In an article on ESPN (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=3758183 Porter empathizes with Burress, defends athletes' need for guns), Joey Porter defends the need for guns by recounting all these stories about athletes who have been the victims of crimes, and therefore need to defend themselves.
Okay, this is not about the right to keep and bear arms, that's another discussion.
This is about him referring to when he was shot in the butt a few years back, and the Jags lineman who was shot earlier this season, and the Sean Taylor situation...and using those as examples of needing to have a gun to defend oneself. I fail to make the connection. How would a gun in any of those scenarios helped anything?
I'll take his own situation as the case in point. It was a drive by shooting into a crowd of 150 people. He might have had time to draw his gun, but what would he have shot at? And would it have changed him getting hit?
Remember back when Dave was the coach and Tony Wise told us that it takes a while for an o-line to come together, like months and months. Then, along come Hudson Hauck, this supposed guru of o-lines, and he couldn't get much out of his group, and it was always a "process" or it took time or some such.
And then enter Tony Sparano and his gang. He started with two rookies, a second year player, a castoff, and a 4-year vet and had some amount of success. A couple of guys got hurt and he plugged in young who-dats and he continues to have success.
I guess coaching does matter, and we were fed lines of bull for years from coaches who really didn't get it...
J Peasy was quiet for most of the afternoon, and I wondered if he would get a sack.
Did he ever. came up with 2 big plays on Sunday. At one point in the 4th, Buffalo was pinned back near their own goal line, and on a third down play, Joey just blew past the confused lineman who had, to that point, controlled him. Sack all the way back at the 1.
Then, when the Bills were driving with a minute left, Joey did what he does best. Remember when these two teams met a few weeks ago, and Sparano said to get the ball back, and Joey did to end the game?
Well, he did it again (this time without being asked). As he did on an earlier series, he just blew past the left tackle, got to Losman, and this time forced a fumble that essentially ended the game when Holliday recovered the ball.
So, now he has 16.5 sacks and is back on the pace to get the Dolphins all-time record...
This was supposed to be the Wildcat. Ricky is the guy who receives the snap. Chad is lined up wide left.
The line is balanced. There is no motion. Ricky takes the snap and runs right.
Problem is that with no motion and no unbalanced line, the defense reads it as a RIcky run all the way, and at the snap sees how the line moves and realizes it is to the right, and is able to stuff it in the backfield.
It was worth a shot, but this was a variation I hope we do not see again...
Miami ran a variation on this play several times Sunday with some pretty consistent success. Its a "sweep play" where the running back goes to the outside shoulder of the offensive tackle, and has some room to run.
In college, this is a highly effective tactic because the fast running back can get to the edge faster than the defense. However, most NFL defenses are so quick that the effect is negated...unless you run some motion. In this case, Martin is running across the formation to the left, which would make the defense read run left. At the snap, the line starts blocking right, but from odd angles, so that they have leverage and can switch to blocking left, thus keeping the defense off balance. Meanwhile Martin comes around and takes out the linebacker "from behind" and the fullback goes and takes out the defensive back on the end.
Now, all the has to happen is that Ricky runs through the gap, and its a first down.
I'm dumbfounded, overwhelmed, and absolutelt astounded that the Dolphins are 8-5, and find themsleves in a 3-way tie for 1st place in the division....and the way it is playing out is that only the winner of the division will make the playoffs.
Fortunately, Miami holds the tiebreaker advantage over both should they all finish, say 11-5.
Wow, ain't it great to be relevant as we head into mid-December?