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  • Same old Dolphins? I don't think so..

    I da homer sees that stink bomb of a performance as the glass half full - as usual lol.. Here's why..

    Tannehill didn't play well, he missed some wide open WR's, he made two very poor decisions, both potentially costing us TD's. One on the throw to Landry at the 3 for a 7 yard loss, and one for taking that sack that resulted in a fumble. He also had two terrible throws that should have and could have been picks, and potentially pick sixes. So there's that.. But... What he did do is something we've hammered him for in the past. He drove down in under 2 minutes and got us a TD before the half. Some great throws and good decisions on that drive. Lastly we came back from a 10 zip deficit and won the game. Something he has failed to do in the past, win it in the 4th qtr.

    The offense in general and especially the run game sucked in the first half. But.... When we needed to control the ball, and the clock with under 5 minutes we did exactly that. We ran the ball down their throats in the second half, especially in the 4th qtr. We held the ball and got a crucial 3rd and long on a running play no less to seal the win and make sure the Skins did not get another opportunity. Something we failed to do so many times before.

    The defense played terrible in the first half but... They didn't allow anything in the second half. They shut out the Redskins, and actually stopped them in the red zone late in the 4th qtr to get the ball back to the offense and help seal the deal. Again, something they failed to do last season on multiple occasions.

    At the end of the day I could care less about the opponent and what the score should have been. A win is a win, and a road win is never a given. We played poorly and still won the football game. We overcame some tough penalties and even tougher no calls on the offensive PI's Reed was never called for. We made adjustments at half that actually worked on both sides of the ball, another issue last season. So as easy as it is to pick apart Tannehill, the offensive line, the defense, the coaching, etc.. I think we showed some grit and heart and played through some not so great moments to beat a team on the road. That is not all that bad.

  • #2
    "What he did do is something we've hammered him for in the past. He drove down in under 2 minutes and got us a TD before the half. Some great throws and good decisions on that drive"

    Because you think RT was calling the plays at that point??? Just wondering how after 28 mins we couldn't do squat, then in the 2 min O we scored......

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Seadog View Post
      "What he did do is something we've hammered him for in the past. He drove down in under 2 minutes and got us a TD before the half. Some great throws and good decisions on that drive"

      Because you think RT was calling the plays at that point??? Just wondering how after 28 mins we couldn't do squat, then in the 2 min O we scored......
      Does Tannehill call the plays in the two minute offense? If so he did a good job on that drive. We did move the ball for the most part. Getting stuffed on 4th and short in the redzone in the first half, and then getting sacked and fumbling in the second half - both of those drives should have resulted in points. No doubt the offense needs work, but it did look good during some stretches.

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      • #4
        Good to see you posting, Homer. Optimism never hurt anyone, right.

        I just wanted to let you know that my plate is empty. It's week one and I am hungry but my plate is empty. There is no crow being served just yet, my friend. Hopefully this season will be the season that I have a Thanksgiving sized feast of crow but after week one's performance, it looks like I may have to become a vegan.

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        • #5
          I agree with you IdaHomer. When we did flash, I thought it was so apparent how superior we were to them. There is some definite clean up work to do, especially with our defensive front seven. Overall, I felt like we had a really terrible practice and still beat the Redskins on the road. We know after last year, the Jaguars are going to bring a running game that will hit us from all angles and a defensive front that will present some serious challenges.

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          • #6
            I knew that we would squeak by and wouldn't be surprised that we do it again next week. It's like we need the torture or we can't sleep good. I think that we will surprise many this year and still see 12/13 wins.
            The deeper the roots, the higher the reach.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by DolphinsFreak View Post
              Good to see you posting, Homer. Optimism never hurt anyone, right.

              I just wanted to let you know that my plate is empty. It's week one and I am hungry but my plate is empty. There is no crow being served just yet, my friend. Hopefully this season will be the season that I have a Thanksgiving sized feast of crow but after week one's performance, it looks like I may have to become a vegan.
              Freak, I definitely agree there is a lot to clean up. The fact that we pulled a close game out when we played poorly is the only positive I see. While a blowout would have made all of us feel better, as a former coach (little league lol), I will tell you that many times a team will get better after a win like yesterday versus a blow out win. We were forced to play under some level of stress and we were forced to win a game we easily could have lost. We over came two TERRIBLE penalties on Taylor that resulted in first downs when we would have forced a punt. We overcame what I thought was an obvious offensive PI on Reeds TD catch. We overcame a terrible defensive scheme to stop the run in the first half. We overcame Tannehill doing his best impression of Garo Yeprimian on the sack fumble. So while I would have liked to see a 49 to zip game where everything was perfect, there will be plenty of film to show what needs cleaning up as we proceed to next week.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Idahomer View Post
                At the end of the day I could care less about the opponent and what the score should have been. A win is a win, and a road win is never a given. We played poorly and still won the football game ... I think we showed some grit and heart and played through some not so great moments to beat a team on the road. That is not all that bad.
                These 2 statements I like.

                That said, I hope this team went back and burned all the press clippings and positive crap from PS and realizes that we beat a bad team with lesser talent and that those will be few and far between here on out. Lazor and Coyles have too much talent at their disposal not to get better results. Now let's get to 2-0.

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                • #9
                  I have to agree with Homer here, we played absolutely terrible and still managed to win.

                  First Half:
                  The only person who showed up to play defense in the first half was Reshad Jones. The tackling was horrendous and the defensive line scheme looked like it was drawn up by a 3rd grader. Add to that the the O line was getting absolutely no push which resulted in the Phins failing to convert on 3rd and 1 AND 4th and 1. (who the hell runs off damn tackle to Albert's side on 4th and 1?!?!!?!? that had to be one of the dumbest play calls I have ever seen...). Also that Jordan Reed TD was pass interference, no question, Jones goes down right as Reed jumps with both hands on Jones' shoulders? That is P.I. plain and simple. Then Tannehill puts together a great drive and they end the half with a TD.

                  Second Half:
                  They come out and the offense looks solid, picking up right where they left off with the quick TD before half and Matthews drops an easy pass for a 1st with open field in front of him. Next play the fumble... which appeared to knock everyone out of rhythm again until the 4th quarter... at which point Landry put the team on his back. In the end getting the win was all that mattered.

                  Other notes:
                  It was absolutely embarrassing that nobody could cover Garcon in the first half, he aint that good!
                  Just let Suh be Suh, I don't understand why you would change what Suh does to fit your dumb ass scheme, YOU BUILD YOUR SCHEME AROUND SUH!
                  The entire defense needs a remedial tackling class. The linebackers and corners at the local middle school tackle better than us.
                  I was really happy to see them go for it on 4th and 1 early. The play call was unfathomably stupid, you run off tackle behind a guy with 1 leg? There are no words....
                  How the hell did Sims manage to knock himself out on that dive? Watched it 5 times and was still confused.
                  I was ok with the Offensive play calling for the most part. Could have been better, definitely could have been worse though
                  The defensive calls were absolute trash. It was exactly the same as preseason except more poorly executed. I was hoping to see so much more



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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Idahomer View Post

                    Freak, I definitely agree there is a lot to clean up. The fact that we pulled a close game out when we played poorly is the only positive I see. While a blowout would have made all of us feel better, as a former coach (little league lol), I will tell you that many times a team will get better after a win like yesterday versus a blow out win. We were forced to play under some level of stress and we were forced to win a game we easily could have lost. We over came two TERRIBLE penalties on Taylor that resulted in first downs when we would have forced a punt. We overcame what I thought was an obvious offensive PI on Reeds TD catch. We overcame a terrible defensive scheme to stop the run in the first half. We overcame Tannehill doing his best impression of Garo Yeprimian on the sack fumble. So while I would have liked to see a 49 to zip game where everything was perfect, there will be plenty of film to show what needs cleaning up as we proceed to next week.
                    I don't like hypocrites so I do NOT want to be one. Did the Patriots beat the Steelers OR did the Steelers play so poorly that they beat themselves? Well, most would say that the Steelers lost that game because they beat themselves by not making plays that they should have.

                    That is how I feel about the Redskins. I think the Redskins lost that game more so than the Dolphins won that game. How many Tannehill passes did the Redskins defense drop? How many easy plays did the Redskins blow that they should have made?

                    It was an UGLY win but I agree with you that this ugly win should inspire this Dolphins team to practice harder and play harder next week. Let's just hope they don't play down to the Jags level and make this game close too.

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                    • #11
                      I haven't seen much written about it, but it's noteworthy that later in the game Zach Vigil got a lot of playing time. He and Sheppard ended up with the same number of plays....and Vigil held his own pretty well (not even counting the block that sprung Juice for the winning TD). Given time to develop, we might have found a winner with "Braveheart"...

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