Oct 6, 2013; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) drops back to pass in the first quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

Quick Thoughts At The Bye

As we all know, the Bye Week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Miami Dolphins. The aqua and orange were injury depleted on defense, the running back position needed tuning, and lets not even mention the offensive line.

At the same time, however, these are the same Dolphins we were praising after a fast 3-0 start. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown positives and even Mike Wallace has shown flashes (when he’s not dropping the ball, that is). Tight end Charles Clay has been a surprise bright spot for Miami and Clay has developed into a legitimate weapon. Wide receiver Brian Hartline remains a beacon of consistency — except for a critical drop in the game against Baltimore — but that aside he has been a safe (and comfortable) target for Tannehill.

I’m breaking my own rule and mentioning the offensive line. It is imperative that this team find a combination at the line of scrimmage that works. Head coach Joe Philbin has maintained that the team is “happy with the players we have,” but clearly that won’t work. Get it together boys!

On the defensive side of things, the bad hasn’t been nearly as ugly, but the injuries are crippling this team. Going into the season we thought this squad had depth had linebacker and along the offensive line, but no one expected those guys to be the starters. There’s no question that Derrick Shleby has had some very bright spots, but this was not a unit expected to field Jonathan Freeny and Jelani Jenkins on third down. Its critical this team gets healthy and fast because when healthy the defense is a legitimate threat to other teams

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  • gofins60

    The defense has pretty much been carrying this team, even though they were missing starters. Hopefully, they’ll get some of those guys back for Buffalo. The offense is a huge problem, and Philbin has maintained that he’s going with the same starting o-line. The line can’t block; although on occasion Tannehill has barely enough time to throw a few passes for scoring drives. The running game is terrible, and too many drives are stalled due to the inability to convert 3rd and short. Sherman won’t change his playcalling/schemes to help the running game… he just abandons it. If I remember correctly, Philbin said that in his offense short passes actually take the place of runs.

    I doubt that anything will be done over the bye to fix the problems because the coaching staff is the main problem! The players can’t properly execute the blocking schemes or offense, so instead of making changes to the schemes to better fit the players Sherman just ignores the problem and keeps doing the same thing over and over. I don’t like Sherman, or his offense. Granted, this coaching staff’s offense may be good in theory, but on the field it looks like garbage. And, someone other than Sherman should be calling plays; he needs to retire. They don’t have the type of personnel needed to run their offense, and it could take years to replace most of the roster. Philbin and Sherman’s new offense is so different from previous regimes that it would be quicker and easier to replace the coaching staff than most of the roster. The only reason that Miami is 3-2 is due to players like Tannehill, Clay, and a few others on offense who made big plays even though the odds (and playcalling) were against them. They finally have a QB and some WRs to build an offense around, so IMO the best thing Mr. Ross can do for his team is to bring in a new coaching staff with a new offense that wants big, strong o-linemen and a good running game to go along with Tannehill and his WRs.

    • joe

      i like your complements but if you look back last year team we all knew we needed weapons, offense of find ans secondary and linebackers there is no way we could fix that all in 1 off season(yes i know this was the 2nd but they had to learn about the team) and we fixed linebackers and a nice cb, and we have weapons i do agree th-ow why not move the pocket at times. my thought this off season number 1 thing is to fix the line and the draft get a safety and some nice depth

      • gofins60

        I realize that rebuilding a team takes time, but it’s hard to be patient after so many years of losing. You’re right that they can’t upgrade the roster in one or two years, but at least they now have some talent which IMO is why they’re 3-2 and not 0-5.

        However, I stand by my opinion that the most important thing to do for the offense is to get a new coaching staff, for 2 big reasons:

        1. Philbin/Sherman want a passing-based offense, and Wallace is to be their #1 WR. Great idea. But, the QB needs time to scan the field for open receivers, and Wallace needs time to go deep and get open. To do this you need an o-line that is at minimum average, and the coaching staff either decided that this line was good enough, or that they could put off fixing the line until next year. This line (most of them) was good enough under the old scheme, but not the new scheme. They knew before the season started that the linemen didn’t quite fit their system, but they made no changes to the scheme. And, waiting until next year to fix the line has led to no running game, too many stalled drives, and a QB who is soon to be on Injured Reserve.

        2. Sherman’s playcalling is horrible. The formations aren’t exactly hard for the defense to figure out and defend. The fact that he keeps calling the same slow-developing outside sweep on a 3rd or 4th and short proves that he has no business calling plays.

  • George A Avant Jr.

    You’d think with all the injuries, they could get Jordan, the third pick in the draft, on the field more. Especially since he’s killin’ it on the handful of plays he’s allowed to participate in. But noooooooooooooooo.