The Miami Dolphins finished the first game with a 2 point loss against the Seahawks that was closer than many had predicted even Las Vagas betting lines. Although the Dolphins hung around most of the game Seattle was able to pull out the late win.
While the Miami Dolphins did leave a lot on the field it is time for Adam Gase and the rest of his staff to go over everything good and bad to learn and build on it much like what will follow here.
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Salt in the wounds: but this is a good starting point. This is about as sure as a 71 yard TD play you can not have by Kenny Stills.
Big saucer eyes.
One more angle and Tannehill hangs his head at the end. Who wouldn’t after placing it like that?
The way they lost the game looks the same however the way they hung in the game virus one of the top teams in the league was impressive. Most will leave out the intangibles of the big picture and gravitate toward a win lose scenario, while pining the blame on one player mostly the QB. If that was to happen with this game the scape goat would be Kenny Stills. Is a Drew Brees football placed perfectly in his hands in stride any different from the one he had dropped for what should have been a touchdown?
They call this “the 12th man” as in crowd noise that drowns out everything but overall the O-line did well.
Coaching: a few things stand out, mainly going for it on 4th down when in easy FG range, also the slow developing run play with Foster seemed ill-suited to something more conducive like a QB sneak when only a few inches are needed.
When you only have 31 seconds left in the game and need a score you make sure the returner downs the ball if in the end zone for a touchback to preserve the clock and get the ball on the 25.
“We’re playing to win. That’s what we’re going to do. So get used to it. We’re going for it on 4th down.” – Adam Gase
So it looks like more of this is to follow for up coming games.
"“I was even mad at myself because I felt like I should have went to what we ended up going to earlier in the game,” Gase said. “I kept talking myself out of it and (Tannehill) kept pressing me to get to basically what set up that drive with some of those plays, he kept pressing me to get to that stuff and I kept talking myself out of it. Then finally once I listened to him, then we marched the ball down the field. It was a great lesson for me as far as when he says to go to something, we’re going to go to it.” – Adam Gase on Better communication with Ryan Tannehill."
Points left on the field. Franks kicks this low and the stunts are also killing the special teams line that has James in the center blocking no one, Tunsil on the left blocking two defenders.
Still the same – (baby baby still the same) quoting Bob Seger now
What is it about this part of the field that makes players turn rancid? Does Adam Gase have to design special gadget plays just to get a score? Someone has to step up to get more points on the board if this is to be a winning season.
Option read not working
This is a carry over and nothing has changed. For the millionth time let me repeat this again, if the running game is not established this will not work, only after the fact in a game will this have a chance to work. You may as well scrap that play for misdirection plays or getting a player into space with protection. It is nice that Tannehill can audible but please coach Gase take that play away until some resemblance of a running game appears.
The last part falls into making things harder with play calling that just bleeds downs but Gase has stated he needs to follow his QB’s input more during the game. To reiterate the run game is lacking so adjust accordingly.
It wouldn’t be game without a Jordan Cameron drop he is not concerned with. Call it route running or ball placement as Tannehill has called it taking the fall for his TE. The bottom line is balls should not be bouncing off the receivers hands.
One good still the same aspect is vintage Arian Foster with these plays that helped to make Earl Thomas PFF’s worst rated safety.
Look at this move! Plant and go leaving Thomas bowled over with out hardly touching him.
Thomas finds the turf again as Foster puts yet another move on him for a big gain.
Drake, Hunter and Grey with just 1 snap each.
Not only should these players have been more involved with more snaps but also carries and targets.
Foster had 46 snaps, some of those snaps should have been distributed to Drake as he looked promising that final preseason game.
The TE’s have continued to look bad Jordan Cameron had 48 snaps while targeted just three times for six yards and a crucial drop again although not in the end zone this time. So why not get Grey involved?
Hunter was made active in this game for just one snap. Whats the point?
Grant was not used at all offensively despite having 83 total return yards.
These are all unproven players at the NFL level so it can be expected that they might not be called on when playing high level opposing teams but sometime you have to do what you have to do.
As past Dolphins great Csonka points out missed opportunities amounted to 13 points left on the field in a 71 yard sure TD pass missed (Stills) a missed FG (Franks, Tunsil, James) and not taking a FG early (Gase) and expect more of that last part, so the Dolphins must step up overall to account for it.
This same effort going against lesser teams should have a much greater outcome. At some points in the game the offensive line gave as much as 5 seconds to get a pass off however they gave up the most QB pressure at almost 50% according to Pro Football Focus.
Adam Gase is new to head coaching as is Ryan Tannehill having more control These two are working out communication on the field and things should be getting ironed out as this season progresses.