami seven to set up the Dolphins' fifth TD. What about Gibbs's pass defense, his secondary, his Redskins, a preseason Super Bowl pick?
"What this means for our team is that we have to take a long hard look at ourselves," Gibbs said. "We have to evaluate where we are and what changes we have to make."