Now that the hurt and anger have simmered (somewhat), we turn our attention to the mess of a team they have up in Cleveland, our next opponent.
We only need one play in our entire playbook going into this game: Have Tannehill look to see which WR Jamar Taylor is covering, and then throw it to him. It’s that simple. For several years, Dolphins Truth pointed out how horrible Jamar Taylor is, and he certainly didn’t get any better by moving up north. There is no excuse to not pick on him. It will turn into easy receptions, easy yards, easy points. No need to test any other Brown DBs…just pick on Jamar.
I watched and studied and re-watched Adam Gase’s press conference Monday, and the thing that stands out is that he emphasized a lack of execution on defense in the first half. New England didn’t fool them. He says he had the right defenses called. It was just a matter of the players not executing.
Welcome to the Miami Dolphins, Mr. Gase. The land where the players don’t execute. It’s not for lack of trying. It’s more because of lack of excellence.
Welcome to Miami, where we address a desperate need at linebacker by drafting 3 WRs, a tight end, an RB, and a QB.
As I’ve pointed out, when NE runs those 4-yard slant patterns, it becomes the responsibility of the linebackers to pick the WRs across the middle. Gase knows this and had his men ready and in the right position. However, Gase was in for a reality check when he realized that his LBs aren’t very good.
TV replays should numerous times when the pass was already complete before our LBs even turned around. When our LBs blitzed, they missed easy sacks when the QB was in their grasp. They were always a step behind, overthinking and not reacting.
This is no surprise to Dolfans. But it IS a surprise to discover that our head coach is just now realizing it. Did Gase honestly think that Jelani Jenkins would “execute” perfect coverage on Danny Amendola, for example? Did he thinking that a slow-developing blitz with Koa Misi taking 10 seconds to loop around the right side of the line would be fast enough? He did.
Yes, the execution was off. But the head coach has to consider the skill set of his players and adjust the executions he calls for.
After watching Jimmy Garopplo smoothly take over for Tom Brady and then Jacoby Brisset smoothly take over for Jimmy, it becomes so apparent how good the New England scheme is. I bet they practice that 4-yard inside slant play about 200 times a day. It becomes second nature. The ball is delivered so so fast in games because they do it so so fast and so often in practice. That single play is virtually unstoppable, and it’s not luck, it’s patience and practice and repetition.
Meanwhile at the Dolphins practices, they are more concerned with team meetings about who is going to sit out the national anthem. Miami never seems to run a successful play often enough. They keep trying the bubble screen to Landry, and Kenny Stills keeps getting in Landry’s way, or else Stills commits a hold on the opponent. The play may work; but they need to get it in sync by practicing it a thousand times a week.