First the high points of the game.
Kenny Stills made another big long TD catch. Neville Hewitt and Zach Vigil continue to show how useless Misi is and how easy he is to replace. Andrew Franks has a booming leg. Lamar Miller and Jay Ajayi combined for 57 yards on only 11 carries. That’s over 5 impressive yards per rush.
The entire defense (except Jamar Taylor) played proudly and were all over Romo all day long. Yeah yeah yeah, let’s hurry up and get to the lows.
And now for the long. long list of LOWS.
Okay, my patience with Bill Lazor has officially run out. And I hope it’s run out in Dan Campbell’s eyes as well. Or in Tannenbaum’s. Or in Aponte or whoever else is running this team. Bottom line: Bill Lazor simply does not have what it takes and he needs to go. Examples: The day began beautifully with Lamar Miller left, right, and up the middle. We were rushing it Dallas’s throat and got into Dallas territory. Then Lazor decide to “trick” the Cowboys. Why continue with the successful rushes that were proving impossible to stop?
Every other team has plays that work against us, and they continue it forever. The Bills did it. The Pats certainly did. Everyone. You DO NOT need a mix of pass and run when the run by itself is netting you 10 yards a play. So why on earth did Lazor call a pass on first down once we got into Cowboy territory on that initial drive? Why why why why why.
First down, we gained a few. Then a few more on a rush. Then an incomplete. A promising drive turned to dust. All thanks to Lazor’s first down play call of a dump pass.
Later in the game, it was the Jay Ajayi show. They went to Jay 3 downs in a row, and all of a sudden we were in Cowboy territory again. The entire stadium saw how great he was running, so of course Lazor took him out and started to call passes. Why ? I will never understand why Lazor tampers with success. It’s like Joe Philbin’s ghost is still infecting Lazor. His play selection sucks.
Seems like we spent the entire game around midfield, and only got deep twice. That falls on Lazor’s shitty playcalling, it really does.
Why do we always abandon the run?
We all know the in pattern to Rishard Matthews has been effective all year. We tried it ONCE today and it worked. God forbid we try it again.
Mike Pouncey. Another week, a few more crushing penalties, a low snap, etc. At least this time, his bad snap didn’t cost us a safety. Pouncey’s been overrated since day one, and it’s starting to show. Really tired of him killing drives.
Jason Fox. Talk about killing drives. on the holding penalty that cost us a first down, Fox literally just had to stand there to prevent the Cowboy from running to Tannehill. Instead, Fox tackled the Cowboy in front of three refs.
The refs. On Brent Grimes interception, there was a bullshit “low block” penalty on the return. So instead of getting the ball at our 30, we began around the 7. A few plays later, and Dallas was up 14-0. Or how about the mysterious holding call on Jamar Taylor that bailed out the Cowboys. There is no way of knowing how much Jerry Jones paid off these guys, but someone needs to look into it.
Jamar Taylor. When he stayed on his feet, he was still 10 yards away from whoever he was supposed to cover. When he fell down (often), he was 20 yards away
Ryan Tannehill threw one of the worst interceptions ever, and that’s saying something for him.
Jarvis Landry. Flashy one moment. Sheer stupidity the next. Two drops of easy passes PLUS a crushing kickoff return.
Matt Darr. Hitting a guy as he’s about to go out of bounds is one thing. But after he’s been out for like 10 full seconds. Boneheaded.
Darren Rizzi. So sick of idiots who believe Rizzi is a good coach. Two weeks in a row where our kickoff returners stand around looking stupid. The ball lands in the endzone, but we end up at the 4 yard line. TWO WEEKS IN A ROW.
That falls on lousy coaching. Just terrible. How many times this year have we had penalties on special teams? How many times has our punt gunner stepped out and then ran back in to illegally make a play? Young players need to understand every possible scenario, and the Dolphins do not. Coaching coaching coaching.
Dan Campbell blew several huge calls again today. Number one, he keeps letting Jamar Taylor play. Number two was in the second quarter. Dallas punted from about their 10 yard line and we ended up getting the ball around our own 30. Holding on Dallas. Campbell chose the 10 yards from the end of the run. So we start at our own 40…not too shabby. However, isn’t it better (yes!) to make Dallas punt again, this time from the back of their endzone? Even if he blasts a long kick, Landry catches it at our own 40 and probably gets at least 10 yards. Possibly much more. Make an exhausted punt coverage team sprint downfield again.
Then there was Campbell’s Philbinlike decision to punt to Dallas with 6 minutes left and the ball around midfield, down 10 points. Best case scenario: Dallas rushes three times and goes three and out. They punt back to us and we get the ball around midfield with 4 minutes left. But guess what? We ALREADY had the ball at midfield with SIX minutes left. just a horrible decision by Campbell.
Campbell also remained inconsistent when winning the coin flip. No wonder the Dolphins are so bad in the first quarter. The coaches can’t get their act together, and I truly think it rubs off on the players.
Campbell refuses to bench opponent-helpers like Jamar Taylor and Jason Fox. There is simply no way possible that their backups can be worse.
On Dez Bryant’s TD catch, Lou Anarumo decided to cover him with 4th-string linebacker Neville Hewitt. Lou gets a negative vote for that. Horrendous usage of personnel.
The turning point of the entire game was the bullshit defensive hold on Jamar Taylor when we had Dallas sacked deep at their own 3 yard line. That play, the refs, and the combination of “lows” noted above took us right out of the game.