While we all get angry at Joe Philbin’s incorrect decisions each week, we must understand that anger is a part of being a fan. Not everything can go right, so we have to be a little patient if a coach makes a mistake now and then.
But do fans, players, and team ownership (ahem, Mr. Ross) have a right to be angry when the coach makes the SAME INCORRECT decisions for three straight years?
As far as Joe Philbin blowing the Packer game against his friends Mike McCarthy, Aaron Rodgers, et al., we at Dolphins Truth don’t think the fans and ownership should be angry…
…We think they should be irate, outraged, and infuriated.
It’s time to be beyond simple anger. It’s time to be fuming mad at Philbin for all his mistakes. Or, more accurately, it’s time to be fuming mad at Philbin for the same exact mistake he keeps making.
Just so you know that we’re not talking nonsense, we’re going to tell you about three specific games that Joe Philbin cost us over the last three years. The main component of these losses is that Philbin made the same error each time.
Again, it’s bad enough that he makes these mistakes, but it’s worse when he refuses to learn from them
We had the ball at the end of the Packer game with about 3 minutes to play, and we were in decent field position at our own 35. We ran on first down for a yard, and GB used its final timeout. Here’s where Philbin got all wishy-washy and waivered. He admitted himself that he was “queasy.” (Can you imagine champion leaders like Shula or Belichick being queasy…let alone admitting it to the world that you don’t have the stomach for this job like Philbin did?)
Anyway, the next play was a pass with a deep dropback. GB was all over it, and Tannehill had to throw it away…which stopped the clock. A pass play that didn’t work in the waning moments of a game. Sound familiar, Joe? A pass play that cost us the game. Sound familiar, Joe?
We feel that we should have run in that situation, to eat another 45 seconds off the clock and give Rodgers far less time to make a comeback. Some disagree about that, and it’s an interesting debate. But even if you think we should have passed, everyone agrees it should have been a quick slant or a screen or something similar.
That pass play, which stopped the clock, gave Green Bay 45 extra seconds and cost us the game. Because Philbin passed in the final minutes of a game. When we should have run.
Philbin decided to pass in that situation, he said, because he knows Aaron Rodgers is good and he wanted to keep the ball away from him. “We know the type of quarterback that we’re playing against,” said Philbin.
He was afraid of an opponent instead of trusting his own men. Queasy? More like cowardly.
Maybe you think Philbin was right to fear an All-Pro quarterback like Aaron Rodgers. But then what was Philbin’s excuse for fearing 4th-string journeyman bums like Thad Lewis and Kevin Kolb, both of whom are now working day jobs far away from the NFL?
You see, Philbin called a deep-drop pass play last year against the Bills that cost us the game. We had the lead in the 4th quarter. We had the ball near midfield with just a few minutes left. The running game was going well, and we had all the momentum. Run down some clock, and punt the ball back to the lowly Bills and to some backup-backup QB named Thad Lewis. Easy finish for the Dolphins D. But no. Philbin apparently feared Thad Lewis the same way he feared Aaron Rodgers. He tried a pass, and disaster struck. Sack, fumble, recovery, short field, opponent scores on a short field.
Disaster struck because Philbin was too queasy to trust his great defense against an emergency QB.
Now go back a year further to our game in Arizona. We had the lead in the 4th quarter. We had the ball near midfield with just a few minutes left. The running game was going well, and we had all the momentum. Run down some clock, and punt the ball back to the lowly Cards and to journeyman QB Kevin Kolb. Easy finish for the Dolphins D. But no. Philbin apparently feared Kolb the same way he feared Thad Lewis the same way he feared Aaron Rodgers. He tried a deep-drop pass, and disaster struck. Sack, fumble, recovery, short field, opponent scores on a short field.
Do you see the pattern? Philbin calls for pass plays when runs work better. And he loses games for us. The same exact scenario THREE YEARS IN A ROW, and Philbin’s decision to pass cost us wins. He simply makes the wrong call when we have the lead late. Repeatedly.
He says he is too queasy to pass, but then he passes anyway and loses us games.
Whether the pass play goes wrong because of a fumble or the pass play goes wrong because it stops the clock, either way, the pass plays go wrong. These are Philbin’s calls and therefore Philbin’s fault.
Letting the opponent have the ball deep in their own territory with time ticking against them is not a bad strategy. This is not the Olivadotti era. We have a strong defense. Trust them, Joey, trust them.
Don’t help the opponent by stopping the clock for them or turning the ball over at midfield.