Monday Morning Update:
As I expected, the media and casual fans are blaming Cutler. He does deserve some fault. But Gase’s atrocious game planning combined with Julia Thomas’s laziness are the main factors here. I think it was one of the Herald hacks who said on the interception intended for Thomas, it wasn’t clear if it was Thomas’s or Cutler’s fault. Are you serious? There is not one play–not one single play–where the design is for the tight end to slowly jog straight ahead and not turn around whatsoever. Sorry, but I refuse to blame Cutler for this mess when it is Thomas’s continued lack of production that is a key factor. Lack of production AND lack of effort. AND disrespecting the National Anthem. He’s a real winner, isn’t he?
First of all, click here and take a second to read our post from SATURDAY. We tell you about what a bust Julia Thomas has been. This was BEFORE the Saints game. So we’re not just harping on him now because he blew the Saints game for us. We started much earlier.
It’s very very rare that a play in the first quarter can have so much impact, but in this case, it truly did. Julia Thomas ran the laziest route in NFL history, and the ball got intercepted.
Julia didn’t turn around. He didn’t look for the ball. He didn’t try to knock it away from the tiny defender. He loafed.
All of this after he refused to stand for our National Anthem.
The laziness of Julia took away all Dolphin momentum. All confidence. All everything.
I know Cutler haters will indicate that Cutler himself threw the pick, but come on. We all saw what Thomas did. Or didn’t do in this case. Not even trying is even worse than not standing for the Anthem. Disrespecting your country does not cost you games. But laziness does.
Don’t under-estimate the effect his laziness had. It sapped ALL energy from the team.
Adam Gase’s playcalling, as always, didn’t help. (Why did he call a pass on first-and-goal anyway?) Haack’s 30-yard punts didn’t help. Bobby McCain playing like a j.v. middle-schooler didn’t help. Rey Maulaluga’s out of shape self didn’t help. Byron Maxwell blowing out his hamstring in a routine pre-game warmup jog didn’t help. Horrendous officiating didn’t help. No-Nothing Stephen Ross giving away this “home” game didn’t help.
Yet despite all of those “Didn’t Helps,” the King of it All was Julia.
We pointed out Thomas’s lack of production several times this year, and today he topped it with a real gem. Not to mention his Anthem antics while in a foreign country.