Ryan Tannehill played well. His passes were impressive today, but mostly because he had all day to pass. The Oakland defense is among the worst in NFL history, and Ryan benefitted. What we really liked was Tannehill’s scrambles and designed runs. We need more of that. Successful things happen when he puts the ball down and runs.
Brent Grimes had a great interception.
Same for Walt Aikens.
Lamar Miller continued to rush well. Will give him a bad mark for his fumble, but otherwise he ran through that lousy defense like he was supposed to.
Cortland Finnegan. Where are all the naysayers who criticized Dolphins Truth when we praised the signing of Finnegan? When was the last time you saw a Dolphin recover a fumble cleanly? And then pick it up? And then score? Can he teach his teammates how that is done?
I love how Lamar Miller flipped the ball to the ref after scoring. Did you see that, Brian Hartline?
We finally picked up a 4th down.
The win itself. Barely getting by the pathetic Raiders would be the same as a loss. We needed a huge blowout with contributions from everyone, and we got it.
That first drive of the game was brutal. Raiders have one of the worst offenses around, and they cut through us like a hot knife going through butter.
Joe Philbin refuses to challenge the easy challenges, both of which were huge plays. That first pass of the game, the receiver dropped it twice and the replays showed it rolling under him. Where was Philbin’s red flag? And then later when the Dolphins recovered a Raider fumble, Philbin did not challenge.
I do not like using 4 wideouts consistently. It seemed like every single play. With 4 wide and one RB deep, that only leaves 5 blockers up front. That is dangerous against a good team. We got lucky that we played the Raiders today.
Playcalling. It’s hard to criticize play calling when we scored 38, but it should have been 58. When we have 4th and inches, why does Lazor/Philbin consistently put T-hill in the shotgun and then have him pitch it backwards? Instead of lunging forward for a few inches, we pitch it backwards eight yards. Again, that is a bad play and it hasn’t worked all year. Thank God we had the Raiders today!
Walt Aikens should have had an easy TD, but he got nailed and sent flying backwards…by the 4th string quarterback. To make matters worse, Aikens then recovered himself and started running forward again. And he then got tackled by the same QB! Come on, Walt! You got your ass knocked TWICE on the SAME PLAY!! By a 4th-string QB!
Jarvis Landry can remain as a WR, but it’s time to give the punt return duties back to Marcus Thigpen. If the Raiders were any good, they would have capitalized on Landry’s mistake.
The Dolphins came out flat and with no concentration once they had a big lead. That will be disastrous against the good teams we have coming up. Dion Sims single-handedly destroyed a drive with penalties and drops.
Tannehill still not finding the right guys. Remember the play when Dan Fouts saw that we had 3 receivers vs. 2 defenders? And Tannehill threw if right into the middle of them, instead of waiting for one to break free for a big play. Dan Fouts is 63 years old and he can spot that from a mile away upstairs, yet Tannehill can’t see it 10 yards away.
The second unit defense let Oakland have its way in the 4th Q. Yeah, the game was over, but they gotta try harder.