Jets Week is behind us and now its December and time for the cream to rise to the top.
As I see it, with four games left, we have 3 issues staring us in the face and if they don't correct these, we will wind up with only having the lowly Jets left on our schedule.
I don't believe we can win out unless these get corrected.
#1 Sturgis' inconsistency
When your offense drives 68 yards and sets you up for a 41 yard field goal off of a turf field with hardly a breeze and you miss it, we got problems.
Sturgis is 4 for 4 up to 29 yards. But from 30-39 and 40-49 he is 16 for 20. He is also 3 for 6 from 50 yards and beyond.
Let's focus on the 30-49 range which is where you need to be well over 90% to keep a job in the NFL. He is 8 for 10 in both 30-39 and 40-49. Currently, Sturgis is at 80%. That means he has missed 1 out of every 5 attempts.
And as we all know, how those 4 misses can come back to haunt you. Now, I am not talking about 54 yarders to tie a game. I am talking about routine 41 yarders to get you on the board and in the lead.
You know, the ones all good kickers drill right down the middle. Sturgis's kicks seem to sneak in just inside the upright.
Despite his ability to drill Kick Offs deep into the endzone, if we want to make the playoffs and actually win one playoff game, we may have to start trying out some kickers.
Pittsburgh's Heinz Field is not an easy place to kick in. The wind coming in from the open end can play havoc with any kicker, however, if Sturgis blows another kick there less than 45 yards, I am sorry, but it is time to cut our losses and get another kicker in for a try out.
We just cannot afford to run this risk any longer.
#2 Cannot Gain A Yard Running The Ball When We Need To
I don't know the exact numbers right now, but we are absolutely pitiful trying to get a stinking yard for either a first down or a touchdown by running the ball.
We are not carrying a pure fullback on our roster which may be the problem. I know about how running the ball is all attitude but sometimes instead of using an H-back in motion, how about putting another guard at fullback and let him plow into the line ahead of the tailback.
I believe we will need to address this issue with the draft unless a tough running S.O.B. becomes available. In the meantime, lets go with a "Fridge" type of formation instead of our styrofoam cooler type of formation we currently use to complete failure.
I know I am striking a nerve here with a lot of Dolfans but I am starting to wonder now about his future.
Does he has the size and arm strength you want in a QB? Absolutely!
Plus he can run like the wind too.
So what's the problem? First of all we are in week 14 about to play our 13th game and he still hasn't hit Wallace or Hartline deep and IN STRIDE once. Not once!
He either over throws them or under throws them. They either have to layout or make a circus catch to any ball thrown beyond 25 yards. And that's if they can even do that.
I cannot believe, for the life of me, that he hasn't dropped one ball in on them 40+ yards down the field that all they had to do was look up and catch it and then run like the wind.
One more issue with Tannehill, and this is more mental than anything, is hitting receivers when it matters most. He has driven us down field enough times especially before the half but he has also missed enough throws like the 2 glaring ones Sunday against the Jets.
Both on 4th downs, money plays. Hartline is open down the sideline and Tannehill under throws him. Clay is open in the endzone and he overthrows Clay. 14 points right there.
Against Baltimore or Buffalo, I forget which one, very late in the game, he had Hartline wide open on the left sideline for the game winner and over threw him.
I am starting to think that he may tighten up with these "Oh my gosh he's open" throws. In other words, he may be a choker.
Oh he is very good on the 8-12 yard slants, come backs, square out, sit downs, etc.
But with the deeper posts, flags and fly patterns he should be showing a lot more consistency. Well, consistency assumes you are at least doing it once.
He has hung receivers out to dry, ask Gibson. But mostly, just badly missing long targets and money plays.
Hell, Wallace was standing there wide open on his TD and Tannehill almost over threw him.
Now I know this is hard to hear after he just threw for 330 yards and 2 TDs. But we aren't gonna be playing teams with as bad a secondary as the Jets put out there on Sunday.
Cromartie was hobbled and Milliner just stinks. Ed Reed is well passed his prime.
I don't think we should start Matt Moore over Tannehill this season but if he doesn't start making these throws then we may need to start looking at drafting another QB and let Tannehill play wide receiver.
I like the kid. I do. He is a great face for the franchise. But we do need better production on deep throws and starting this sunday.
Please Ryan, drop ONE in the bucket.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971