Sunday, October 20, 2013

Dolphins-Bills

Surprise of surprises!  I was at the game today, and probably like most of you, I thought the Fins were going to pull this one out.  It sure looked like it when they got things going on the series that included this picture; they scored and took a one point lead.

And you can say what you want about the end game and running or not running, about Tannehill getting sacked or whatever.  While that was where the game was lost, that's not really where the game was lost.

For me it was two plays early in the game that set pretty much everything in motion.  The first was the pick-6 on the third play.  The problem here was that Tannehill totally telegraphed the play.  As the teams lined up, the Bills recognized something in the formation, and changed their coverage.  And the db simply camped out as soon as the play started and broke on the ball.  He knew what was coming and was more prepared for it than Miami.

Yeah, some pressure got to the QB, but he threw the ball too quickly and it was all on him - maybe getting sacked umpteen times, and having been off last week caused him to react that way, but it was amazing how ready the Bills were for it.

The second play was a punt, a seemingly innocuous play, except the flyer ran out of bounds and stepped back in and was the first to touch the ball.  The penalty is 5 yards and a re-kick.  Fields had just gotten off a great punt, and in the exchange, it wasn't 5 yards Miami gave up - it was 50.  So the Bills started near mid field and scored their second TD a few plays later.

So at that point it was 14-0, and the Dolphins had to play from behind.  Change something there, and maybe they are in a better spot late in the game....

Anyway, before the game, a small group of us got to meet with new CEO Tim Garfinkel, and he laid out his vision and asked us what would bring out to games.  Someone said "winning" and he was right, I think.  When the team goes 6-10 and 7-9 year after year, and then drops 3 straight after looking good for a few, its going to send the fans back to their couches.

Look, I'm not the fan I once was, but I did like his attitude, and will be curious to see what he comes up with to build loyalty again and get fans to come out - or if that's even possible


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I was at the game as well and I feel this game reflected very poor on the coaches. They simply are not forcing the DE to stay home. They attempted one screen in the middle of the field. One!. They continue to put Tannehill in positions where he has to throw in 3 WR sets and keep a back in to protect. They can't pass protect in this formation consistently and rarely dump off to the backs in it. Having him drop back on 2nd and 8 at the 50 with the Def advantage we had? Just run conservative offense and make a practice squad QB beat you or why not run some screens to take Mario out of it? You said the word Dave. Predictable. Also how can they not have a better play on 3rd and 1? Lamar made it after breaking a tackle earlier in the game but it took a broken tackle. Don't run east and west on 3rd and 1! Every team now knows when the Dolphins go 3 WRs you don't blitz, you just put your best pass rusher on Clabo and let Tannehill make mistakes from pressure. We just lost to a team with a practice squad QB probably a bottom ten team in the league. Every coach on the team should give up their salary for this game towards tickets refunds. They should feel ashamed to get paid for a game plan that poor.

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I was at the game as well and I feel this game reflected very poor on the coaches. They simply are not forcing the DE to stay home. They attempted one screen in the middle of the field. One!. They continue to put Tannehill in positions where he has to throw in 3 WR sets and keep a back in to protect. They can't pass protect in this formation consistently and rarely dump off to the backs in it. Having him drop back on 2nd and 8 at the 50 with the Def advantage we had? Just run conservative offense and make a practice squad QB beat you or why not run some screens to take Mario out of it? You said the word Dave. Predictable. Also how can they not have a better play on 3rd and 1? Lamar made it after breaking a tackle earlier in the game but it took a broken tackle. Don't run east and west on 3rd and 1! Every team now knows when the Dolphins go 3 WRs you don't blitz, you just put your best pass rusher on Clabo and let Tannehill make mistakes from pressure. We just lost to a team with a practice squad QB probably a bottom ten team in the league. Every coach on the team should give up their salary for this game towards tickets refunds. They should feel ashamed to get paid for a game plan that poor.