Words cannot describe the agony that was last night’s game. This was supposed to be a rebound game for the Dolphins, even though it was a short week. Let’s remember it was a short week for the Bills as well. Watching minute by minute (something I don’t often get to do living in New England) was almost painful as I screamed at the TV assuming Joe Philbin and Mike Sherman could hear me.
There is not much to be said about success from this game, however as painful as it was, there were a few encouraging moments (I know this seems impossible). The fact that the Bills offense walked up and down the field all night with no struggles was pathetic, but realizing that they did not once score a touchdown while doing so was nice. The redzone defense was outstanding last night. Especially after Sean Smith thought a pass interference call in the endzone would be a good idea.
Also it was nice to see a kick off getting run back for a touchdown, something we do not get to see often and only speaks to how the special teams have been one of the brighter spots this year for the Dolphins. Including Brandon Fields who is probably the best punter in football.
Nolan Carroll should be ashamed walking around Miami this weekend, because no defensive back in the league should be called on two pass interference calls in 4 plays ever. Even if you thought one of them might not have been pass interference he put himself in that position.
The topic of practice from now until November 25th should be very simple- Tackling. It is a fairly easy concept, your job on defense is to tackle. Don’t get me wrong, C.J. Spiller is a phenomenal running back, but he absolutely destroyed the Dolphins after contact.
What I cannot for the life of me figure out is the Dolphins gameplan. On first down run the ball no matter how little yards, on second down run the ball again yardage not important, finally on third down allow Ryan Tannehill to make something happen usually with a 3rd and 6 or more. How is he suppose to develop if you never allow him to throw on first down.
The entire game the Dolphins tried to run, each time being absolutely hammered by the Bills front seven. Only when there were less than ten minutes remaining in the game did Tannehill start throwing consecutively. Yes he threw 2 HUGE interceptions that inevitably ended the game, which is what rookies do, deal with it.
It is pretty obvious the Dolphins will not be a playoff team this year. That being said, why not hand Tannehill the ball and say go nuts. They have nothing to lose except a few more games. Allowing him to work out the kinks now as a rookie will probably do more than only trusting him to throw on third down or when the game is just about over.
Reggie Bush probably will not be here next year, Daniel Thomas is probably not a featured back, but Tannehill could be a stud quarterback so let’s see him throw a little bit. No matter the final record after week 17, the season will still have been a success if we can see a full year of both Joe Philbin coaching and Ryan Tannehill leading.