DAVIE - There is something different about this year's Miami Dolphins team, but I haven't been able to put my finger on it.

It could be second-year quarterback Ryan Tannehill's steady development, or rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis' stellar consistency, or the Dolphins' ability to turn red zone opportunities into touchdowns for once.

How about the aggressive, blitzing style the defense now features? Or the unit's knack for bringing down turnovers?

It might just be the Dolphins' ability to rise to the occasion in the fourth quarter, when the game is on the line, like they've done against the Browns, Colts and now the Falcons.

I'm trying to put my finger on what is different, what is unique about these 3-0 Dolphins? What's this new flavor I'm not remembering?

But so much has changed from the losing teams I've covered the past four seasons, it is hard to find anyone associated with the team to provide a comparison.

That was the case for me on Sunday evening when I scanned the locker room to see who remembers what it felt like to be on the Falcons' side, to be on the other end of so many of those crushing fourth-quarter losses.

A year ago, or two the Dolphins would have been the team that couldn't punch it in for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, and would then miss a field goal.

But everyone is so new, so fresh, so green to the Dolphins way of life in the NFL the past decade I felt like my efforts were futile.

Then it hit me, maybe that is what's unique about what we're seeing? Maybe the lack of institutional knowledge of mediocrity, of having doubt creep in has provided this team a fresh canvas.

So far Miami's painting a masterpiece, and at 3-0 the Dolphins are now playing with house money heading into Monday Night Football's showdown with the Saints, another undefeated team.

Here's this week's film study of the Falcons game.

Team’s biggest issue: There is typically a theme to when Tannehill gets sacked, which is OFTEN (14 times so far).

Tannehill has HORRIBLE pocket presence, and there is a justifiable reason for it.

He's usually looking down field on passing plays, and his focus is locked on his targets. When you look at the bulk of the sacks he's taken in game one, and game three he was looking Mike Wallace's direction on most of them.

I'm not blaming Wallace, or Tannehill for trying to go big. But Tannehill needs to start addressing his pocket presence issues.

Tannehill needs check-down more (twice a game). The coaches need to move him out the pocket more (three times a game). He needs to scramble two times a game to keep defenses honest.

I suspect this pocket presence issue will be a problem all season, if not all his career. But in defense of Tannehill's terrible pocket awareness, I'd rather have a quarterback stare down field constantly than constantly buckle to pressure and check it down all the time (cough, cough....Check-down Chad comes to mind).

Stock up: Brandon Gibson, who led the Dolphins with six receptions for 49 yards against the Falcons, is a blossoming slot receiver. While I'm a BIG Davone Bess fan, I've concluded Gibson is a clear upgrade over the Dolphins' former slot receiver because he consistency produces run after catch yards. He generally makes himself very quarterback friendly, and plays a solid two man game with Brian Hartline.

Stock down: Reserve defensive tackle Vaughn Martin did not have a good game against Atlanta.  His play got so bad the Dolphins stopped rotating him in. He was easily blocked by the Falcons interior line. The first touchdown the Falcons scored was a screen ran right through his gap after two Falcons O-linemen pancaked Martin.