1. Welcome, sir.
We’re all very excited to have you come aboard. We’re putting away all pessimism and look forward to what you bring to the table. You just spent a season working for Chip Kelly and his fast-paced, exciting offense. Maybe you even helped create that offense. You helped turn Philly into a playoff team in only one year.
2. QB Sneaks are legal in the NFL.
No one is sure why Mike Sherman never called a QB sneak. We had numerous 3rd-inches and 4th-inches throughout the season, but Sherman never called the sneak. Even worse, Joe Philbin never stepped in to correct this. For 16 weeks, Philbin let his friend Sherman call the same ridiculous plays when we needed an inch. Hopefully you can talk some sense into Philbin.
3. Don’t suspend loyal, dedicated Pro-Bowlers.
People seem to forget that the NFL did NOT SUSPEND Richie Incognito. It was the Dolphins. Now this might have come from Mr. Ross or from Joe Philbin or from Jeff Ireland or from Mike Sherman. But in any event, the Dolphins were a weaker team without Richie. Punish him if you want, but don’t make the team weaker, ever. Ever. And when 50 current Dolphins tell you how much they love and respect Richie, listen to THEM. Listen to your own players,
not the media.
4. Don’t call for pass plays when we simply need to run out the clock.
In 2012 vs. Arizona, Miami had the lead with about 3 minutes to play. We had the ball around midfield. We were running the ball tremendously well. A few more handoffs, and game over. But no. Mike Sherman decided to call for a pass. Sack. Fumble. Defense recovers. Opponent scores. Dolphins lose.
In 2013 vs. Buffalo, Miami had the lead with about 3 minutes to play. We had the ball around midfield. We were running the ball tremendously well. A few more handoffs, and game over. But no. Mike Sherman decided to call for a pass. Sack. Fumble. Defense recovers. Opponent scores. Dolphins lose.
It’s almost spooky how an Offensive Coordinator can blow two games in the EXACT SAME WAY without learning a lesson. Even worse, is after he blew these games, his friend, the head coach Joe Philbin, said that Sherman made the right calls.
Mr. Lazor, please make the REAL right calls, not the Joe Philbin fantasy world of right calls, where your right calls end up losing you ball games.
5. Use Mike Wallace more, and better.
A lot of Dolfans have been on Mike Wallace’s back all year long for not earning his money. Here at Dolphins Truth, we think that is hogwash. Wallace’s lack of production is mostly due to a poor offensive scheme. For example, Wallace lined up on Tannehill’s right side on virtually every single play through the year. Sherman
never mixed it up. I think even a child would tell you that when you mix things up, it might confuse the other team. Mike Sherman refused to mix it up.
Also, there was a concern last year about Tannehill missing his long passes to Wallace all the time. When asked if they can practice this more, Philbin and Sherman said that you can’t practice the long ball too much, because you need time to practice other things. THAT quote is another reason we are so happy to be rid of Sherman. If you’re good at math but do poorly in science, you study science more. If Tannehill is awful at the long pass but is great at handing off to Lamar Miller for no gain, then you ask (demand, order) Tannehill to practice the bomb.
Devote a whole day to it. Devote a month to it. Whatever it takes.
6. Don’t call for spike plays when we have the defense on the ropes.
Mike Sherman killed us in the Raven game by calling for a spike play toward the end. Baltimore was tired and had the wrong defense on the field. But instead of taking advantage of that, Sherman called for a spike play to waste a down. His rationale: “I wanted to give the offense a breather.” What genius Sherman failed to realize is that
he also gave the Ravens a breather. They regrouped and stuffed us on 2nd down and then sacked us on third.
Thanks to Mike Sherman.
7. Don’t re-invent the entire offense.
Parts of what we did last year worked. We liked the short passes to Hartline, Gibson, and Matthews. Keep it up.
Study what we do well, and stick with it. Abandon what we don’t do well. Or make us better at it.
8. Change Tannehill’s cadence.
It’s laughable how even casual fans could tell you that when Tannehill says, “Go,” then a pass is coming. When he says, “Go Go,” then a run is coming. If regular fans can figure it out, then the defense did too. Mike Sherman never changed it. His pal Joe Philbin never stepped in to order Sherman to change it. Stand up to Joe Philbin and make him realize when he’s wrong.
9. Pitchouts are allowed in the NFL.
Apparently, Mike Sherman thought pitchouts were illegal. And flea-flickers. And Wildcats. There are so so many
creative plays available, but Sherman never called a one.
10. Develop a killer instinct in Tannehill.
When he throws interceptions, get mad at him. Make HIM mad at himself. No more sulking off the field looking so despondent. When the defense has a 12th man racing off the field, have Tannehill hurry to snap the ball to draw the penalty. Make him bark cadence differently to draw someone offsides. Peyton Manning does this stuff constantly, and Dolfans can only look on with envy. Get that killer instinct going in Tannehill, instead of always having him follow the book.