So as Monday developed, a few tidbits of information came in about Lawrence Timmons, but still nothing concrete to go by. It appears that Timmons went awol in order to go to Pittsburgh to visit his the mother of his child. That seems to be confirmed by all involved (except Timmons, who apparently isn’t available to discuss it).
Adam Gase claims to know little else, and claims that he hasn’t spoken to Timmons and claims that he hasn’t decided what to do. I’d rather Gase say “No Comment” rather than lie to us like that, but what can ya do? There is a huge duifference between saying “I don’t know” vs. “I know but I’m not going to tell you.” Anyone remember Nick Saban?
As I said yeterday, and stand by it, Timmons and Gase both made enormous mental gaffes that could have doomed the Dolphins, but alas they did not.
So in re-watching the game, a few key players come to mind that need to be called out. Here are Sunday’s heroes:
First is Cody Parkey. The kid was clutch and drilled a 54-yard game-winner with a minute left. On top of his 3 other field goals, he clearly won the game for us. Any debate on that one?
Next is Chase Allen. Some of you may remember that I was praising this kid all the way through camp. And then in the pre-season games. I’m so glad that Gase made the smart decision to keep this guy. He didn’t do anything spectacular on Sunday, but he was steady. I love being right about someone!
I don’t think the announcers mentioned Anthony Fasano once yesterday, but watching him block on the running plays was beautiful. He buried the defensive end on numerous plays and took care of Joey Bosa more than once. Trenches blocking is not glamorous, but Fasano did excellent work and freed up Ajayi often.
I’ll give credit to Jay Cutler as well. He proved that steady play, even when not spectacular, is enough to win ball games. Very happy with his performance, and there’s a ton of room to build on it.
Finally, I’ll give credit to offensive coordinator Adam Gase. He FINALLY left Jay Ajayi in the game on third-and-one. Jay rushed for first downs both times. it’s not rocket science. Last year, Gase consistently benched Ajayi on third down. This year (hopefully) he learned his lesson. I hate Gase’s other decisions as head coach, but his play-calling as OC to utilize Ajayi was encouraging.
And now the goats, the men who did all they could to ensure a Charger win:
First up is head coach Adam Gase. Calling a timeout while the opponent was in disarray is called “pulling a Philbin.” I thought it would happen only once in Dolphins history, but Gase opened it up again for Round Two. He claimed he did it to conserve time so the Dolphns would get the ball back one last play. Yes, because the hail mary’s and multiple lateral plays work so often. There is so much wrong with Gase’s logic.
Next is Lawrence Timmons. Look, Dolphins Truth tries our best to avoid speculation and instead we look at facts and analysis. But it’s hard to ignore the possibility that Timmons has some kind of mental issue. Every player misses their family during a road game. But to take off on your teammates? Something isn’t clicking here. Gase is trying to protect the man’s privacy, but at some point, the fans (the folks who ultimately pay Timmons’ salary) have a right to know the truth. And we should hear it from Timmons or Gase long before we hear it from TMZ.
Next is Julius Thomas. I’d rather have Brandon Albert back. Thomas looked awful. There were two different times when Cutler was scrambling and Thomas just stood there. Compare that to Gronk’s TD catch that was over the highlights all day long. When Brady scrambled, Gronk went deep. When Cutler scrambled, Thomas stood there. I saw virtually nothing from Thomas, not even potential. I blame Gase, somewhat, for not trying to call his number more often. But watching Thomas nonchalant his way on some plays…very unsatisfying.