Sometimes, injuries aren’t the worst thing to happen to a team. Just ask any Patriot fan what happened after Drew Bledsoe got hurt.
For the Dolphins, it could be a good thing. We can hope.
Our starting linebacker corps is blown up with injuries now, which might finally force Adam Gase to let Mike Hull start a game. From there, we expect Zach Vigil to get some playing time as well. It’s pretty poor management that these guys haven’t seen more playing time, especially since the guys ahead of them on the depth chart are very very average. Jelani Jenkins is having an absolutely horrible year. Spencer Paysinger and Neville Hewitt are playing like you’d expect third-stringer to play like. The only one making any waves is Kiki Alonso, and he may have to sit out Sunday. Vigil and Hull are our only hope, and I firmly believe they’ll take advantage of their time to shine.
Gase cut 2/5 of his starting offensive line a few weeks ago and he routinely benches Jay Ajayi when we need him most. He makes some pretty drastic movies on offense. But for some odd reason, he won’t even consider any linebacking changes. Baffling.
On offense, I am tired of hearing about how all the coaches and home-town reporters are hoping DeVante Parker can play. Why? So he can cost us more turnovers? So he can land out of bounds? So he can NOT fight for a ball? No thank you.
It’s time to stick Leonte Caroo in the lineup and keep him there. If we need a spread formation, then it’s time to get Jakeem Grant in the mix. The kid scares me every time he catches a punt, but let’s see what he can do as a WR.
They keep running the same play each week–where Grant runs in motion like he’s going to take the snap directly or else accept a handoff from Tannehill, but it’s been a decoy each time. It’s time for Gase to stop messing around and give the ball to his playmakers. We all no that DeVante Parker has never broken a tackle in his Dolphin career, but all Grant does is break tackles. Who would you rather see get the ball?
On a side note, the Raiders began their tank last night, giving New England home field advantage throughout the playoffs, yet again. Oakland, KC, Denver, and Pittsburgh are still the teams we’re chasing, we have to to count on no help at all from any of those teams.
I’m starting to see this upcoming Cardinal mgame like the Steelers game: it looks like a game where the Dolphins are overmatched, but somehow they can find a way to put it together and get a win.