Wednesday, November 13, 2013

It's Ross' team

And it's ultimately up to him what he does with it.  He doesn't care what Amy of us think. Only that collectively we support the team-especially financially.

So in a way, kudos to him for establishing a committee to act as somewhat impartial but football-smart group to look at his team.

Think of it as an independent evaluation. Whatever the NFL investigator comes back with, this group might have an alternate view - supposing either or both gm and coach are exonerated in the inquiry. Perhaps the committee will see things differently.

Certainly the personnel moves are puzzling and Ireland is the usual scape goat (or as he once said the most reviled man in town) when things go bad.

But Philbin shouldn't be off the hook. Dion Jordan only played a handful of plays and will be limited the rest of the year?  Thats okay with them for the #3 overall pick?  2 yards rushing in a game? Really?

And then there was this "glorious" sequence on the bucs first drive. They gashed the fins and got down to 1st and goal at the 4. 1st down is an incompletion.

Then the extra tackle -Penn- came on the field after 1st down, and reported as eligible.  There happened to be a shot of the referee on TV at that moment, and you could see him say he was eligible.

Then, the Bucs call timeout.  They take the break, and come back, and he's on the field as an eligible receiver, and the Bucs run.  

Then, its 3rd down and they remain in the same formation with him in the same position.  So he's still eligible. And he scores.

IMHO, the Dolphins simply forgot about him.  It was a classic moment of one coach outfoxing another.  By sending him out earlier and calling timeout, they put him in a position for the 3rd down play. And lulled the fins into thinking it was a power rush and forgetting that he was eligible.

And Philbin is ultimately responsible for catching that, and reminding the defense. Bad coaching?  Or simply bad luck?  I argue it's the former.

So perhaps Ross will find that either or both will need to go, based on their actual performance in their jobs.

4 comments:

  1. Nice observation Dave on the eligible reciever. I will have to go back and watch that. Is it bad coaching or is the Dfence not making the right final adjustments? Who knows? I know one thing, if Zack thomas were still in there those kind of mistakes wouldn't be happening. That linbacking corp hasn't done a very good job.

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  2. Nice observation Dave on the eligible reciever. I will have to go back and watch that. Is it bad coaching or is the Dfence not making the right final adjustments? Who knows? I know one thing, if Zack thomas were still in there those kind of mistakes wouldn't be happening. That linbacking corp hasn't done a very good job.

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  3. Great observation of the tackle eligible TD. Coyle and his assistant needed to remind them when he calls the defensive play. If the TO was in the Tampa Bay plans all along, that's pretty risky. They could wind up wasting one. And if it was, then they out foxed us for sure.

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  4. According to an article by Armando in the Herald, this was in fact planned all along. And the amusing part was that during the timeout they showed a video of Penn catching a TD, and nearly called off the play because they feared Dolphins coaches had been alerted. Clearly they hadn't.

    As for the timeout, indeed it was risky.

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