I got a lot of hate mail yesterday for blaming our COACHES for the loss. Most of our readers felt compelled to blame Tannehill or our terrible offensive line. Those blamers are not wrong.
The offensive line is horrible and Ryan Tannehill didn’t do anything to earn praise (just ask Miko Grimes, who lambasted T-hill on public media), but it’s the way those players are utilized that makes the Dolphins lose week after week.
This will sound like a broken record to many of our readers, but when we employ extra protection packages, we have success. Period. Case closed. On the pass when DeVante Parker caught that long pass, you will note that we only sent out TWO receivers. Only Parker and Landry ran routes. So two men went out for a pass, and Tannehill was the QB. That means three players were involved in the pass itself, leaving eight men in to block.
EIGHT blockers. And it worked like a charm. If you have a shitty offensive line, you help it. You give them extra blockers. And you succeed. It is not rocket science. It is a basic, fundamental strategy.
Joe Gibbs used to work it to perfection. Blitz the 1990s Redskins with as many men as you want…they will have more men ready and blocking.
Landry and Parker are good enough to get open if you give them a little time…and eight blockers pretty much guarantees that you WILL get that time. There is no need to go down to 7 blockers and add a third man into the patterns. And NEVER a need to send out five men and leave only 5 blockers. Never.
When we’re going to run the ball, is it better to have the tight end right next to the tackle for an extra blocker? Or is it better to have the tight end lined up wide, 25 yards away, to the side of the defensive linemen? Again, NOT complicated.
Yes, Jamil Douglas cost us the game by forgetting the snap count. He’s an idiot, and that play was not the coaches’ fault. Douglas himself must take that one upon himself. By the way, why do they sometimes call that a false start on the center? It’s like 50-50 how they call that. The same exact play occurred in another game yesterday, and the refs flagged the center for a false start, since he was the only one who began the play.
But it still continues to baffle us when we go away from our successful plays and instead “trick the other team” by changing the successful formations. Ridiculous.
We’ve also noticed a lot of griping about Ross and how we all wish he’d sell the team. Yeah, and we wish Brady and Belichick would retire, but that ain’t gonna happen. Ross is making plenty of money from the Dolphins, and he’s not going anywhere. We are stuck with him and stuck with the people he believes in.
The ONLY cool thing about the next month is that we’ll almost certainly be in the market for a new coach AND an entire new staff. Maybe even a new QB. It will be exciting.
Last year at this time, there was NO HOPE for change. Ross had already locked in Clueless Joe, and we could only look on with envy as Rex Ryan and Todd Bowles were signed by division rivals.