Sunday, December 29, 2013

Lack Of Heart Shows All To Well

Two weeks ago, a team controls their own destiny.

Two weeks ago, their head coach is being vetted for Coach Of The Year.

Two weeks ago was a long, long time ago.

Two weeks ago, this team won an emotional battle over their perrenial division champion.

Two weeks ago, they were on a roll.

Two weeks ago was a long, long time ago.

With two opportunities to get themselves into position to attain their goals, they wilt like wax flowers in the summer sun.

With two opportunities to move so far ahead of where many thought they would be at the beginning of their quest, they decided not to even show up and attempted to mail it in instead.

The effort and lack of execution these last two games is completely unacceptable.

When I watched today's game on TV and saw the players on the sideline, other than Tannehill picking his nose, nobody looked to be digging deep inside themselves or pushing eachother to perform better.

They looked disinterested at times. They didn't look like a group of guys knowing that this is it!!!

After an incomplete pass in the 3rd Quarter, when the game was certainly still winnable, our D backs just walked back to their positions.  3 guys, 2 feet away from each other and no high fives, no pats on the helmut or butt.

No life.

Where was the emotion?

Where was the burning desire to succeed?

Where was the fight?

Where are we headed?

Two weeks ago, we were headed in the right direction.

But two weeks ago seems like a lifetime ago now.

Phins Up!!!

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971
Carldleone@aol.com

17 comments:

  1. Some of it is talent and character on the field. But when I look at guys like Cam Wake, Mike Wallace, and Charles Clay - these guys have talent and will to win. They are the best players on the team and yet seem don't seem utilized at the right times enough.

    To me, the biggest problem is coaching. Philbin did a good job pulling the team together in adversity, but this coaching staff doesn't seem to have what it takes. Lack of imagination, failure to use the talent the best way it can, bad playcalling, no motivation.

    If we're going to change, we should start with the head coach.

    I'm thinking Mike Shanahan my be a step in the right direction. Shanahan is a good coach that has been hamstrung by the most meddling, undermining owner in the league. Don Shula couldn't coach that Redskins with success.

    The good thing about Shanahan, aside from the fact that he will fix the O-Line immediately and be a positive force on Tannehill's development, is that he knows the business of the NFL very well and has seen it all. He can help Ireland be a better GM, help Ross be a better owner.

    Ross needs to go after Shanahan.

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  2. Linearz, I didn't want to go there yet. I knew a new coach would need to be addressed but wanted to wait a bit.
    Shanahan could be a solution or a big pain in the butt too.

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    1. Carl,

      Understand your point. It does seem sort of knee jerk to say fire the coach. But, aside from pulling the team out of the Incognito-Martin fire (which they may have helped create to begin with) I'm not seeing much from this coaching staff. The lack of motivation, gameplanning, adjustments, etc. over the past two weeks just goes to show the problem.

      Aside from O-Line - which was a huge problem - this team's roster is solid. And the O-Line's problems stemmed from issues that have to do more with leadership and teamwork than talent, which points the finger at coaching.

      Ireland has improved talent acquisition tremendously over the past few years, and I don't think he is the problem. On the other hand, we don't have a lot of experience at the highest levels of this team's leadership. Ross is clearly not a football guy, Ireland is just starting to settle into the job, and Philbin is really a career coaching sidekick that was tossed the keys to the car.

      As for Shananhan being a "pain in the but", I don't see it. Of course he had problems with Snyder, but who doesn't? Snyder gave him full control over "football decisions" and then Snyder turned around and demanded the team make the trade for RG3, play RG3 when he was hurt, play RG3 early this year when Shanahan knew he wasn't ready. Of course Shanahan is a little cross, he was undermined from the start.

      Shanahan knows the game as good as anyone, he knows success, and Ireland has already shown a willingness to work with the coaching staff. I have trouble seeing where Shanahan will be trouble. He is a great coach and his strengths are where this team has its biggest weaknesses.

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    2. He is a proven commodity. He does stand his ground.

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    3. And then there is that rumor that Shanahan would have drafted Tannehill over RG3 -
      http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/22/report-sort-of-shanahan-wanted-to-stay-put-for-tannehill/

      Shanahan will be fired tomorrow, but you can bet he won't be out of work for long. Miami makes a compelling argument as to where he will land.

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    4. Shanahan lost his last 7 games.

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    5. Yea, but I'm not sure anyone can pin Washingtons failures on him. When the guy who signs the paychecks is a locker room cancer, then there is nothing the coach can do. Shanahan was in a powerless situation and should be judged accordingly.

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    6. You could be right about Snyder

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  3. Hey Carl, we need to hire Denny Green. He knows how to evaluate talent. For the record Carl; I told you; I even GUARANTEED YOU that if Tanne-Henne started, that we would loose the game! He retards the whole offense. Matt Moore would have blew the Bills and the Jets out in the FIRSTHALF! Just as I said, Tannehiccup gets to put a cap on our season today and he did. I am SICK!

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  4. Hey Carl, we need to hire Denny Green. He knows how to evaluate talent. For the record Carl; I told you; I even GUARANTEED YOU that Tanne-Henne started, that we would loose the game! He retards the whole offense. Matt Moore would have blew the Bills and the Jets out in the FIRSTHALF! Just as I said, Tannehiccup gets to put a cap on our season today and he did. I am SICK!

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  5. Hey Carl, we need to hire Denny Green. He knows how to evaluate talent. For the record Carl; I told you; I even GUARANTEED YOU that Tanne-Henne started, that we would loose the game! He retards the whole offense. Matt Moore would have blew the Bills and the Jets out in the FIRSTHALF! Just as I said, Tannehiccup gets to put a cap on our season today and he did. I am SICK!

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    1. You were right Dave. I truly hate to admit it.
      How Tannehill misses Wallace so much is beyond me.

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    2. Is Dennis Green still coaching?

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  6. I know how he misses Wallace so much. You see, Tannehill does not like Mike Wallace. In one game Tannehill grossly under threw Mike Wallace and also threw the ball out of bounds when Wallace was wide open for an easy touchdown. I hope philbin's foolish pride causes him to get the boot and he needs to take Tannehill with him. Philbin and Tannehill has hurt the dolphins nation severely. I do not know if they will recover from this disappointment. Only a change at head coach and quarterback will bring back the dolphin nation in full force again. We had both games in our hands; win either one and we would have been in the playoffs. Philbin should have saw enough in the Buffalo game, to know that Matt Moore was the guy to go with. Everyone knew it; especially the defense; which is why they could not get fired up for the game. The whole team knew that they were in trouble with Tannehill.

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    1. Alright David, now you have gone too far.
      Tannehill didn't miss Wallace because he didn't likr him personally. That is just rediculous to suggest any athlete would purposely cause his team to lose by not performing well to spite a teammate.
      The defense was not flat because Matt Moore wasn't starting.
      Please make sure your windows are closed because I would hate to hear you got busted for smoking whatever is in your pipe.

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