Dolphins: Brian Hartline discusses the final set of downs
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“There was something left on the table,” he said. “There’s no reason we should be held out of the end zone. Doesn’t matter what play we’re in, when given the opportunity, any one of us receivers can make a play on the ball. To have four tries from that close [and not score], that’s not tolerated.”
TV replays didn’t provide a good look at the action on the left side of the formation on the Dolphins’ final offensive snap (the end zone interception to Drew Coleman on fourth and 4 from the 5). But it was Hartline in the slot with Marshall out wide.
Contrary to some talk that Marshall was triple-teamed on that play or “taken away,” as the great Cris Collinsworth suggested on the NBC broadcast, Hartline said it wasn’t that drastic.
The coverage was “three over two,” he said, meaning three defenders for the Dolphins’ two receivers. Antonio Cromartie lined up on Marshall, while Wilson, the rookie, was again on Hartline.
Safety Jim Leonhard was over there as well, but Hartline said he “split the difference” between he and Marshall.
From replays, it looked as though Chad Henne took a quick pre-snap look at that side of the field, but once the ball was snapped he locked in on Fasano and tried to jam another bullet into tight coverage. Jets safety Brodney Pool had other ideas, of course, leaping over Fasano’s shoulder to make the game-saving deflection.
It also appeared that H-back Roberto Wallace, the undrafted rookie active for his first NFL game, may have run his man too close to Fasano’s area to make that play work.
And if Henne had thrown to the left side to either Marshall or Hartline?
“It would have been a play on the ball,” Hartline said, “would have been a [Jets] guy around the spot but [a matter of] just making the play.”