Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas played 11 seasons together in Miami, transforming the Dolphins defense into the team’s bedrock in the post-Marino era.
On Sunday, the teammates, friends and in-laws (Taylor is married to Thomas’ sister) took one last step together: Into the Dolphins Honor Roll.
The team spent weeks promoting Sunday’s induction ceremony, and it lived up to its billing. Both players appeared to get choked up when their names were unveiled in the west end zone alongside team legends like Dick Anderson, Bob Griese and Mark Duper — just a few of the many Honor Roll inductees in attendance Sunday.
Jimmy Johnson, the man responsible for drafting both Taylor and Thomas, was unable to attend, but recorded a video greeting that was played on the big screen.
“Words can’t express how proud I am in both of you,” Johnson said.
Taylor played 13 seasons with the Dolphins and his 131 sacks are the most in franchise history. Thomas made the Pro Bowl in seven of his 12 seasons with the team, recording 100 or more tackles in all but one year.
Both Taylor and Thomas thanked “the greatest fans in the NFL,” and Thomas in particular was visibly moved by the experience.
“God bless our troops, long live the Miami Dolphins, and let’s go win the second half,” Thomas said.
Reggie Bush’s quest to lead the league in rushing has taken a hit after being held in check for the fourth consecutive game. Bush managed just 17 yards on 12 carries, and the Dolphins as a team had 19 total rushing yards — the fourth-lowest output in team history.
“They were getting off blocks, and I have to do a better job running the football and hitting holes,” Bush said. “This might be the worst performance I’ve had today, so I have to do a lot better.”
Here’s a sign of how hard yards were to come by on the ground: The Dolphins’ second-leading rusher was a safety. Chris Clemons’ run on a fake punt was good for 3 yards. No other Dolphins player finished with in the plus side of zero Sunday.
Moore is more
Many thought Jabar Gaffney’s signing meant the Dolphins had found their third receiver. But Gaffney was inactive Sunday for the second straight week, and Marlon Moore didn’t seem ready to step aside.
Moore caught three passes for 46 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown pass in which he torched Rams corner Janoris Jenkins with a double move.
The infamous Tuck Rule reared its ugly head Sunday, costing Cameron Wake a sack — and the Dolphins a turnover. Wake appeared to strip the ball from Sam Bradford midway through the third quarter, with Jared Odrick recovering it.
But a video replay showed that Bradford hadn’t tucked the ball away, meaning it was an incomplete pass, not a fumble.
The Dolphins lost another apparent turnover via review, as a fumble by Chris Givens on the ensuing drive was later ruled an incomplete pass.
This and that
Dolphins inactives: Gaffney, QB Pat Devlin, CB Richard Marshall, RB Daniel Thomas, T Will Yeatman, TE Michael Egnew and WR Rishard Matthews. …
Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland chatted up Rams coach Jeff Fisher before the game. Fisher was the team’s top target in the Dolphins’ coaching search last winter, but he ultimately went to St. Louis.