Monday, September 12, 2011

Not quite ready for prime time

I had said that Bellicheat wouldn't forget his perceived humiliation, and that he would (and will) continue to exact revenge against Sparano and anyone else who happened to be on that coaching staff.

Then, today, when people asked what I thought might happen in tonight's game, I told them that Miami couldn't score over 21, and that the Patriots couldn't be held to under 21 - so there was essentially no way for Miami to win.

And it came to pass. Billy did some things along the way that made it seem like he was toying with the fins. Heck that screen that was tipped and picked off seemed to me like it was just the patriots being cute with the fins. And the 99 yard Welker pass? An example of trying to rub it in. And how about having a db line up against Jake Long late in the game? He was being ridiculous and essentially telling Sparano "up yours!"

So let's look at the game:

The Good
  • Miami's offense was definitely more aggressive than it had been
  • They surprised me by scoring more than 21 points
  • Brandon Marshall and Chad Henne look like they're closer to being in synch
  • Henne looked decent out there

    The Bad
  • Sparano and many of the defenders think they are elite - one of the best in the league. Funny how allowing more than 600 yards of offense and only getting one turnover will change that opinion
  • I see how much better the defense is without Channing Crowder.
  • Jason .... who? There was a 99 on the field, but the only thing noticeable he did was to limp off the field.
  • Jake Long looked like he hadn't played since January. He was, in a word, terrible
  • Reggie Bush is an explosive guy but is not an every down back
  • Cameron Wake was basically taken out of the game, and that left....ummmmm....I dunno....to take up the slack.
  • Mike Pouncey has a long road ahead. He was okay, but didn't match up well with anyone. Not even my grandmother's cousin.

    The Ugly
  • Nolan Carroll sucks. He should have been sent home - for good - late in the 3rd quarter. He's better than Will Allen? Really?
  • Marc Columbo. Ay Caramba! He was cover-your-eyes-awful in this game.
  • Richie Incognito had 3 penalties and several blown assignments. That won't get it done.

    So Miami starts 0-1, on its quest to get that #1 overall pick - and not draft Andrew Luck. I'm sure there will be a defensive tackle that they'll like....
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