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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.

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