For many years, the Dolphins secondary was the weak link on the team. But they started to reverse that once they finally listened to me and got rid of Jamar Taylor. Since then, we’ve seen a few rookies and second-year men show some promise. We’ve seen Bobby McCain slowly but surely win me over. We’ve seen a project like Tony Lippett turn into a success. We’ve seen a trade for Byron Maxwell work out (although the Dolphins eventually gave up on him while receiving nothing in return).
The bottom line: our secondary is now the strongest group on the defense.
I believe the DB coach Lou Anarumo was at least partially responsible for this major turnaround. When Dan Campbell became our interim coach, Lou was promoted to interim DC, and he did a decent job. But then Adam Gase came to town and demoted Lou back to DB coach. Gase instead hired his friend Vance Joseph, who led the defense to 30th ranked. Joseph left, and Gase then hired his pal Matt Burke. Throughout all of that, Anarumo didn’t whine about being passed up. Instead, he went back to being the DB coach and got that unit to play a lot better. Our secondary is not stellar, no doubt. But they were the best unit on a bad defense. Anarumo lost Lippett for the season. TJ McDonald was suspended. Maxwell was always in Gase’s doghouse. Despite all of that , the secondary didn’t embarrass us.
And yet, Adam Gase just fired him.
We all know the names that are out there. Even if you don’t think guys like Del Rio or Fox or Rex Ryan or Pagano are any good, all of them have more experience in their little finger than Gase and his hand-picked cronies have in their whole bodies. Don’t you think Gase should reach out to one of those guys to try to improve his staff?
On a side note, misery loves company. It’s kinda nice to know that other teams, even those with recent championship pedigrees, make the same stupid mistakes as the Dolphins do. Stupidity is apparently universal.
When it’s 4th and inches, I thought Miami was the only team who refused a QB Sneak. Now we know Pittsburgh refuses to run it too.
With the game on the line and the opponent in midair to catch a ball, I thought Miami was the only team to let him catch it and score. Now we know New Orleans does too. Players being unaware of the rules and unaware of the situation is NOT unique to the Dolphins.
When facing a third-string QB like Nick Foles, Atlanta took a page from Miami and decided to not rush him much. Just sit back and wait for him to eventually find an open receiver. Good to know that other teams play stupid schemes like we do.