What The Heck Was Going on in the Pats Game?

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The Dolphins loss to the Patriots 27-24 summed up emotions for this season all in one game — frustration!  The Dolphins went up 17-0 at halftime.  They dominated, I mean really dominated the Patriots in the first half.  Dominated them to the point where the New England fans booed Mr. Wonderful, Tom Brady, off the field at halftime — by the way, a classless act.

At one point in the first half, Brady only completed 3 out of 12 passes and had been sacked 3 times.  I was pumped seeing Brady sacked, shaken, and stirred.  Wes Welker was even dropping passes.  And, New England could not run the ball worth a damn.  On offense, the Dolphins moved the ball well with Reggie Bush and Matt Moore looking like world beaters.

However, in the second half, a different New England team showed up … and … a different Dolphins team showed up.  I wound up screaming at the TV wondering “what the heck was going on?”

Here are some thoughts that really drove me nuts in that game:

1).  Where in the heck was Paul Soliai when Tom Brady QB was sneaking for two TDs and three first downs?  The Dolphins are paying this guy $12.38 million this year to play NT and stop plays like this.  Was he taking a break to eat a six pack of tacos — on or off the field?  Believe it or not, Drew Brees only received $7.4 million this year.  Soliai isn’t even worth $1.2 million in my book!

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Topics: Brandon Marshall, Brian Daboll, Brian Hartline, Brian Waters, Chad Pennington, Davone Bess, Jason Taylor, Jeff Ireland, Kevin Burnett, Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, NFL, NY Jets, Paul Soliai, Reggie Bush, Stephen Ross, Tom Brady, Tony McDaniel, Vernon Carey, Wes Welker

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  • Lespaul

    We didn’t apply pressure as much or as efficiently as in the first half, plus the two TE sets with motion that NE ran in the second half confused Miami so they didn’t blitz the safety like they did in the fist half. NE made adjustments and Miami didn’t. Plus Moore and the Oline sucked in the last 5 minutes of the first half and pretty much the whole second half. I didn’t think Moore could handle the pressure of having to WIN a game, but he did drive the team to a last minute score. Should have gone for the onside kick given how well Brady was playing in the second half. Onside is iffy, but a straight away kick just gives the ball right back to Brady. Would have liked to see if Moore could drive for a winning score. One more game for Moore to prove his right to start next year.

  • nfl_annie

    Please read my post from yesterday @nfl-annie.com called “Matt Moore the answer is blowing in the wind”, it talks about another problem in the Patriots game. The post before that is also about Matt Moore. I think someone is helping him behind the scenes that you mentioned in your post.

  • nfl_annie

    By the way, I think Matt Moore is terrific!

  • mcordova933

    brian waters signed to patriots in the offseason, not during the season. He proly didnt want to go to the fins, so he signed to the Pats who actually win and give him a chance at a ring.

  • Lespaul

    @nfl_annie Not that I think Moore is a bad QB, but given what I have seen against good teams? He isn’t it….not the guy to take this team to a championship. Look at the QBs who have won the last 4 superbowls…is Moore in that class? Nope..

  • nfl_annie

    @Lespaul@nfl_annie Moore was the most significant reason Miami won any games at all this year. The team around him isn’t Super Bowl caliber, so it is ridiculous to compare Matt to Aaron,Drew,Tom and Eli with the team he had around him. The league was laughing at the Dolphins with Henne in there. They are not laughing at Moore. In fact, two former quality qbs that were on broadcasts, commented on how talented Moore is. I tend to agree with them. The “pro-bowl” receiver needs to catch more than 1 in 8 key passes and the “high draft picks” that are supposed to keep the pocket clean, might want to do their jobs. Oh and fix the botched snaps as well!

  • Lespaul

    @nfl_annie the real reason the Dolphins have been winning is because of the defense, not because Moore was so stellar. That said, he has played better than Henne, but not good enough to win a game. Had Moore been able to actually hit an open receiver in the Dallas game we would have won. He is extremely inconsistent and doesn’t seem to grasp the concepts of coverage. I mean really? He called a time out in the Dallas game when the SS cheated up on Fasano on a simple 3 wide formation. When the SS didnt follow the motion, Moore freaked out. I know this is his first year with the team and is still trying to figure things out, but that was elementary coverage. I do think he should compete for the start next year, but if Miami doesn’t draft another QB, then they are just shooting themselves in the foot. The defense is playing better and had only allowed an average of 16 points per game up til New England. Botched snaps are on the QB and center…the center always gets the blame, but Moore needs to have better communication with the line in general. Moore also needs to hang on to the ball….he has fumbled at least once per game. Not always his fault, but most have been. He hangs on to the ball to long and needs to start targeting someone other than Marshal…for reasons you have stated. No doubt, though, Moore has been the best Miami has seen since Pennington, but he lacks the experience, vision and decision ability of Pennington.

  • nfl_annie

    @Lespaul No one is a bigger fan of Pennington than I am. I watched him from the beginning, but I see Matt as having the ability to learn to be the kind of qb that Penny is. Matt is capable of learning. You got the 11-year veteran in Pennington. Yes Matt doesn’t have that experience, but I have seen him improve and learn each week. His passes, aside from the wind interference in NE, have been very accurate. He does target others, I prefer him passing to the more sure-handed tight ends, but I think there is pressure on him to throw key passes to Marshall. I think Marshall is unreliable, but he’s the star. Many of those passes Marshall missed could have been caught by Fasano or Clay and more games would have been won. But I see Matt as a young Pennington with lots of upside and with the proper guidance, which I think he’s starting to get, you’ll see a very capable guy! I’ve noticed a lot of positive development in how he reads the field, moves in the pocket to buy time and some really fantastic passing, whether it’s his touch passes or throws into tight spaces, there’s timing and finesse. I think we’ve seen enough progress to show him some support!

  • Lespaul

    @nfl_annie Annie, pls note…i think Moore has played better than anyone Miaminhas had recently, but he is not accurate. He still misses waaaay too many open receivers. Good thing the dolphins receivers can make aerobatic catches cuz hitting guys in the numbers/hands is something that has escaped Moore. If he continues to learn anything he should learn that. Moore has fumbled the ball 15 times with 7 lost….that’s awful. Some of those can be attributed to a poor Oline, but he just flat out dropped one in the loss to Phylly. Fumbled twice to Dallas…both losses. However, he doesn’t seem to throw into coverage and that’s a good thing. Like I have said before, stick with Moore if you want to win a few more games than last year, win a championship with a young QB that you can groom into the next Brady or Marino.

  • nfl_annie

    Don’t know what games you are watching. Moore has terrific touch and accuracy. All I have heard from the announcers of the games from Sims to Gruden is how well thrown the balls are and should have been caught. More a problem with the receivers. Moore is accurate, receivers on good teams catch those balls!

  • Lespaul

    @nfl_annie True enough, the receivers have faled him when he does actually hit them in the hands. Not sure I have ever heard ANYONE call Moore accurate. If so, he would have a much better completion percentage….and it’s not ALL the receivers fault. Didn’t you see Marshal’s leaping catch on his post route TD? How about Brian’s diving catch? Which if thrown accurately would have been a TD. Nough of that, though, I do agree that Moore should be given the opportunity to COMPETE for the starting job next year. Miami really should consider getting RGlll or some other rookie stud to groom into the starting QB position. You are so high on Grudens comments? Google what he thinks of Robert Griffen.

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