The Miami Dolphins’ success on Sunday may come down to two players, Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle and Bill Belichick knows that.
We can tie the previous slides together here.
- Force Miami to beat the Patriots by running the ball
- Force Miami to overcome that by making Tua beat them under constant pressure
Now, it all starts and stops with Miami’s premier wide receiver duo. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle.
Belichick can’t match up with Hill’s speed in the secondary. He knows this. That is why constant pressure will be important. He can’t match Waddle’s speed either, so again, constant pressure.
Pressuring Tua means there are no deep passes to Hill or even passes of more than 15 to 20 yards. Waddle is the go-to guy for Tua. He is quick off the line and Miami can hit him quickly to avoid the pressure. If I were Belichick, I would double Waddle, zone cover Hill off the line, and take away the 15-yard route that Hill turns into larger gains.
With no outlet for Tua (Waddle), he will have to try and get to his 3rd reads in his progression. That is why pressure is so important to Belichick.
This will go back to forcing Miami to beat them in the running game. Taking away Hill and Waddle with pressure eliminates Tua and forces him to make big throws or Miami has to run the ball with success. If Miami can do that, it will open the play action, force New England to not blitz as much, and allow Tua to make his read progressions. That will get Hill and Waddle back into the game plan and Miami can easily pick apart the defense.
Yet, if Belichick has success in this area, he will bring the Dolphins’ offense down to a manageable level that will allow his offense to stay in the game which allows the Patriots to stay in a position to win.