I noticed something cool right after Tua threw the game-sealing TD pass to Durham Smythe in the 4th quarter. Check out the picture.
This was the play where Tua ran to his left, stopped, and threw way over to his right, where Smythe was SO wide open. What I noticed is that Tua calmly threw the pass and then turned his back, HE KNEW IT! He turned away and quietly walked back to the bench…while the play was still going on. He’s at the 17-yardline.
In the picture, you see Smythe is just barely catching the ball and still isn’t in the endzone. Everyone on the field is watching him, except Tua is already walking away. That is confidence!
I’ve also noticed the Dolphins are using Julien Davenport as an extra tackle in red zone plays. He lines up on the left of Austin Jackson mostly. He’s out there #70 as well in the picture. I love these formations. For years, I harped on Adam Gase for going with 5 wideouts and no extra blockers. Chan Gailey has already obliterated that mistake. You can send three receivers out and still have great results. You don’t need 5 guys running around and confusing a rookie QB. Kudos to Gailey for these extra-protection packages.
In the picture below, you can count SEVEN offensive linemen in there to block. RB Salvon Ahmed also stayed in to pick up a blitz. That means EIGHT men assigned to block. Tua makes 9. That leaves only two receivers out running routes…and it worked! You don’t need to send 5. Send a couple at a time, and keep everyone else in to protect the QB. It works like a charm.