Why is everyone so high on the Dolphins’ so-so offense?

It’s very rare that Dolphins Truth posts two articles in a row about such a similar topic, but the incessant praise for the Dolphins first-team offense just won’t stop.

Again, I don’t know what these other “experts” are seeing, but it sure isn’t a high-quality dominant and unstoppable offense.

I’m guessing that they watch the Dolphins score a first-quarter TD against the Bears, and then again watched them do the same against the Panthers.

Wow!  Stop the presses!  The Dolphins scored touchdowns, so therefore we have a brilliant offense.   Uhhh, no.

On the first play of each game, Lamar Miller got buried alive.   An entire week of preparation went into that first run play of the game, and both times our offensive line wasn’t even in the stadium.

Both Tannehill and Matt Moore got strip-sacked for fumbles.

In the Bear game, we had first-and-goal from inside the five.  We failed on three straight plays.  Then a lucky penalty against the defense gave us a first down.   Then we failed on three straight plays again.  Six plays so far, to get a short touchdown, and we couldn’t get the job done.  Joe Philbin went for it on 4th down, and we all know that in a real game, he wouldn’t do this in a million years.

In the Panther game, we had first-and-goal from inside the five.  We failed on three straight plays.  Then a lucky penalty against the defense gave us a first down.   Then we failed on three straight plays again.  Six plays so far, to get a short touchdown, and we couldn’t get the job done.  Joe Philbin went for it on 4th down, and we all know that in a real game, he wouldn’t do this in a million years.

See how eerily similar those two paragraphs were?  If it were for defensive penalties, we would have failed.

Then there’s Damien Williams getting so much praise this week.   For what?  The guy fumbled the ball and handed it to the opponent…all while not being touched by anyone.  It’s just another huge mistake this kid keeps making, and Philbin never corrects it.

Our tight ends have been nonexistent.

The predictable spread formations are far too frequent.

And the head coach giving the ball away to the other team?  Well, some things never change.

AND FOR SOME COMEDY:    Check out this clip of Tosh O explaining to little children what a lying scum Nick Saban is.    Tosh is one of the few people who get it.  No one cares that Saban left the Dolphins; what we DO care about is Nicky lying about it for an entire season.

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  1. To this day, I’m still surprised Philbin wasn’t fired by the end of last season, since he’s ultimately responsible for what’s happening on the field.

    The Tosh.0 clip was pretty funny, btw.

  2. Admin…. R E L A X….. as some cheese head once said. There’s no, if any game planning in these preseason games. If the troubles you speak of continue when games matter then I’ll be the first to b*tch about it.

    I’m high on this offense because we have clearly upgraded and surrounded T-hill with weapons. Stills, Cameron, Parker when he returns, Landry who will be a STUD this year, depth in the backfield, an improved defense that will create more turnovers thus more possession time and more opportunities to score.
    Guard does concern me and Albert needs to get back ASAP. We’ve been fortunate with the injury bug after seeing what’s gone on with other teams. Losing Delmas doesn’t concern me that much as he’s oft injured. I like Aikens and think Thomas can do a decent job.
    Despite being on the road early I like our schedule, which will allow guys to settle in and recover from injury.
    As soon as the ball is kicked off at Washington in 2-3 weeks then I will be out with the microscope watching Philbin, the OL, secondary, etc.
    Did you see how we sat Grimes last game? He has nothing to prove till week 1. If he went down like Jordy Nelson or the other Pouncey then we’d be in a real big hole. I wouldn’t even play established starters in the last preseason game.

    R E L A X

    1. Author

      Got it. I will chill.
      Perhaps I am too negative too soon. But that’s better than being too overconfident!

  3. There’s nothing wrong with the Dolphins that a franchise QB wouldn’t fix.

  4. I agree with the Admin this offense will struggle to score points. All new receiving corp and TE and not a playmaker anywhere on offense. I mean no one you’d want on your fantasy team.

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      Having Wide Receivers as your elite offensive weapons is not the way to build a team. We’ve covered this before. Jarvis Landry can make breathtaking catches, but so did Brian Hartline. Adding several other young and exciting WRs will be meaningless if T-hill has no time to throw to them. And a lack of an elite RB will put even more pressure on our WRs. A great head coach and a brilliant game plan can compensate for all that, but we don’t have a great head coach at all. Heck, Philbin isn’t even an adequate head coach. That’s why out of all these guys, I think we need Jay Ajai to step up and become a stud. A power back like him will eat away at an opponent defense over the course of a game. He’s much more valuable than an occasional acrobatic catch by Landry or Davante Parker.

      1. I agree but look what this starting line has done so far this preseason in the running game going up against first team defenses!

        With the exception of the long cut back run of millers there have been few holes for our running backs to run through so I’m not sure it would matter if we had Emmit Smith in his prime!

        I can already hear the chours of complaints – Miller has a 5.3 yard average so that means the line is GREAT!

        No it means he has had two long runs and sat out a bunch!

        If you ONLY look at the running plays the OL is in really bad shape.

        If you ONLY look at passing plays the OL is in really bad shape too!

        So however you look at it the OL is in bad shape!

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          Very well said. Those two strip-sacks that we endured are 100% the fault of the O-line. And you’re absolutely right about Miller’s average. He busted a few long runs, but otherwise he’s been getting destroyed out there.
          It’s hard to build a solid O-line. I’m not sure if drafting more lineman last May was the solution. There just weren’t a lot of quality lineman entering the draft, so we’re stuck with who we got.

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