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Yes. It’s possible to beat the Patriots.
If not for DeVante Parker last week, the Dolphins were set to score 30+ points. If not for some questionable play calling by Adam Gase (as usual), we could have approached 40. The offense is getting a bit more creative and a little less vanilla. That’s bad news for opposing defenses.
Last week, we saw a lot of play action (which worked almost every single time) and several rollouts, which also worked effectively. I loved seeing it, and we need it to continue. Unfortunately, in the second half, Adam Gase went back to the same standard 3 or 4 plays he always runs.
3rd and inches he called a long bootleg. Not a horrible call, but Matt Moore needed to IMMEDIATELY SPRINT like there was no tomorrow. Instead, he half-assed it, jogging while looking for a receiver. Note to Gase and Moore: When you need an inch, run an inch. Don’t worry about finding a receiver to gain a yard. Terribly unnecessary drive killer. Then on 4th and 1, Gase called a handoff to Damien Williams, which was schemed to run up the middle behind All Pro Mike Pouncey. Can you spell fail?
A simple QB sneak on either of those plays easily gets the first down, but Gase refuses.
So despite the recent success, Gase still goes back to his basic plays. The man is too arrogant to learn. Let’s see how it plays out in Foxboro. The Dolphins just need to put on an offensive show, and Gunslinger Moore is far better qualified to do it than Jay Cutler.
If you thought the refs screwed us at home in Miami, just wait until you see what they do to us in Foxboro. Jay Cutler got hit in the head by a Buc, causing a concussion, and no call was made. So that means we can hit Tom Brady in the head and nothing will be called, right? Uh, be careful with that thinking!
Anyway, now onto the defense. For over a decade (or two?), the wise experts say that you cannot blitz Tom Brady because he’s too good at getting rid of the ball. True. But you know what? You can’t drop 9, 10, or even 11 men back into coverage, because he’ll take his time and find someone. He always does. Given those two poisons, it’s far better to get after him and hope for a mistake. Unfortunately, the Dolphins have no pass rush with their front four. No one but no one is excelling. When they blitz, the Dolphins’ blitzes are extremely predictable. Because our blitzes are ALWAYS Reshad Jones or Bobby McCain.
The DB blitzes always get picked up by a blocker because they don’t fool anyone. How many times have we watched McCain or Jones charge up on a blitz, only to run straight into a blocker? Do the Dolphins even realize that LBs are allowed to blitz? You just don’t see the Dolphins copy what is successful for other teams.
Rob Gronkowski runs two routes: If he’s lined up in the standard tight end position, he will run a seam route. If he’s lined up outside, he’s going to run a spring deep route. Without fail. It’s not that hard to figure out. Please do try to cover him with Cameron Wake. Give us a chance by covering him.
I predict out defense wil be its usual sel, and I predict that Tom Brady will not play poorly. That means the Patriots will score about 33 points. Can the Dolphins hit 34? Let’s see how it plays out. If our playmakers decide to have their best game of the season, it’s possible. But if the typical Dolphins show up instead, it will be over early.
And then Adam Gase will say how great DeVante Parker is during practice.