Of all the shame and anger I felt as a Dolphin fan today, and out of all the inevitable things that occur when you play a superior team, I am most upset by the one thing the Dolphins COULD control.
The Dolphin defenders are not talented enough to stop a surprisingly good offense. And the Dolphin offense and its patchwork newcomer linemen were simply outclassed.
I can live with that.
But what I couldn’t stand for was the lack of effort and pride. Ahead by 32 points, Jim Harbaugh called for a fake punt. That is a bush-league, dick move. Ahead by more than 40 points, Harbaugh called for long bombs. He went for it on 4th down. He left his starters in well into the 4th quarter. He called passing plays late into the game. Nothing illegal about any of this, but he showed why he is so hated everywhere in the NFL except in Maryland.
And the Dolphins offered zero retaliation. None.
Fine, so you’re facing a head coach who likes to rub it in. He goes out of his way to humiliate you. There are two ways to counter this. First, you come back and win the game. But we knew early on that it was impossible.
So the second way you counter this is to make the Ravens pay some other way. And that would be by smacking around a few of them.
Maybe an “accidental” late hit on Lamar Jackson, with a wink to Harbaugh. Or a shot to someone’s knees, taking the penalty, and then on your way out of the stadium after your ejection, you say to Harbaugh, “Go ahead and run another fake punt, you bitch.” Or a good old fashioned triple team on someone to knock them on their ass.
You simply MUST send a message to Harbaugh that calling for long bombs and fake punts while you’re up 46 points won’t be tolerated in our house.
Instead, Flores sent no message.
Can’t fault Flores for having no skilled players, but I can fault him for having no backbone.
I paid attention the post-game handshake, and Flores did nothing. Said nothing. Let Harbaugh get away with it without even speaking up. Weak. And not a single Dolphin seemed to take matters into their own hands. That’s another sign of weak leadership.
If we are going to have a weak coach, we might as well get Philbin back. At least he never lost by 46 points.
In addition, why was he calling time outs with 30 seconds left in the game? He was more interested in making his own team suffer than in making Jim Harbuagh think twice. It was a thousand degrees on that field, and Flores called timeouts. Instead of ending the misery. Yeah, that really taught the Ravens a lesson about running up the score.
Flores gave us zero indication that he knows what he’s doing, and even less indication that he coaches a tough brand of football. Man, he himself was overmatched, and that leaves a worse feeling than the the way our crappy players were overmatched.