What a way to start the year.
All off season, Coach Philbin preached "We need to win the turnover battle!"
So much for that mantra. Our first offensive play proved no one was listening.
Two steps by Lamar Miller and he took a hit to the chest. Too bad it was the ball that hit him in the chest and 2 seconds later Dallas is set up on the 10, 1st and goal.
Three plays later rookie corner Will Davis loses a step on the slot and winds up getting flagged for DPI by shading the receiver.
Right from the start, Dallas blew us off the ball. They went through us like a hot knife thru butter. Luckily for us, they decided to pass the ball more than to run it, otherwise we may not have been able to stop them.
If you think that just because everyone says your defense is gonna be good, all you have to do is show up, you are sadly mistaken. You still have to play with emotion.
After Dallas gets a few first downs past mid field, we finally stop them and force a punt. Which brings us to our first bone head play.
As Dallas lines up for their first punt, someone on our team is late getting onto the field and barely gets into position. He didn't know he was on Punt Return? It was our first punt of the night, not our sixth after a few injuries are sustained. In any event, we fair catch it just inside the 10 setting up Miller's slip, sliding away hand off from Tannehill to start our first drive.
I wish I could say that was the end of the moronic maneuvers. But I can't.
After the DPI by Davis sets them up on the 1 yard line, another defender has to hustle out just before the snap to get 11 on the field.
Does anyone on this team actually know when they are supposed to be in the game?
Now this all leads up to the Hall of Fame Bone Head play of them all. We come out of the 2 minute warning in the first half and granted, with all the TV commercials, they only give you 2-3 minutes to talk about the next play. Surely the league could spare more time, because we clearly needed it as we had to burn a time out as we broke the huddle late.
Am I watching Pop Warner or is there a distinquishable lack of discipline on this team?
I think the cherry on the top was when we finally get a sack fumble and the ball is tipped forward by one of our bone heads and it actually, get this, I know its gonna be hard to believe because they are professionals, but the ball rolls right through the legs of three of our charging stooges and Dallas recovers for a first down!
Good Night Nurse.
On the positive side, who knew Egnew could catch?
I guess Carpenter really wants to stay because he played great with all the touchbacks and his 45 yard field goal.
Now I know it is only the preseason, but these coaches better get a handle on these problems and maybe, just maybe, kicking some butt instead of looking up them might help.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971