I’ll start with Jamar Taylor, whom we’ve been most critical of. He played great. His third-down tackle in the backfield was a thing of beauty. Kudos to Kevin Coyle for placing Taylor in the perfect spot, and kudos to Taylor for making it count. The D-line wouldn’t allow Orton time to pick on Taylor, and even when he did, Taylor was up to the challenge. He shut up all the people like me who criticized him, and I am so happy to be wrong.
The D-line. It didn’t seem like Orton was sacked a lot, but he was hurried all night long. It took them a couple of series to come together, but once they did, they stymied the Bills. Giving up three field goals isn’t the same as a shutout, but it’s still just as hard to accomplish.
Ja’Waun James played great at a brand new position for him. We’re pleased with his results.
The new snap counts drew Buffalo offside THREE different times that I recall. This is huge. Other teams draw the defenders offsides all the time, but rarely do the Dolphins. Last year, Tannehill’s “Go” and “Go-Go” never fooled anyone. This year, it’s been a little different. And last night, it was a LOT different.
Not too many lows again this week, but a few things to critique.
Dion Jordan, the Number 3 OVERALL pick last year, continues to do absolutely nothing. Even Jamar Taylor, who I criticize every week, shut me up with an awesome tackle-for-loss. One play, Dion. All I ask is one single play from you to shut me up.
Speaking of Dions, Dion Sims blew a block assignment on Mario Williams and almost got Tannehill killed. You remember the play…Sims went left and was assigned to cut back right and chip Williams. Instead, Sims jogged toward Williams while Williams fully sprinted right at Tannehill. A lack of hustle is unforgivable.
The Refs. Hey, I give criticism where it is due, and there were some iffy calls. I am so happy that some bad calls went OUR way for once, but we cannot expect those calls next week in Denver. Peyton Manning gets ALL the calls. No way on earth will the refs hand us 2 free points against Manning like they did against Kyle Orton.
Bill Lazor’s playcalling only got us 20 points. Last week we only got 16. Skip back to Jacksonville, when we got only 13. This MUST change. Case in point…the Bills could not stop our short passing game. We played it brilliantly. My only issue with Lazor is why he stopped doing it. When we led Buffalo 19-9 late in the 4th, we had the ball deep in Bills territory with a chance to REALLY put the game away. 26-9 would have iced it. But instead of going with a few more short passes that had led to 2 earlier TDS, Lazor called two ineffective running plays, and then a long pass to Mike Wallace. Yes, we had a bigger lead in this game, but it’s the same principle as the Lions and Packers games: Why does Lazor go away from the plays that have been successful all day long?