While every other Dolphins article this weekend is telling fans not to panic, and telling us that it was only a pres-season game, and telling us that you cannot judge an offense by a few plays….while everyone else is saying all that…I will tell you they are wrong. It IS time to panic.
It cannot and will not get any better. We saw our 5 best O-linemen out there Friday, and you saw what happened.
The offense is abysmal. Time to start looking at the 2017 draft class, because we are closer to the #1 overall pick than we are to a playoff spot. The offense was atrocious Friday night, and there is no magic switch to make it better in 4 weeks when we go into Seattle.
We have outstanding wide receivers and tremendous depth at that position. Our running backs are serviceable and might break out. The QB is a huge question mark and may actually be good.
But the offensive line is pitiful. Just horrendous. Unacceptably unprofessional. They looked like a junior high junior varsity squad in there.
The most exciting playmakers on earth are useless when their QB is on his back all the time.
Offensive genius Adam Gase seemed more like Joe Philbin out there. When the first team O was out there, we spread the formations wide on most of our plays.
That means more receivers and fewer blockers. That means disaster. More receivers to turn around and see Tannehill get drilled. Just like last year. Time after time after time.
Tannehill was on his back more than he was on his feet. The offensive line couldn’t pick up anything. They couldn’t open holes. The 5 base linemen couldn’t stop 3 Giant rushers, let alone 4 when Olivier Vernon rushed instead of covering. (special thanks to Stephen Ross for letting Vernon walk away).
I just don’t see a way out of this. I don’t see a silver lining. I don’t see how a line that was so incredibly inept on Friday gets any better. No matter how much money we throw at O-linemen and how many draft picks we waste on these guys, it never helps. The third down offense was disgusting, and this was 99% the line’s fault.
It was brutal and it was scary.
Am I overreacting? Not a chance. It’s the opposite…everyone else is under-reacting, as if pothead Laremy Tunsil is gonna come in and all by himself open gaping holes against Seattle? My friends at the Herald and the Sentinel and the Phinsiders certainly believe so. They all tell us not to panic.
Our pal, Armando, for example, said this: “And instead of worrying about statistics, hope that your team is learning from what happened against the Giants early in this game.” The problem, is we’ve been hearing that for 5, 10, 15 years now? The team does NOT learn. What are they supposed to learn anyway? Toughness can’t be learned. Knocking a defender on his ass can’t be learned.