Despite some negativity and doubt this week, the Dolphins have a team that can beat the Bills. I am not convinced the Bills are a strong team, and let’s hope we can prove it today.
Our offense must score points often, and that has not been occurring. Philbin/Lazor simply MUST come up with a better game plan to beat the Bills and their stout defense.
It’s not rocket science. We need to give Tannehill more time. But Philbin stubbornly leaves Jason Fox out there in isolation, and we get destroyed. We need to double-team BOTH of the Bills’ defensive ends. Using extra tight ends and even an extra tackle on the ends will do the trick.
So that means if you use the 5 standard offensive linemen, and 2 extras to double team on each end, that is 7 linemen committed to pass protect. Tannehill makes player number 8.
That means we can send 3 guys out running routes. That is plenty.
New England routinely sends 2 guys out into routes and they still put up 400 yards passing a game easily.
WE DO NOT NEED TO SEND 4 or 5 PLAYERS OUT INTO PASS ROUTES EACH PLAY.
We run far too many plays with 4-wide set, and Miller in the backfield. It simply does not work, and that needs to be fixed.
So if we double the ends, does that make us vulnerable up the middle? Perhaps, but that is something we can live with.
If T-hill has a little more time because the ends are taken care of, that means he will only have to worry about middle pressure.
But that pressure is avoidable. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams, for example, is a slow, fat, white bull rusher. Tannehill can see him coming a mile away and easily avoid him. There are not blind spots when a bull rusher comes up the middle.
Tannehill cannot blame his line mates if he allows himself to be sacked by a guy you can see coming a mile away.
But all of this is moot if the Dolphins try nothing new. And, very sadly, Philbin NEVER tries anything new. Can you think of one single game in 4 years where Philbin tried to surprise the opponent? I’m talking about a whole new game plan or a different scheme? Or even a trick play? Never.
Remember in the first Jets game last year when we were so concerned with Geno Smith’s scrambling ability and the deep threat of the Jets’ WRs? Rex Ryan threw Philbin for a loop by handing off 99% of the time, and it nearly worked! It took a late interception to seal that game, or the Jets were poised to win. THAT is the type of game changer we never have in Miami.
We run the same two or three base formations constantly, and we fool no one. Ever.
I’m not saying it’s an easy fix-all to double team the Bills formidable pass rushers. But I am saying we have to at least TRY. Come out from the get-go and show the Bills some offensive spreads they’ve never seen on tape before.
Let the OTHER TEAM make the adjustments for once, and watch good things happen.