Saturday, August 18, 2018

I DID NOT REALIZE. Please Excuse My Ignorance to Current Events

When certain stories bother me in the news, I turn away from them.  The whole National Anthem debate bothered & confused me.  I made a point of ignoring anything related to it.  And I can see now that I pretty much made myself look/appear like  an ignorant idiot, if that's possible.
HONESTLY, as I ignored anything having to do with the issue, there was a part of me that thought it was losing steam/wearing out.  From the beginning I felt it was a huge misunderstanding. 
NOW, when I think about someone not standing for the National Anthem, or the American Flag, I think that person is uneducated, self-centered, taking advantage of a system/Country that enables that person to live the American Dream but having absolutely no respect for those that carved the way.
For you players that do not stand & do not honor our flag, I truly wish you would take the time to turn your TV channel to 570(DirecTV), Smithsonian channel.  Watch a few episodes of WWII, The Pacific in Color!!
Thank you to all the men & women that defend this Nation, allowing others to make millions playing games.  Why is school important?  


The Dolphins are known for penalties!  The ZEBRA's know it, and they look for it.  Surely you have heard a holding penalty could almost be called on every offensive play. 
I'm tired of blaming it all on our players.  If I went through and labeled each penalty for Carolina & Miami, you would notice a difference in the penalties!
Caroline 7-53
Miami 8-69
2 of Carolina's occurred back in Miami territory accumulating 30 yds. So 23 penalty yards remaining. I counted 3 false starts and one other 7 yard penalty.
Miami:  First 2 penalties occurred after Howard brought the ball to the 9. Then to the 5. Then to the 1, but a holding penalty taking place at the 6, so 10 yards to the 16. Another false start for 5 yards, and an off sides by Carolina to even it up. Scoring opp. blown.
Next Miami penalty driving into Carolina territory around 25-30 and they call offensive pass interference on a first down catch. Spoiled the drive.
Next, Carolina has ball & Miami needs to get off the field on 3rd & 8; Newton throws up a 20 yarder to Funches and they call Howard for touching his arm...or maybe he yelled at him, I wasn't that close.
Not sure what order these next plays come in because I am beginning to realize it is not just our players that are screwing up.  I got a slow motion review of this and it sure looks ......questionable to be polite. 
Carolina QB is sacked, fumbles & ball is coming toward sidelines past Allen & Zebra throws flag on Allen for an over 5-yard holding by a LB. No play, Carolina ball. If I ever get to see that again, 1) I bet I exaggerated that the ball was near or past Allen & the man he was defending, but it was clearly out of the QB's hands.  Who knows if it was a fumble or Incomplete pass, but the Zebra made sure.
33 yard gain by Perry erased by a holding call on the next penalty.
And again on another INT with the ball at the Carolina 12, AGAIN 2 PENALTIES are called against the Phins which bites into their confidence if they are ever gonna score a TD on a TO.
Call me sour grapes, whiner, what ever??  All I know is almost every penalty called against Miami meant something significant!!  NOT ONE PENALTY against Carolina meant anything except 2 calls deep in Dolphin territory that showed the ZEBRA's were on top of the new rules!!!
My point being that not one of the penalties against Carolina amounted to a hill of beans!!  Miami's penalties:  4 inside the opponents 10-15 yard line. A 21 yard gain & first down on another.  A penalty inside the 5 making it 1st & goal;  A QB fumble recovered & returned for a TD is a 5 yd holding on a LB well after the ball was gone.  A 33 yard run erased from a holding penalty. A 15 yard catch & 1st down is a offensive pass interference which you will get a grand total of maybe 115 in a year.
Per year an ENTIRE TEAM averages 3.66 in their 16 games, and of course the Dolphins get one in the second preseason game.
Whether consciously or unconsciously the ZEBRAs call the games against the Phins because that is what they expect!!  Do not believe me??  Ask any sports psychologist!!

Gase has got to start getting animated!!!  Maybe not in preseason, but by regular season he has got to HAVE A VOICE ON THAT SIDELINE!!!!! 

Of course there is another theory:  Last year we were the worst team with penalties.  Chances are the coaching staff is gonna be all over that and drills will be performed, practices will not end, other gut wrenching physical doings until it is done right.  My guess is they have been doing this procedure since the beginning.  And the result of that is the other theory:
They have learned nothing, and still make all the same mistakes.  This is the final group of football players that reach the pinnacle of their sport.  They are GREAT! PROFESSIONALS!!  They do not keep making the same mistakes!!  It's driven into them.

PS.  I thought Tann and the new receivers did very well.  Drake was good again.  The first team offense looked much better!  Defense.....I have wondered from day one if he is the man for the job.

And our punter is out of this world okay Carl??

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Defense Wins Championships??

When I come up with a topic I want to write about I never know if I heard something similar to it in the last week??  Bear Bryants quote: "Offense sells tickets, but defense wins championships," may still hold sway in the collegiate ranks?.?.?.
However, the NFL being a business has dropped this quote many moons ago, certainly if they believe it!!
The '86 Bears, the Ravens teams were controlled by Ray, especially when Dilfer was the QB.  Maybe some of the Giants teams, the Buccaneers.  But if you look at the list of QB's along side their winning teams, you can see the change!!
In the first days of the merger that quote makes sense & holds true.  Bart Starr, starting QB for Green Bay was drafted in the.....(??) 12th-16th round out of..."Wait for it,".."Wait for it,".. Alabama!  Coached by Bryant.  Drafted that deep you probably are  looking for a game manager.  Just what Lombardi wanted to run his power sweep.  Powerful defense to stop the ball & a power running attack to control the pace of the game.
Reason I looked into this was to see if any of the teams(last year, 2017-18) made use of the 2-point conversion.  What I found out, going by TD's, FG's, XP's & 2-PTs for total points for the season, Teams 1 thru 8 were as follows:
1) Ram's - 476; 0-2 pointers
2) Pat's - 458; 2-2 pointers
3) Eagles - 457; 6-2 pointers
4) Saint's - 448; 1-2 pointer
5) Jag's. - 417; 3-2 pointers
6) Chief's - 415; 0-2 pointers
7) Lion's - 410; 2-2 pointers
8) Steeler's - 404; 2-2 pointers
Out of those 8 teams; Top 4 seeded in AFC; Top 3 seeds in NFC, minus Vikings.  Between them, they converted 16 2-point conversions.  Between the other 24 teams in the NFL, 20-2-pointers were converted.
Whether that means the top scoring teams had better offenses creating higher confidence after TD's; or the score precipitated going for 2 instead of 1?  It's hard not to notice the team that won the SB had more than three times 2-point conversions over 30 teams, and two times more than the Jag's.
The NFL is a business, and the business of the NFL is to sell tickets......odd??  Same as Bear's opinion of the Offensive Unit!! 
Any bet's on the number of points or 2-point conversions next year??  Or do you think status quo will reign supreme & coaches will only chance a 2-pointer when that strange numbers strategy=to time remaining projects that you go for 2??  Or will Jerry be calling down to his coach telling him to line-up & give Elliot the ball, "The Fan's are yelling for him to get in there!!"