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Well I told friends back in the 1990s that sticking with Tom Oliva_otti (No D in his name) as the defensive coordinator would be Shula’s undoing as the headcoach…and it was.  Shula made excuse after excuse about he but never fired him and ultimately went down with the ship.  When Wannstedt went into his final season with Wade Smith, a rookie, as his starting LT I told people it would be a bad decision that might cost him his job. It did. A year and a half ago, I said that keeping Kevin Coyle would be Philbin’s downfall. It hasn’t yet, but it will. That’s not news Miami Fans want to read 2 games into a season that was full of hope just 2 weeks ago. However, you can’t ignore the truth. Coyle’s defense is subpar even with standout players. He, like the Miami Dolphins, continues to underperform.  My criticism of Coyle is of his philosophy on defense that continues to play a bend, hope-we-don’t-break defense.  It is a lousy scheme and he has finished each season with a worse product on the field. Even if Miami sneaks into the playoffs with a 9-7 record, his defense will embarrass the fans. 

     This team let Odrick go, (If you don’t remember Jared Odrick just watch todays game again. He spent all game in the backfield) and signed the 105 million dollar thug. So far thug life has cost them 20 million dollars a tackle. Not bad if you’re Suh but bad if you’re the Dolphins or their fans. He is looking like a huge bust after signing his payday. If Coyle doesn’t manage to single handedly sink Philbin, this FA signing might. 2 games in things can change, but so far Suhs understudy, Phillips, has been better, by a lot.

     If the DC wasn’t as bad as he is, the OL would be getting the sharp end of this article. This is strike 3. You’ve had 2 off-seasons to fix the middle of the OL. It is being manned by a couple of guys who should be bagging groceries. Dallas Thomas is every DL guys dream. Throw in obvious poor coaching and play calling and its adds up to a bunch of sacks for Ryan Tannehill.  Not good for the team and not good for the faithful, as this all leads to losing football games.

     What is most maddening about this team? They’ll hang with the powerhouse teams for the most part only to lose by a FG. Then they lay an absolute egg against a lesser team. Remember how good they looked on a Thursday Night as they beat the playoff bound Bengals in Cincy 22-20? The following week they got their jocks handed to them by the winless Tampa Bay Bucs. Who can forget closing that season out against the hapless Bills and Jets…only to lose both and miss the playoffs.  Now go to 2014. They start the season 1-2….beat the Patriots, then lose two straight. The first one was on the road at the Bills…okay that is forgivable. They followed that with a disaster at home against KC.  KC wasn’t a bad team last year but good teams win those games. Miami then went into the hard part of its schedule 1-2 and never recovered. They closed that year with a loss to one of the worst teams in football, the NY Jets of last season.  Inexcusable!

     Well, you can better believe that Rex Ryan and his team will be ready to play this coming Sunday. Not sure I can say the same for the Dolphins. They’ve looked flat for two consecutive weeks on both sides of the ball. While executing some plays fine, they either self destruct or simply dont get it done in crunch.  In either case, the Bills will probably be favored and should be. They could lay a 40 burger up on this pathetic excuse of a defense. We all but know the coaching staff will ignore what NE did to them and run plays completely different. NE ran a lot of short passes and attacked with crossing patterns. They also ran draw plays up the gut. On Defense, NE didn’t really stuff the Bills but did enough to win. It is a pretty easy gameplan. If Lazor has RT doing a lot of 5 step drops, this game will get ugly very fast. Miami doesn't match up well here along the OL. The Bills interior will eat up Miami's. Running on first down will be disasterous and predicatable. Miami needs to open up slinging the rock and mix in some 2nd down runs to keep the Bills honest. Do that and they might come away with a victory. For right now, yes, its too early to call for Philbin's Head. He'll be the coach at least through half of this season. When, and if, they become eliminated from the post-season will be the time to throw in the towel. 




The Good


Ryan Tannehill, Jarvis Landry, Rishard Matthews and Jordan Cameron. They were what carried the team today. Can't blame Tannehill for this one.  359 yards and 2 TDs, he virtually carried the team for 3 quarters. Rishard Matthews and Jarvis Landry put up monster numbers with 225 receiving yards combined. Jordan Cameron continued his good play, although he was a bit quiet in the second half.


That's it for The Good


The Bad


The front 7 was supposed to be a dominant unit. Where is Ndamukong Suh? Is he the next Albert Haynesworth? What has happened to Cameron Wake? He has been invisible. Worst of all, where is Olivier Vernon? In a contract year, all he did was practically lose the game for the Dolphins with a stupid penalty. Can't really blame the linebackers on this one as Jelani Jenkins and Koa Misi both had pretty good games. The Dolphins can't stop the run consistently and the pass rush is completely invisible.


Jamar Taylor - stop getting penalties on critical plays! And Walt Aikens, welcome to the NFL. Double moves happen!


The offensive line is a joke. With Brandon Albert getting injured on every other play, Juwuan James getting a penalty on every other play and Dallas Thomas being Dallas Thomas. Then you have Jason Fox giving up a critical sack late in the game. Yes, he prevented a safety, but he didn't bother blocking Jared Odrick in the first place.


The Ugly


This coaching staff needs to go. From Kevin Coyle continuing to play his soft zone defenses to Bill Lazor's horrible playcalling to Philbin overseeing the whole thing, this coaching staff's days are numbered.


The Dolphins just got another penalty. And another...




A deplorable effort from this team, losing to the lowly Jaguars. You could have said they played down to the Redskins and dismissed it as an anomoly. Now you have yourself a trend. This defense is an absolute joke. There is no running game. The pass protection is still porous. The only thing this team has going for it is Ryan Tannehill and SOME of the receivers and the tight end. A defense full of Pro Bowlers absolutely SUCKS! Is it the players or the scheme?


The only thing we can hope is this serves as a wake up call. If you play ugly and win, you think you got away with one. If you play ugly and lose, you have to look within yourselves to figure out what the hell happened! They better figure it out fast. This was supposed to be the easy part of the schedule.


Well, the Redskins game turned out to be not what was advertised, didn't it? The preseason crowned "Top 5 Defense" couldn't stop the run, and Ryan Tannehill threw some ducks along with some very nice passes showing us that he isn't as consistent as he looked in the preseason.

No matter, my friends. This is week 2 and the Dolphins are facing the Jacksonville Jaguars. The odds say the Jaguars are going to upset a couple of teams this year, but there is just too much talent and potential on Miami's side to show another letdown. Keep in mind that defensively the Dolphins corrected a number of their problems at the half. Which makes me wonder why it took so long to do so? This isn't the NCAA. A DC has to correct problems on the next couple of drives.

You all know that I begged the Dolphins to cut Kevin Coyle loose after his 3rd consecutive defensive slide of our Dolphins since he took over. I have nothing against Coyle, but a good defensive coordinator will be able to scheme his defense to good production. Maybe he's simplified the wrong part of his game. The big problem the past few years was his zone coverage that his linebackers and secondary (and defensive linemen) had to constantly think about in games. It was too complicated. It sounds to me that Coach Philbin directed his friend in the wrong direction in his simplification order.



I honestly believe that if Rashad Jones and Jarvis Landry had missed last week's game, that we'd be looking at an 0-1 record right now. Seriously. Rashad Jones was all over the field and played excellent defense against the run and the pass. He is my early MVP for this Dolphins team. I may have to go out and buy a Rashad Jones jersey because he is a serious "play-ya". Unfortunately he will be out this week because of a hamstring injury, so, our young and up-and-coming safeties will have to show us why they made the roster. I like Walt Aikens, but he needs the experience to improve.

What can I say about Jarvis Landry? If everyone on the offense played as he did on Sunday we'd be unstoppable. He willed himself to a first down when the Dolphins needed it. And the punt return for a touchdown was a thing of beauty as he ran 69 yards untouched to the end zone. Sure, the Redskins punter outkicked his coverage as Brandon Fields did on occasion last year, but Landry showed great vision on the return.




Or does he? I agree that Lamar Miller needs to get the ball more, but when the offense cannot generate a running game and are going 3 and out, it was very good to see a Brady-esque performance by Ryan Tannehill. Sure, Tannehill missed a wide open Dion Sims in the end zone and got his tight end injured. All he had to do was to set his feet and he would have had better control.  Tannehill also threw a couple of passes that should have been picked off in the 2nd half. It seems that Tannehill forgot about his footwork and reverted back to Mike Sherman Tannehill.

I will say that when Tannehill lined up in what was going to be a pass, he moved the Dolphins down the field.  There is a big positive in that. His game was off but he moved the Dolphins when the running game was not working. Lazor just needs to pull back the urge to throw the ball on every play when the game is still close, and get Lamar Miller more involved. Every smart offensive coordinator has to fight this urge all the time, and Lazor is a very intelligent offensive coordinator. This offense is made for Ryan Tannehill.



I am concerned that we have very short starting cornerbacks, but you have to love that interception by Brice McCain. I've been watching the Dolphins since 1970 and if I had to list the top 5 inteceptions that I've ever seen from the Dolphins I would have that interception in that group (along with Grimes one-handed interception last year). Outstanding! It wasn't a bad pass by Cousins as he expected Garcon to go up and get the ball over the 5'9" McCain, but McCain seemed to will that pass into his possession.




Did anyone notice that Cam Wake seemed to disappear in last week's game for many plays at a time? I understand that he had as bad a game as the rest of the defensive front 7, but he played poorly on the edge in sealing off the run. I'd hate for one of my favorite players to be on the decline when we finally get a player such as Suh in the middle to funnel plays to him and take away blocker in passing downs to free him up. I'm just a very concerned fan right now. Cam Wake ... where the heck are you?


Go Dolphins!

Big Dave



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