Before the season started, I let all of my readers know my opinion of what Colin Kaepernick was doing. As time went on, he made things worse, not better. First by trying to justify his actions, then by sporting Malcolm X hats and Fidel Castro t-shirts. He’s making a bad situation worse. His own fans hate him, but mostly because he can’t seem to win a game. As if Dolphin fans didn’t have enough reasons to root for our team to sack an opposing quarterback, there is added incentive here to win and to really crush the 49ers and their QB by about 40 points.
Unfortunately, the Niners still pose a threat. Never mind a 5-game winning streak or the hopeless season the 49ers are in the middle of. It’s a fact that we will lose again some day and the Niners will win some day. It could be this Sunday.
The Dolphins best hope is that the culture really HAS changed. Not just talk. Not just appearances. But a true, palpable change that demonstrates itself by beating an inferior team into submission. In the past, the Dolphins rarely did this. As recently as September, we were taken to the limit by one of the worst teams in NFL history. If not for the Browns’ kicker miraculously missing THREE easy field goals, then we open the season 0-5, and I don’t believe the Pittsburgh win and the others that followed would have occurred. The point is that the Dolphins have had some luck in their last 5 games, and that’s a fact.
We haven’t had an easy-breezy game all year. All our wins have been nail-biters, no matter who the opponent is, good or bad. And let’s face it, they’ve mostly been bad. None of our victories are against winning teams or anyone in serious playoff contention. We got beat by some good teams, and we squeaked by some poor teams.
Sorry if I’m not as confident as some of you. The Gase offense scored two touchdowns in Los Angeles and three in San Diego. I’d like to see that increase. I’d love to. I’d like to see Gase learn more quickly; in all of our wins, there also seems to be some point where he corrects something, and it definitely helps. Against the Rams, for example, he placed the team in the two-minute offense, and we got 14 points in 4 minutes. You don’t need to be a genius to see a pattern there. Our 2-minute offense is good. So why Gase didn’t try it earlier is baffling. Why he waited for 11 punts in a row to mix it up is baffling. Sorry, guys, but I can’t just see a victory and state that everything is honky dory. I’m simply not liking the fact that every single week, some player has to suggest a play to Gase or some coordinator needs to tell him to try a formation, or Jay Ajayi has to rush for 200 yards before Gase has an epiphany. Gase has been good, and he is getting it. But he’s not quite getting it quick enough in these games, and it could soon come back to haunt us.
And the 49ers are just such a team to do the haunting. Especially with the Dolphins riding so high right now and (perhaps) over-confident from the 2 road victories.
That being said, the Niners are not an overly talented team. You look at their Super Bowl roster from just a few years ago, and mostly everyone is gone, especially on offense. They are near the bottom of the league in most defensive categories. They historically don’t play well in early East Coast games. There are no notable ex-Dolphins seeking payback (Remember Tannehil’s’ first pass of the day vs. Cleveland went right into the arms of Jamar Taylor?) I’ve studied their roster and their last few games, and there is nobody to really scare you…but this is the same thing I said about the Browns too. Perhaps more important is that Chip Kelly front-loaded his roster with offense, leaving some depth issues on their D. So if the Dolphins can wear down an opponent in the heat like they’ve been doing lately, it could be a productive 4th quarter as the Niners tire out.