Kenny Stills dropped the easiest, sure-thing touchdown pass in NFL history, which cost the Dolphins 7 valuable points and all the momentum in the world as the Dolphins went on to drop a tough one in Seattle, 12-10.
Stills began the day by refusing to stand for the National Anthems.
On his first play he committed a hold.
Andrew Franks missed a short field goal that didn’t help momentum either. Technically it was blocked, and the announcers pointed out that Laremy Tunsil was lined up wrong. I see their point, so it’s hard to figure out who to blame, so I go with Darren Rizzi, the most over-rated coach in the league.
Then there’s offensive genius Adam Gase, who called a timeout on defense while the clock was ticking down on a Seattle play. That was his Philbinlike move #1.
Gase had no answers each time Seattle adjusted. We had a good bunch of defensive series in a row, and we were frustrating Russell Wilson, for example. But then Seattle started to keep extra blockers in, and Gase did nothing. That was Philbinlike #2.
On the fateful last drive, the Dolphins allowed Doug Baldwin to run from right to left on numerous plays. He was either wide open each time, or he was covered by Bobby McCain, which is the same as being open. Wilson had time.
When we had a 4th and inches in the red zone, Gase called for a long handoff that was doomed from the start. A quick QB sneak keeps the drive alive, but Gase called for Tannehill to turn backwards and hand the ball to Arian Foster and…
the Seahawks had the holes covered faster than I could finish that sentence. It was a terrible, doomed play call. Philbinlike #3. That one hurt.
On Seattle’s first drive, a receiver caught the ball, took a step, and fumbled. Refs blew it and called an incompletion. Gase did not challenge. Philbinlike #4.
On the final kickoff with 30 seconds left, I question the call to have Grant take it out of the endzone. It gained only 20 yards and cost time. K.O. returns for touchdowns only happen every couple of years. The odds were against us. But if we take the ball at the 25, we only need a one big pass play to be in field goal range. Difficult, but the odds say that a 30-yard pass play is far more likely than a 105 yard KO return. Yes?
Damien Williams had a nice screen pass on our lone touchdown drive, but otherwise did nothing to earn a spot on the team. He took a bad penalty on one of our many many punts.
As for the positives…
I would the defense as a whole played outstanding. Two takeaways (should have been three if Gase challenged). Hurries and sacks and pressures. Several open field tackles. It was great to see. The one blemish occurred at the end, and that’s a hard one to swallow. We had Seattle third and long and then 4th and short several times, but we couldn’t make that elusive 4th play. I think the guys were exhausted from being out there all day.
Tannehill is such a weapon when he runs the ball, and he proved it again today. Gase didn’t call enough plays for him to do it though. Plus, there were several rollouts when Tannehill needs to tuck the ball down and sprint forward. Instead, he waits and prefers to throw a 3-yard pass when he has an open flat in front of him to run to.
Arian Foster, another National Anthem disrespector, had one nice run after a screen pass, and a few other good runs. He did nothing incredible today, and the line gave him zilch. But still, you could see the Seahawks focusing on him, and that was good that they feared him.
As many mistakes as Gase made today, one thing I did like was that he got mad on camera, several times. I don’t think he’s going to pat a guy’s butt and say “Nice try.” I think he’s gonna destroy some egos on that plane trip home.