Editor’s Note: To our younger readers…you may have noticed the word “film” in our headline today. Film is an ancient form of plastic that was used to capture images when writers like us were little kids.
We’ve had a chance to digest all of Joe Philbin’s excuses now, so it’s time to analyze them.
About the final Dolphins drive, Joe Philbin said that his strategy was NOT to just kill some time. He wanted to aggressively get a first down or two to ice the game away. Philbin said, “I told Bill that we were going to do whatever we have to do to get a first down, whatever the call.”
Okay, that’s fine. If you want to be aggressive, then why begin with a handoff? And then why call a long-dropback—shotgun-pass from a spread formation (i.e., no extra blockers) when you are 100% certain that Green Bay would blitz? Those were two wasted downs.
If Tannehill had taken a knee or even been sacked, then later on, Rodgers would have had less time to work with, and we win. We always yell at Tannehill to not take a sack, but in that case, the entire coaching staff needed to be screaming at him, “Do not throw an incompletion. Do NOT stop the clock.” He needs to know that himself, even if the coaches don’t tell him so. Horrendous leadership.
Anyway, so now we had 3rd and 9. Remember, in Philbin’s own words, he ordered Lazor to be aggressive to get the first down. But then he ran the same running play they failed on earlier on the 4th-and-goal. The play failed yet again.
You claim you wanted to get a first down on a 3rd-and-9 play, but then you hand it off on a play that GB had already diagnosed earlier? Insane. Green Bay had their 3rd and 4th string DBs in the game, and you chose to RUN it twice. And you call that AGGRESSIVE? My goodness!
The terrible punt and coverage then gave the ball to GB at their 40. It seems like Brandon Fields waited his whole career and got better and better to finally make the Pro Bowl. And after he did, he became an average punter at best. We had the ball at our 35. GB started at their 40. Doing the math, the punting team gave us 25 yards. We would have been better off if Tannehill had thrown a long interception on purpose. Anyway, Fields’ terrible season is not Philbin’s fault.
Now Green Bay begins at their 40 and gets to our 48 at the 2-minute warning. They gained one yard over the next two plays. And then came the big third-down play. Wake and Vernon destroyed Rodgers, and he fumbled and went down hard. Click here to read about Philbin’s terrible, game-losing timeout. We won’t get into it here, because we already analyzed the timeout.
So now we get back to Philbin’s excuses. He called it Kodaking. They like to see what the offense is showing, and then they match up defensively. In theory, it’s not bad. BUT…you don’t do it when the opponent is reeling, gasping for breath, and defeated.
Besides, Kodak is a bankrupt company that went down the drain because they could not adapt to the changing times. No foresight, and no results. And Joe Philbin takes his football strategy from them. Brilliant.
Philbin gave his pals from Green Bay a breather, and they came back to drive the ball for a final play with six seconds left. Philbin then called timeout again.
The Dolphins got a look at Green Bay’s formation, called a timeout, and then saw it again. And we still couldn’t stop it. The worst use of timeouts in a long, long time.
Let’s say Philbin doesn’t call the timeout on 4th and 10. What’s the worst that could happen? Even if we had the wrong defenders in the wrong positions and they were all gasping for air…what’s the worst that could happen?
The worst that could happen is that Rodgers throws a hail mary and the Packers score a TD. But then we get the ball back with a minute left, needing only a FG to tie it. And the way Jarvis Landry is returning lately, I like those chances.
Like Kodak, he cannot and will not adapt.