Thursday, October 10, 2013

AFC East Offensive Line Rankings

They say that football games are won in the trenches so lets take a look at how we stack up against our foes in the division after the first 5 games.

Bills: Rank 3rd in Rushing...178 Attempts for 763 Yards for a 4.29 yd avg and have given up 15 Sacks

Jets: Rank 8th in Rushing...147 Attempts for 610 Yards for a 4.15 yd avg and have given up 18 Sacks

Pats: Rank 11th in Rushing...140 Attempts for 582 Yards for a 4.16 yd avg and have given up 11 Sacks

Dolphs: Rank 28th in Rushing...95 Attempts for 348 Yards for a 3.66 yd avg and have given up 24 Sacks

The Bills have carried the ball almost twice as much as we have so they have obviously made a commitment to it and are seeing the results because of that commitment.  The Bills are creating a physical enviornment by running the ball over 35 times per game.  They are eating up yards and the time of possession. 

The Jets have been trying to protect Geno Smith from making costly mistakes and are averaging close to 30 carries a game.  Geno Smith is playing better now but they should still continue to pound the ball and try to win with a strong defense.

The Pats line is really good.  I remember watching them in preseason and seeing Brady just standing there for minutes with no one near him.  The pocket was incredible.  And still is.  They have only given up a total of 11 Sacks, of which 4 occurred in last weeks loss to Cincinnati.  Brady was sacked only 7 times in the previous 4 games.  And they are running the ball well enough to average over 4 yards per carry.  Their O line is their best unit on their team.

Our Dolphs need to commit more to the run as 95 attempts just isn't going to produce the needed results.  When you average less than 20 attempts per game, how can any offensive line expect to get into a rhythm. We are basically running the ball about 4-5 times per quarter.  That's it. 

Regardless of our production, we still have to pound it in there to protect Tannehill from being teed off on.  And when we have the ball 3rd and 1, can we, at the very least, get Daniel Thomas on the field to pound it in the A gap.  Mike Pouncey and Richie Incognito should be able to get us one damn yard.     

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971   

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Waa waa waaaaa

Miami's bid for superbowl LII was rebuffed.  Finalists were announced today, and Miami - and Tampa (who also submitted a bid) - were excluded.

...and that of course leads to the redoubling of effort to get the old ballpark renovated.  Said one of the peeps (superbowl host committee president): “This nonvote in my opinion has a resounding effect....Hopefully we can convince enough people to let the voters decide.  I think time, and hopefully a winning team, will change things.”

I'll leave the puns on winning teams to all of you.  (smirk)
And the new CEO also got in on it: “We’re obviously disappointed that our effort to bring the Super Bowl back to South Florida wasn’t successful.  We’ve had 10 Super Bowls here because it’s an ideal market to host big events, but we’re now facing more intense competition from multiple modernized facilities. We will continue to work hard to attract big events — and their corresponding economic impact and job creation — to the state of Florida.”

First things first, about the politics as it stands.  The fact that Tampa AND Miami were excluded is the equivalent of the NFL thumbing its nose at the state.  The state of Florida rebuffed the Dolphins and Bucs in getting dollars for improvements, and as a result they won't consider a superbowl bid.  So until the 'climate' changes there will be no bids even considered.

Its a political game with the taxpayers in the state held hostage in the deal.  Nice.

Now on the broader point of there being an economic impact:  I've argued often that this is debatable. And the job creation comment is nonsense.  Where exactly do those come from?  The throngs of unpaid volunteers who work at the event?  

The argument is laughable....

No Time to Panic

In preseason, we all felt we would make the playoffs if we finished a tough 5 game opening stretch 3-2.  Well, we did just that.   And, we know that our O-Line is the weakness of our team - by far.

New England and Indianapolis have worked around weak O-lines, why can't we?

 Personally, we could have avoided the bull-rush attack with a little left and right roll-outs.  Tannehill throws well on the run.  At least a quarter of the pass plays should include Ryan's legs.

I still believe we will win our division.   I know we are a better team than the Jets and the Bills - I have no doubt.   I think we are much closer to the Patriots.  If we would played them that second game, we would have won.

Keep this in mind, every team we just played will have a winning record at the end of the season - and we went 3 and 2 against.   I'm happy.  When we play well, we can beat anybody.   When we play average, we can win those also.   It is tough to win in the NFL when we play poorly.  We might get away with that against Jags, but not many others. 

Why the coaching staff did not coach the players during the game is befuddling.   When LBs can bull-rush a 300+ lineman repeatedly, it is technique, nothing else.  

Coaches do your job!!!

Coach Sherman, you get one more game.  If I see another sweep inside the 20 yard line (when we need 2 yards or less), I will personally start a campaign to replace you.   In the mean time Coach Philbin, if Mike goes awry against the Bills, please take charge of the play calling.   Or, let the players do it.  They have a better feel for it than Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman.

Overall, good job team - this is a marathon.   Get healthy and get back to playing winning football - the way you did against the Colts.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Off field news

Here are a couple of nuggets that have next-to-nothing to do with the team's play:

  • If you didn't hear, Stephen Ross quietly extended the contract of Jeff Ireland this offseason.  I guess that means Ross thinks he's doing a good job?
  • The team and Superbowl host committee submitted a bid to get SB 52 in Miami.  You can rest assured that there will be new talk about renovating the 'clunker of a stadium' any day now.
  • To the end, the team reportedly hired former Miami-Dade Mayor Alex Penelas to consult with the team.  The assumption is that he will work on 'community relations' to help broker a deal in the local community.  The story goes that Penelas (who was often referred to by one-time talk-show host Neil Rogers as "Mayor Pinga Pequeña") is better qualified to handle local issues than Mike Dee ever was. After all, Penelas is a local, Dee was an outsider. 

Monday, October 07, 2013

Our O Line Blows!!!

I am sorry but there is just no other way to say it.  And that's being kind.

They cannot run block.  They cannot pass block.

Tannehill is being swarmed at such a record pace he must feel like he is a High School Freshman on the Varsity scout team.  "Just drop back and let our starters rip your head off.  It builds character kid."

Somethings gotta give.  Somebody has gotta go.

Either a starter or two or a coach or two.  This is rediculous.

For weeks Philbin has said we will get this corrected.  Well when?  In next year's draft.

Obviously, either someone doesn't have the talent to play or someone doesn't have the talent to coach.

Which is it already???

The status quo is not working!!!

Lead, follow or get out of the way.  Somebody better take charge of that unit.  And do it now.

We are running out of bye weeks and soon enough QBs.

We have two weeks to get a grip on this and not let go.  Somebody better get their ass in gear or the promise of a great season could turn into a train wreck before we know it.

Despite their poor play, we could actually be 4-1 right now.  We had a chance to win that game yesterday.

Carl Leone
Dolfan since 12/25/1971