DOLPHINS HAVE NO ANSWERS VS THE PACK
Phinzone’s very own Joe Curry and Dale-Paul Jordan give their take on this past Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers. The season is not going as well as Fin fans would like, and Joe and Dale give their perspective on all things Miami Dolphins throughout the year.
Miami had a back up LT, a back up RT, a 3rd string LG, and a 3rd string C snapping to a back up QB, with WR’s having some injury problems on their own. Recipe for disaster? Yeah, you guessed it.
Miami had a big TO on our first drive, and FOUR FG’s with no TD’s. Brock was sacked 6 times but, had time, before the 4th quarter to make some plays. He is a back up, although a good one, who is not athletic and cannot throw deep. Many open receivers had no shot on his passes, and he does jump the gun to run right under pressure. Our ”Replacements” on the OL did give Gore a chance to run well while the game was in doubt but could not maintain.
The play calling of Gase was all he could do with what he had to work with. There is only so much one can do with back ups at 7 positions on O. Anyone thinking otherwise are wrong.
There is not much to analyze on O from this game, other than second tier players cannot play with 1st tier players. I look forward to our team on O getting somewhat healthy and being a NFL worthy O after the bye.
What can you say about this defense; Aaron Jones, another running back that had a career day against the Dolphins D. The run defense still has not been solved, and opposing teams understand that by running a single back isolation right through the A and B gaps. Matt Burke has not tried anything new to address this concern and that is the biggest problem. Bringing in two street free agents who have not made a difference.
The Linebackers, Kiko and Raekwon played okay this evening, but the way Burke has created this defense, they are built for speed and not tackling. Both were spread wide, when Jones ran for 94 yards, that wasn't on them, but how Burke called the formation. Kiko, Raekwon and Jerome Baker kept Jimmy Graham in check all night, but had issues containing the Packers running back in wheel and split outs. Although the gains were minimized, all linebackers need to improve in how to attack these routes.
The secondary actually played the best, and were tested based on how the Packers got the ball. Reshad Jones was benched in the 1st quarter based on his actions last week, which made sense, so once again the Dolphins swiss army knife; Minak Fitpatrick was asked to play 3 position this game. Xavien Howard played well against Devanta Adams, even though Adams scored two touchdowns. Howard is the best player on the Dolphins Defense and whom ever is leading the Dolphins this upcoming offseason, needs to reward his play.
In the back-end, no safeties made any difference against the Packers. TJ was once again caught taking poor tackling angles to the ball, Reshad Jones didn't make any difference on the field and to be honest, I don't think Minkah name or number was called once by the announcers. Burke needs to start thinking outside the box, as his line ups or better yet his formations are vanilla. There is zero creativity in his play calling using any of his safeties. The frustrating aspect is that Burke thinks that each week his players will make a difference using the same play calls and formation. It's frustrating as a fan, to see that opposing coordinators know this and attack Burke defense, but there are no adjustments or changes. That's why 80% of teams playing the Dolphins have been able to score points on their opening drive.
The only player that should receive a game ball is Robert Quinn. He played amazingly tonight. One of the few players that actually showed up. Before the game got out of hand, Quinn was attacking the line of scrimmage, which led to his 2 sacks. The Dolphins invested so heavily in their Dline and they are not worth that type of money. Cameron Wake and Andre Branch won't be on this team next year and we have no idea who Charles Harris (the Dolphins first overall pick last year). The frustrating point is that once again, Burke loves his Texas Stunt (C and and B rotations) which have led to opposing running back running through the line of scrimmage with no issues.
To me, the Dolphins have exciting young potential. Minkah, Baker, Raekwon and " X" are pillars you can build a defense around, but I don't believe that Matt Burke is the person that should lead them. He's in over his head and his lack of adjustments show's that he's not ready to lead this young team.
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