The Dolphin coaches blew this game. Namely Mike Sherman’s son-in-law once again.
Yes, I know some of my readers will blame Tannehill and others will blame our D.
And by the way, if you’re going to blame the D, then start with overrated Reshad Jones missing an easy interception on the first pass of the game, and then getting plowed over embarrassingly by Frank Gore on Gore’s first TD run. Combine that with Jones’s game-changing fumble last week and you see what the Pro Bowl voters saw.
But enough of that. Zac Taylor and his ridiculous obsession with 4 and 5-wideout formations doomed us once again.
Folks, this is not rocket science. This is not brain surgery. When we stack our own offensive line, we run the ball well. When we keep guys in for maximum protection packages, then Tannehill succeeds. When we try Zac Taylor’s wide formations, we lose. Those are simple facts. Proven over and over and over.
Even today’s d-list of announcing squads (Dick Stockton and Dave Diehl) pointed it out.
So when we use the max protection formation and it gains us 15, 20, 30 yards…what should we do? CALL THE SAME PLAY AGAIN. It’s not complex. It’s not illegal. It’s smart. So then why don’t we do it? Because the Dolphins coach from within a culture of ignorance.
The entire Dolphins coaching staff seems to feel that if a play works, then the opponent will instantly be able to stop it next time, so we better not try it again. It is a ludicrous assumption that will cost us 11 losses this year.
Philbin started it. Campbell fostered it. Zac Taylor perfected it. The 5-wide formation simply does not work and has never worked for us, but rather than tamper with failure, we continue the failure.
It is baffling how these men have jobs, it really is.
On the safety, that Colt lineman started opposite Dallas Thomas. He ran all the way around to the other side, ran around Jason Fox, and then ran right at Tannehill. This is a 370-lb fat slowpoke who took a long, circuitous route to Tannehill. It LOOKED like he got there in a hurry, but you have to examine the path he took to get there.
Still, Tannehill had to see that fatass a mile away and get rid of the ball. He has to throw the ball away on the next drive instead of throwing it right to Vontae Davis. Tannehill did an awful job of escaping pressure and an even worse job of throwing the ball away to minimize the pressure.
But when the pressure is there almost every down, the mistakes are gonna happen. The last sack of the game was a laughable example of what happens when Zac Taylor tries his 5-wide formation. The Colts ONLY rushed 3 men, yet ALL THREE of them had a hand in the sack. And Tannehill seemed to have no clue that the game was over, or he woulda heaved up the ball instead of taking that sack.
Our lineman stood around.
First and goal. The win only five yards away. Zac Taylor tried fade routes. LMAO. I guess Zac forgot that Lamar Miller was on the team. I guess Zac forgot to roll Tannehill out. I guess “leader” Dan Campbell forgot to remind Zac of these things.
Early on after the safety, Fox cameras showed Darren Rizzi screaming at the refs because allegedly he wanted a timeout. Why wasn’t the head coach screaming?
Later this afternoon, Bill Belichick wanted a timeout. He ran his fat ass onto the field and called it. Where were Rizzi/Campbell when they wanted the timeout?
My point is that if you want a timeout, you do whatever it takes to call it. Don’t sit back, give up two points, punt the ball away on the free kick, and THEN whine about it. Rizzi is such an overrated useless coach.
The pass interference call on Jarvis Landry was easily the worst call I’ve seen in years. But still, Dan Campbell can’t kick field goals when we’re so deep. Again, the announcers said it too. We are a last place team without nothing to lose. Yet Campbell wouldn’t go for it on 4th-and-one while deep in Colt territory. TWICE. It just proves that Campbell does not have what it takes to be a coach. And his assistants have never had it.
On third downs, we consistently go to useless Damien Williams. We also let useless Damien return kickoffs. The Dolphins continue to be the ONLY team in the league who bench their best players on the important plays and instead put in scrubs who have done NOTHING their whole careers. What has Damien Williams ever done to deserve so much playing time? Again, this falls on out coaching staff.
Pretty Boy Charlie Whitehurst beat us today, a week after 4 ft 7 Danny Whitehead did so last week. These are not the Black Curtain we’re going up against, folks. These are the NFL’s cellar dwellers.
And if these shitty teams are in the cellar, where does that place us? In the grave.
Speaking of graves, Mercury Morris and the boys can finally open up that bottle…