First of all, right off the bat, we need to point out that 2 of Jay Cutler’s 2 interceptions were DeVante Parker’s fault. He fell down on one and dropped a ball right in his hands on the other. Od all the Dolphin underperformers who receive sooo much praise (e.g., Mike Pouncey) I’ve had it with Parker most of all.
The next time he breaks a tackle will be his first.
It’s infuriating to hear each year how much improved Parker is. And then he comes out and does nothing week after week after week. Meanwhile, Jakeem Grant and Leonte Caroo get to ride the bench. So we’re gonna hear a lot about Cutler’s 3 picks this week, but just remember that only one was his fault.
Now onto the refs. In a baffling call, the refs said that Ryan Fitzpatrick was down as soon as he made contact with his own teammate. And yet there was no whistle. No signal at all. They let the play go on. Then after it ended, the refs ruled that it really had ended sooner. The announcers (who were dreadful, but the way…there were FIVE different penalties that Dick Stockton missed calling. He was in the middle of praising a Dolphins first down while the ref was calling the holding penalty for example) and even the on-air rules expert all said it was a safety.
But it wasn’t. Because this was two last-place teams, nothing much will come of it. It won’t make the news. The Dolphins will not demand an explanation nor get one. But all of that SHOULD happen.
Not to mention the phantom pass interference on Anthony Fasano’s touchdown. That’s the 5th time this year the Dolphins have been called for offensive PI on that same similar play, where the WRs cross each other. Even if it IS legal, Gase needs to design it better so the refs have nothing at all to call. A horrible call; it really was.
On Tampa’s final drive, the Dolphins drove the WR out of bounds, and the clock should have stopped. But instead, that same ref who blew Fasano’s TD claimed that the Wr was tackled in bounds. A brutally incorrect call that cost us a valuable timeout.
On our second-to-last drive, the Dolphins faced a third and inches inside Bucs territory. Wishing for a simple QB sneak was too good to be true, and of course, Adam Gase did not disappoint. He ran a bootleg and Matt Moore showed no hustle at all. That resulted in a 4th and 1. Another QB sneak, right? Well, you know Gase’s view on QB sneaks, so you know the answer to that. Bucs’ ball.
I’ll give Gase some credit. We saw a lot of bootlegs and play actions today. And they worked!! The problem was that Gase, as usual, does not stick to successful plays. Instead, he goes back to those running plays up the middle…especially when the D is expecting it. Play actions worked well. Bootlegs worked well. So of course Gase stopped calling them.
And Damien Williams was red hot early on, so of course Gase benched him and went to Kenyan Drake too much.
There was a play ran Tampa drilled out punter (no replays by the way). Somehow, the refs called it only a 5-yard penalty. Horrible call. You could hear Gase ask “Why isn’t it 15?” The ref just said “It’s 5” and walked away. You see, that’s a senior NFL official not giving a shit about a legitimate question from an angry young coach. Bill Belichick gets that question answered (and the call changed). Mike Tomlin? Same thing. But Adam Gase? It’s not his fault really, because he hasn’t earned any stature yet and probably never will. But to not even be given an explanation? That’s just bad all around.
The defense? Well they played great all day, and it’s DeVante Parker’s faults that Tampa got 14 points on us. But when we needed the D most–against journeyman bum Ryan Fitzpatrick no less– the defense caved like an avalanche.
The penalties. There were some awful calls out there, but most of the penalties were just bad plays by the Dolphins. Cutler throws a pick and we get a 15-yard penalty on… Reshad Jones!?? Who wasn’t even on the field!! Jones ran onto the field to play defense, and cheap shotted a guy who was on his way off the field. Undisciplined nonsense like that from a team fighting for their lives?
There was a play when Tampa had 12 men on defense, and Matt Moore just watched him try to jog off. No urgency to snap the ball. No fire.
What do you guys think?? What did I miss?