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.”
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.