Tuesday, October 27, 2015

can it last?

Let me start here: I'm happy with two wins in a row!  Its a fun ride, and something we haven't seen in a while.  And you have to be delighted to see the guy who can't put his arms down making it work.

But there's something odd going on here.  The previous coach couldn't motivate his team, and they were averaging somewhere around 17 points a game.  And the new guy is getting them in the high 30s.  They're playing more enthusiastically, but its weird to see a team turn around that quickly.

You can attribute the Titans game to the bump you get from a new attitude. Campbell said all the right things.  He removed any references to Philbin.  He did the little things that can bring the emotion up.  And, yeah, they were playing the Titans.  They're an average team, made better by the new QB - who Vernon knocked out of the game.

But then this week was a pleasant surprise too.  The Texans aren't world beaters by any stretch, but a first half that huge?  I did a little googling, and found that the problems for the Texans are deep.  They are very flawed.  How flawed?


Written before the Dolphins game.  In some ways, a big offensive output wasn't unexpected. 

And then there's some dysfunction, especially at the top.  Clowney has issues.  The QB missed the team flight. The coach and the GM are fighting.  Those things together, and how they are handled, don't equal success in the NFL.

So I'll take the win - in the NFL any win is good - but I can't get too hyped up about this.  And with New England next up, there's a good chance it all comes crashing back down.

I guess stay tuned until Friday morning.
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Dan Cabell reminds me of Bill Cowher. Am I the only one?

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Wow, right on !
Bill Cowher Jr = Dan Campbell

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If Philbin were still the Head Coach and Coyle the DC, Houston would have easily won this game. Why? Even though Houston may be flawed, Coyle's style of defense (as seen in the first 4 games) would make Hoyer look like Marino. There is nothing aggressive about Coyle's defense; it's like he plays prevent throughout the entire game. On offense, Philbin wants short passes and rarely goes deep or runs the ball. Yes, Miami's big TD scores under Campbell were from short passes that the WR took to the end zone, but those would not be possible under Philbin. Philbin's offense was one-dimensional (quick, short timing route passes) and easily defended since there was no emphasis on the long ball or the running game. Defenses only had to cover maybe 20 yards or so, making it easy to contain the ball carrier. Campbell came in and made a commitment to the running game, which in turn opened up the passing game. Now, defenses must defend much more of the field which gives those WRs more space for yards after the catch.

I'm not saying that Miami has all of a sudden become a Super Bowl contender. My point is that under Philbin, the coaching staff and their schemes, playcalling, and philosophies were handicapping this team. If Joe were still the HC Miami would be 1-5 right now. All Cambell did was to say "screw that sissy stuff, we're going to run the ball and attack the QB" and now they're dominating teams that would have beat them with Philbin in charge.

Will it continue? Yes, but not as successfully because Philbin created too many holes on this team by getting rid of players who were too physical to fit Joe's wimpy style of play. If they continue what they're doing now and fill some holes over the offseason, then next year could be a real treat.

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"the new guy is getting them in the high 30"

No, the new guy is getting them into the low 40s. Margin of victory has been over 20pts per game. This week will be the toughest of the year, though. We'll see how the team responds.

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Cowher, yes. A couple weeks ago, I was saying the same thing. Not only does Campbell look like a young Cowher - down to the crazy eyes - but he seems to coach with the same intensity and style. Problem is, though Cowher could motivate, it took him over 10 years to win a championship. Lets hope Campbell does a better job.

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Think about this:
How bad did some of these players want Philbin gone?
How many tanked?

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Think about this:
How bad did some of these players want Philbin gone?
How many tanked?