I am starting to worry now.
I know there are going to be missteps along anyone's growth path at any endeavor they attempt to be successful at.
And those missteps come with growing pains.
I believe that NFL head football coaches need and deserve at least 4 years to implement their system.
And if they do not show signs of success in that allotted time then maybe they just aren't good enough yet.
I am still willing to give Coach Philbin his four years to not get in the way of this team's growth.
Yes, I am sure he has been a tremendous benefit to this Dolphin's team.
But he still, for the life of me, makes me wonder if he truly gets how to manage a game.
Philbin not only needs to have his fingers on the play calling but also on the pulse of the emotions and momentum of a game that can turn success into failure so quickly you wonder what the hell just happened and how did we get to this point.
With 12:15 left in the second quarter, Brent Grimes picks off a pass and we set up shop at the Washington 21 yard line. We all remember that.
Up to that point in the game Washington had run 30 plays on offense with a total time of possession of 14 1/2 minutes. We ran 10 plays on offense with a time of possession of 3 minutes.
Hard to believe that we were only down 3 points. They were kicking our butts and we were down only 3 points.
Now here comes the kicker. Or lack there of.
After 3 plays and a gain of 9 yards we are faced with a 4th and 1 at the Washington 12 yard line.
Up to that point we had rushed the ball for 2 yards on 3 attempts.
Not block buster stats.
Three plays earlier, Tannehill had just missed a wide open Sims in the end zone that left our best blocking TE with what may very well be a concussion so he had to leave the game.
We just were not moving the ball that well and even if you convert any 4th and 1 there is still no guarantee that you will translate that success into a TD.
We just weren't moving the ball that well.
If I were the Redskins and I knew I was kicking our butts and with only 10 minutes left in the half I looked up at the scoreboard and saw a 3-3 tie, how would I feel?
What the hell is wrong with a 3-3 tie after getting whooped up and down the field.
Here is a second kicker. And this one involves the kicker.
Why not give your rookie kicker a chip shot for not only his first NFL career kick but also his first NFL career game tying kick?
What the hell is wrong with that?
Now your kicker, who can and did stroke his kick offs into the end zone for no returns, can put the Redskins on the 20 after a touch back and we got momentum on our side. In a 3-3 game.
Instead, we fail to gain a yard.
They hoot and holler their way off the field. We walk off heads down.
They go the length of the field. 10-0.
And I am shaking my head in disbelief.
I get it: sometimes you want to show you have confidence in your offense and so you go for it on 4th and 1. I do get that part of those decisions.
But sometimes you just out think yourself and leave valuable points on the field.
Ones we may need in the future.
A future that may or may not include Coach Philbin.
Dolfan since 12/25/1971