Well, the backup Dolphin defenders gave up 31 points to a bunch of 5th stringers who are about to be unemployed once they are cut. That is not good news, as it shows a serious lack of depth. After watching 3 and a half quarters of unknown defenders out there, you’d think that one or two would have made a play to catch my eye. Not really.
Although, I do have to mention Cordrea Tankersley had a nice interception, literally taking the ball away from a receiver. That was sheer smarts and instinct. The receiver thought that Tank was simply going for the tackle, but Tank had other ideas. Backup LB Chase Allen was all over the ball. I saw him blow a tackle in the open field, but otherwise he was running around like a madman in pursuit. I wonder if the coaches noticed. I’d like to see more of this kid.
I have to admit that Jay Cutler impressed me. I watched him avoid the rush and step up, something that Tannehill NEVER looked comfortable doing. His passes looked good, and he seemed to know where his WRs were. It was only a handful of plays, but it’s something to be cautiously optimistic about. “He knows the playbook” is extremely over-rated. I don’t care about that. I care about can he throw the ball and can he avoid the sack when the guys are coming right at him. Cutler can.
Matt Moore cannot. Did you see Moore get sacked on the corner blitz? He knew/saw the guy coming right at him and decided to wait and then try a spin move. LOL. I don’t know what it is about Moore and Tannehil both having zero ability to avoid a sack when they see the guy approaching. I’m not talking about blindside attacks. I’m taking about the inability to simply throw the ball away when a play is doomed.
Senorise Perry had a nice touchdown run but then embarrassed himself with a Damien-Williams-like kickoff return. He muffed the catch. He tripped. He slipped. He fumbled. Plays like that are responsible for keeping Damien on the roster. Nobody else seems to want the #3 running back roster spot.
I hope that the screen passes to Jarvis Landry are just preseason decoy plays. Because if we try those plays in the regular season, we’ll get a lot of 3 and outs. They never work.
Adam Gase has this bad habit of bunching up WRs on one side of the line on those WR screens. So that Stills, Parker, and Landry are all there next to each other. But that means there are also 3 DBs there waiting, plus a safety cheating to that side. Essentially, Parker and Stills have to block two men each. It’s much better to isolate Landry on one side and then throw it to him. I like his chances of beating ONE defender, much more than I trust Stills and Parker to block several men.
Didn’t we sign a couple of new tight ends this off-season? Anyone seen Tony Fasano or Julius Thomas?