Well it was rough day for the Dolphins. To be honest I was worried about this game from the start because Buffalo was going to be playing on such an emotional day. The biggest things from a game like this is to learn from mistakes. I thought rather than write yet another summary of the game I would touch on the top issues I see the team needing to address if they want to get back to winning.
Short Yardage – Phillbin or Lazor need to draw up better short yardage plays. I can understand running from the shotgun in 3 and 2 or 3rd and 3 but the team needs to prepare a power formation that is nearly impossible to stop from getting a yard. – They have had trouble with this since Phillbin has been the coach and it is time to get it corrected. Put a lineman at full back and run the William Perry offence if you need to. In my opinion the dolphins running the read option from the shotgun when the buffalo brought everyone up on 4 and 1 was foolish. You DO NOT run east and west on 1 yard to go plays.
Have the team more prepared for hostile stadiums that are loud. I know the game was rocking and it is hard to play in Buffalo, but that is how EVERY playoff game is. There were at least 4 to 5 times I saw Satele trying to call out the blocking assignments while Tannehill was clapping for the ball. That means either they play is coming in to slow or they are not getting in and out of the huddle fast enough. Everytime Tannehill has to start clapping you are telling the D-Line that is going to be quick snapped giving them a better jump.
Damien Williams has GOT to one cut and go. K Moreno looked terrific in the zone block scheme because he picks up where he was going quick makes his cut and goes. Williams was dancing too much. When you are playing a D-Line like Buffalo sometimes you are going to only get 1-2 yards and you come back with 2 and 9 or 2 and 8. You can’t dance and lose a yard making it 2nd and 11. I am hoping the coaches can help him out with that this week.
Tannehill has got to handle pressure better. Miami’s O-Line did better than they did last year. Yes Buffalo got to him at times but he played uncomfortable all game. He was forcing passes and it showed. He was off target on several passes. I think he is doing a good job knowing where to go. That is always the hardest thing with a young QB. But he was pushing and rushing throws in this game. You have to be able to stand in the pocket even when it is a smaller one. Again, if you want to win in the playoffs you have to be able to execute in adversity like this.
Get Landry on the field more – Rishard Mathews seems too slow to me and was targeted a lot in this game. I am not clear where Gibson is at compared to last year but Landry clearly is a play maker. Hartline, Wallace, and Landry need to be on the primary WRs on the field.