Last Blog on the Bills Game Before Moving Onto the Kansas City Chiefs

In listening to Joe Philbin’s assessment of the disaster in Buffalo, it becomes so apparent what a broken record he is.  Any serious Dolphin fan who listens to Philbin’s press conferences will hear the same repeated lines over and over and over again.

  • “We have to get better.”
  • “I made the right call.”
  • “We considered the down and distance.”
  • “We’ll get that corrected.”
  • “(The opponent) is a great team. Well-coached.”
  • Etc.

Miami Dolphins Head Coach Joe Philbin

Does this look like a confident, championship -caliber coach to you, or a confused man obsessed with down and distance?

We’ve heard it all before.

  • But the Dolphins haven’t gotten better.
  • The calls were wrong.
  • Considering down and distance is meaningless if you are losing the game.
  • We don’t get things corrected.
  • Other teams are NOT good. They are not well coached. (remember 0-8 Tampa last year?)

Has any coach in NFL history promised the same old lines for three straight years and been proven wrong every single time?

One of the more infuriating items from Joe Philbin’s press conference yesterday is when he discussed why he ran out the clock at the end of the first half. He still says he made the right call. We lost the ball game, but he still says he was right. Just like last year when Mike Sherman’s terrible play-calling cost us games, Philbin defended him.

So Miami had the ball deep in its own territory with over 2 minutes left. At THAT point (and only at that point), Joe Philbin’s decision to run out the clock seemed wise. But it’s as if Philbin then closed his eyes and wandered into the locker room to grab a halftime snack.

He did not watch what happened next.

After a few plays, we were no longer deep in our own territory. We ran the ball well and we were at the 20. Then the 30. The 35.

Suddenly, our offense was clicking, and we were no longer deep in our end. But Joe Philbin did not adjust his strategy the way championship coaches do.

No matter how well we ran the ball and no matter how far we advanced, Joe Philbin stubbornly refused to re-think his strategy. We ended up at the 45-yard line (with no time left). If Philbin used his timeouts, that would have saved 35 seconds per timeout. That means we would have been at the same 45-yardline with 1:45 to play with.

You have to think about his logic. Joe’s decision left us around midfield with no time left. If he used his timeouts, we’d be at midfield with 1:45 left. Which would you rather have?

When defending himself, Phlbin flailed all over and grasped at many different excuses.

  • He said we were too deep in our own end. At first, yes. But that quickly changed.
  • He said he didn’t want to take chances, because we weren’t successful moving the ball prior to that. Again, at first he was right. But on that final drive of the first half, we DID move the ball. Philbin refused to see the present because he was obsessed with the past.
  • In the third quarter, Philbin said we were right where we needed to be. Uh, excuse me, coach. But we were losing. Do you wanna re-think your moronic logic? If losing a game is where Philbin needs to be, then we surely have the wrong guy in charge.

On a positive note, Bill Lazor’s press conference was a breath of fresh air. The very first thing he said was that he took the blame for the pathetic offense Sunday. He didn’t say he was right. He didn’t defend his stupid decisions. He didn’t defy logic and say that we needed to be behind in the score.

Bill Lazor said he will get things corrected the very next day. He spoke confidently, and I believed him. Whatever went wrong in Buffalo, Lazor was aware of it, and he vowed to correct it in 24 hours. I love that confidence.

When you ask Joe Philbin the same exact questions, you get non-commital and often-nonsensical answers.

As many of you know, Dolphins Truth predicted that the Bills game would tell us all we need to know about the 2014 Dolphins. Let’s hope I am wrong. And if Bill Lazor’s candor is any indication, the
offense just might turn this around and get us back on the right track.

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  1. It may be too early to tell but so far I like what I heard from Lazor and his composure and honestly are so far reassuring. Lazor also seems like the kind of guy who has locker room credibility with the players. Case in point, Wallace’s improved and more physical play. Lets not forget that in the not too distant past, Wallace has been known for allowing catch able throws to go right by without jumping or reaching up. Im hopeful.

    Okay let me stray off course and propose a hypothetical question. Back to the end of the 1st half with 2 minutes left deep in our territory. We start moving the ball at will and are approaching mid field. Then here comes the call for another run play , but T-Hill and the other players feel if they pass and gain another 20 or 30 yards they can possibly score a FG before the half. Why cant T-Hill either audible, or simply say screw it and pass anyways? I mean there really isnt anything to stop him from whispering into Wallace’s or Hartline’s ear and tell them to run out and see if they can get open. And I’ll bet this stuff happens in the NFL all the time. What is Philbin going to do ? Bench T-Hill and / or his star receivers for the 2nd half. I doubt it. And if the play goes well and we get within FG range say on the 30 yard line. Is Philbin still going to let the clock run out? Nope! Hes going to take all the credit for such a great comeback and at the news conference say it was designed that way in practice.

    Some of the better team chemistry Ive witnessed were grounded with a strong coach but were also stocked with players that were just barely able to be controlled. The push and pull of this balance of power was not always balanced. Sometimes the coach had to step back and let the players have their way and conversely the players would fall in line as well at times. Occasionally ,a good coach needs to take his team’s temperature and go along with it. Loosen the reigns just a little and let the spirit guide the team for a while. Just look at the Seahawks and tell me Pete Carrol is some kind of strict disciplinarian. I so doubt it.

    I dont question for one second Philbins commitment or will to win. Philbin wanted to stop the bleeding and in his mind contain the game until the 2nd half. It is possible he also sensed the Bills D was slow playing the Phins, essentially baiting them into a turn over . I cant blame him for that either. But the collateral damage was an image of giving up for both the team and fans. I hope his decision was influenced by many factors which add up to a good decision. We will never know. And given his track record so far, this is a worse addition to the list of gaffes that is starting to get a little too long.

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      Ahhh, PhinsUp brings up an interesting point about players blatantly disobeying their coaches and calling whatever plays they want. It would be very curious to see how Philbin would handle it. You’re right…I can’t see him immediately benching T-hill. But what WOULD he do? Hmmmm

  2. Like the blog and comments made. No one mentioned Special Teams.

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      Jeff makes an excellent point. We’ve been analyzing the offense so much the last few days that we forget to mention the disaster of Special Teams. You look at the blocked punt, the TD return, and the muffed punt, and all three of those are huge huge mistakes. But they are also player errors and assignment breakdowns. Hopefully that gets corrected and never happens again. It’s hard to blame special teams coach Rizzi when Jarvis Landry muffs a ball, for example, so we’ll let Rizzi off the hook for now…

      1. No, Admin. It is NOT hard to blame Rizzi. At least partially. 2 years ago on thursday Night Football, the Bills had a return for a touchdown too. Why cant he design a simple scheme to stop them?

  3. The blocked punt and kick return annnnnd in pre season no player to catch a punt. Something is up with our special teams and as Ive already posted before, I am highly suspect of Rizzi. I wish I could remember the article I read that barely mentioned something about the Bills viewing tape of our special team’s punt formations and noticing there was a weakness. It cost us more than just points it destroyed the momentum we just started to regain and murdered any lingering morale. Put Rizzi in front of the reporters and lets hear his post game interview. I would love to hear his spin skills on about this game.

  4. Tannehill is a bust. Put him at receiver and let a more decisive Matt Moore play. Tannehill has no pocket awareness and seems to be scared to run.

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