After last week's game, Redskins coach Jim Zorn got his players to join him in a team cheer, of sorts. He had them say "Hooray" when he said "Hip Hip"....now this is a very old British tradition of three cheers for a job well done.
His players thought he was, well, hip, and thought it was cool that he was using a Naughty By Nature rap song to cheer them on. You know, that's old school rap and all.
They were surprised to learn later that he was not hip, and was instead harkening back to the 1800s for a cheer. Now, that's OLD school.
One of the keys to Miami's 3-4 defense is to have a big man clog the middle and take on a couple of offensive linemen. That job falls to 12 year pro Jason Ferguson and 2nd year player Paul Soliai.
Soliai violated some team rule and was suspended for last week's game. So, that left Ferguson and a much smaller Randy Starks (even though they're listed at the same weight, they're not), who typically playes end, to fill the middle.
Ferguson was injured early in the game, so Starks played most of the way. The results were a lot of yards rushing and some domination by the Ravens. Now poor tackling was another problem - one that Sparano will address this week - but clearly the nose tackle was an issue.
Ferguson is expected to miss this week, and that leaves Soliai as the proposed starter, and Miami has a rookie tackle to help as well.
It does kind of make you wonder, though, doesn't it? That guy could make that much of a difference?
After so many years of losing, I think I'm losing it. I don't want to take anything away from Jake Long, because he's generally good, and Suggs called him 'one of the best tackles in the game'.... but I have to wonder about the choice. Joe Flacco is having some success, as is Matt Ryan. And either one could have been ours.
Instead, we have Chad Pennington. And Chad Henne waiting in the wings. I'm being impatient, I know, and everyone says "give him time..." But why didn't we get one of these guys? And have them starting on day 1?
I'll steal a page from my buddy, Igor's page and say "I'm bored with losing"....
Miami had a 3rd and 5 from their own 45 with about 9 minutes to play to halftime. It was 3-3, and Miami was playing well enough at this point.
Its a play that called for various crossing routes to try and find seams in the zone. Cobbs is the one in green, while Suggs is in red in the first picture.
In the second, you can see that Pennington is under durress and he's looking for Cobbs. But, there's a defender in front of him, and just out of the picture - owing to his drop - is Suggs. Chad, you're being sacked. Don't throw the ball.
Turn to picture #3. Pennington is being taken down, and now Suggs has "jumped the route"...he knows Pennington is going to throw it toward Cobbs, and its all his. Did Pennington not see him? Possibly, because he was deeper and was out of view in pic #2. But this is the NFL. You should never, ever, throw a floater out like that.
Cam "Cam" Cameron coached a total of 9 games at Dolphins stadium between last year and this. Two of them happened to be against the Ravens and he happened to be on the winning end of each. He even got the Gatorade shower.
When he was coaching Miami, his offenses were inept and his defenses couldn't rise to the challenge. When he was coaching the Ravens, his offense was anything but inept, and Miami's defense couldn't rise to the challenge.
So why the frick couldn't he find ways to win "with the talent he had" while he was here? He had agood game plan for beating the Dolphins, but never seemed to have much of one for beating anyone with the Dolphins.
Heading out of last week, you had to wonder how the Dolphins would respond. Would they be motivated to go out and dominate? Or would it be the start of a crash. Surely, its too early to tell if this is the start of a crash. But, they didn't go out and dominate.
Chad Pennington was pretty mediocre. Ted Ginn actually sort of played today. Davone Bess caught a TD pass. But Brown and Williams were held in check. I think Williams led the team with 16 yards rushing. And the wildcat? More like the pussycat. It did nothing on the day. I think the #1 defense in the NFL was effective against it.
Got any new wrinkles, Mr. Henning? I guess not. Well, they did try using Pennington as the receiver of the snap, and ran Brown in Williams' slot. But that wasn't so effective, since Pennington was playing in position. When he was out of position, he was driven out of bounds.
Some people said that Miami was still in contention after last week. After all, the lost wasn't that bad. I would say they were in contention today for a top 5 draft pick. Or is it too early to start talking about the players that will be available then?
Let's see....the wind is blowing from Dolphins Stadium....and it smells like rotting fish...so that would mean its the Dolphins.
What a pathetic performance in the first half. Cam Cameron comes to Miami with a rookie QB, and the Fins can't fins an answer as he carves up Miami's defense? Holy crap. You would think they'd be well prepared for what Cameron has to offer. But, you'd be wrong.
And on offense? We had a WTF moment when Pennington threw a perfect pick 6. Just great.
At 17-6 and ending the half on a sack, I have that gut wrenching feeling its just going to get worse in half #2.