Mr. Ross ... The Time Has Come!

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The dust has almost settled on the Dolphins Monday Night Football loss to the Jets.  But, the hangover seems to continue with anger, frustration, and depression of fans and players alike.  In hindsight, it is hard to believe how flat and unmotivated the Dolphins were in the game.  What could have caused such a horrible performance?  Maybe, one of the worst many Dolphans have had to endure?  And, against the Jets of all teams!

Consider how the game started.  The Jets got the ball first.  They could only muster a mere 2 yards on a three and out series.  The Dolphins then got the ball on their own twelve yard line after a Jets punt.  First play was an exciting Reggie Bush 36 yard run — finally, the Reggie we all wanted to see.  Second play, Daniel Thomas rushes for one yard.  Third play, Matt Moore completes a short pass to Brandon Marshall, who runs over Darelle Revis for 8 yards — finally, the Beast we all wanted to see.  Fourth play, Matt Moore throws an incomplete pass to Clyde Gates.  Now, the Dolphins have a fourth and inches from the Jets 40 yard line.  The question is to attempt a 57 yard field goal or go for it to continue the drive.  So, fifth play of the drive, Dolphins punt.  PUNT?  WHAT?  Dolphins are 0 – 4, stopped the Jets on a three and out, got a 36 yard run from Reggie, Marshall runs over Revis, and Coach Tony Sparano decides to punt?  The decision showed no confidence in the offense to pick up inches.  The decision took the sails out of the momentum wind.  The coaching decision was gutless — shame on you Tony Sparano.  Why not send in Lou Polite to do his stuff?  Right?  Oh no, that’s not right!  We released Lou Polite before the season started.  The player personnel decision not to have Lou Polite on the roster to pick up the short yardage was stupid — shame on you Jeff Ireland.

That single gutless coaching decision seemed set the tone for the remainder of the game.  From then on, the players were flat and unmotivated.  Moore didn’t see two wide open receivers — one for a critical first down and one for a touchdown.  Marshall dropped a TD pass (again) and stumbled out of bounds on what should have been another TD.  The normally sure handed Brian Hartline dropped two passes.  The normally sure handed Devone Bess dropped one pass and fumbled another.  Five fumbles in total.  All this following the gutless coaching decision.  Think about this, would the Hooded Wonder of the North punted on fourth and inches from the opponents 40 yard line on the first drive of the game?  If he had, Brady might have drilled his next pass at the hood to send a message!

And, the poor coaching decisions did not stop there.

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  • dolfan486

    I am not too sure about Jeff Fisher. He seems like his glory days are behind him when he was unable to succeed at the end of his term in Tennessee. I would much prefer a Bill Cower or Jon Gruden if he was able to get out of his ESPN contract.

  • redteg02

    Agreed. I have long been on the “give Sparano time” bandwagon, but it has become obvious that he and his philosophy is far to conservative. So what DC$ has missed a few kicks. You have to let him kick within his range or you’re really telling him you don’t trust him. And if you don’t let DC$ kick, at least be because you have decided to take a chance. As a player I can imagine how hard it is to stay pumped up when your coach is coaching not to lose, again, and not to win.

    I would rather Fisher than Gruden by a long shot. Thank god Gruden just upped his contract on ESPN for the next 5 years. I’m not sure who I would rather have, Fisher or Cower. Or possibly an up and comer. Harbaugh seems to be doing well in SF. Maybe Ross wasn’t as crazy or stupid as we wanted to make him after his flirting with him.

  • abbeynormal

    Ref, I agree 100%. The team that had nothing to lose certainly did not play like it. I don’t understand playing it safe or conservatively when you’re 0-4 and going nowhere. Take some chances!!!!

  • mscout99

    @dolfan486 If you’re making me pick between Fisher and Gruden, I’ll take Fisher in a heartbeat. My opinion on Fisher (take it for what it’s worth) was that he was being run over by the front office and lost the players. Plus, when other teams were able to figure out VY before he went crazy, it was all over. VY was not a sustainable long term QB, but that was all Bud Adams. Gruden was a one year wonder, and the wheels came apart after that pretty darn fast.

    Cowher would be my ideal choice, but I don’t know if his heart is in it right now. If we can’t get Cowher, then I honestly don’t know which way to go. I sure as hell don’t have faith in Mike Nolan as a replacement, and I can’t say there’s any other coordinators waiting in the wings that impress me that much.

  • finsclubhouse

    Nice article!

    I think Sparano should have been fired before the season started. Stephen Ross mishandled the whole “Harbaugh” thing so badly, there is no way that Sparano would have been motivated to do a good job. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if deep down inside he loves the way things are going.

    I wrote this article on my blog that goes into more detail:

    But I’m not sure who I want to replace Sparano, but at this point, I’ll take just about anybody. There are alot of good candidates out there.

    Getting embarassed that badly on national T.V., I think I would prefer that the Bronco’s game was blacked out. The fewer people that see this debacle, the better!