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    by Published on 11-22-2015 10:42 PM     Number of Views: 1502 


    • Plus 1 turnover differential.
    • Ryan Tannehill made some nice throws during the game. The throw to Jarvis Landry before the end of the half was huge at the time. His rocket to Jordan Cameron was on the money right before the end of the half. RT had a nice touch throw to Kenny Stills for six. Before that throw to Stills, he had the presence of mind to throw away a ball after a bad snap.
    • Red Zone defense. Held the Cowboys to 1-3. Got an interception on one of those trips.
    • Ndamukong Suh was dominant again. He often wasted OG Zach Martin. He had 7 TOT, 4 solo and 1 TFL.
    • Olivier Vernon had a great game going against one of the best OT’s in football. OV finished with 1 sack, 5 TOT, 3 solo, and 2 TFL’s. He constantly pressured Tony Romo.
    • Reshad Jones was active. 8 TOT, 7 solo and 2 TFL.
    • Brent Grimes interception. Grimes was generally very good against Dez Bryant.
    • Derrick Shelby had himself another nice game. He had a clutch sack after Dallas started on a short field and helped force a Dallas field goal.
    • Neville Hewitt interception.
    • Matt Darr put two punts inside the 10. On the opening drive, he put one inside the five.
    • Great blitz call on the Grimes interception with Hewitt bringing pressure on Romo.
    • Bryant’s taunting penalty that ended up putting the Fins on a short field near the end of the first half.
    • Tribute to Rishard Matthews’ family member that died in the line of duty.


    • Tannehill’s pick six. Terrible read and decision.
    • Got no points off of Hewitt interception.
    • 1-11 on 3rd down. Completely awful.
    • Miami got 210 total yards of offense. Unacceptable.
    • Landry drop in the first quarter. The ball was a bit underthrown by Tannehill. The fact of the matter was it was opportunity to move the ball into the scoring area that went unfulfilled.
    • Jason Fox was awful. He had two holding penalties that killed first downs.
    • Dallas Thomas blowing a block on a QB keeper that could have gone for big yards.Plus, he ended up yielding a ton of pressure throughout the game.
    • Mike Pouncey skidding a snap by RT.
    • Pouncey had a momentum killing chop block penalty.
    • 3rd down defense...the Cowboys converted 7-14.
    • Dallas got 386 total yards.
    • 166 yards rushing for Dallas. 4.4 per attempt.
    • Dallas had 7.3 yards per reception.
    • 4th quarter, 3rd and 13 and Miami needing the ball back, Dallas runs a draw that goes for a first down.
    • After Miami tied up the game, the defense gave seven points right back to them.
    • Jamar Taylor was atrocious today. He had a holding penalty that killed a sack. He also was beaten for a TD Terrance Williams and routinely beaten by him.
    • Landry botching a kick return that ended up with Miami taking over inside the five.
    • Darr personal foul penalty.
    • Too many penalties. 79 yards on 10 penalties.
    • Lost time of possession 38:50 to 21:10.
    • Terrible decision to punt the ball in the 4th quarter. The team was down ten points and at midfield. They punted and got the ball back with all of a minute left in the game. Down two scores, you cannot punt there.
    • The team did not run the ball enough against a defense that is bad against the run. Running the ball is what Miami does best on offense. Dallas struggles vs. the run. Miami averaged 5 yards a carry today. Yet, Miami ran the ball all of 14 times in a close game.
    • The defensive alignment that had Hewitt lined over Bryant with Aikens over the top. Romo hit Bryant for a TD on that play.

    Overall Assessment

    • Four straight weeks this team has been down double digits in the game. You cannot live that way.
    • This team plays zero complimentary football...zero. One phase of the game puts another in a vicegrip. Outside of the Titans and Texans game, this team has not played off of each other. This is one area that if improved could make all the difference in the world.
    • Why is it that vital players always seem to make it back for games with Miami? Guaranteed that Nick Mangold and Darrelle Revis play for the Jets next week. Guaranteed Andrew Luck makes it back for our game with the Colts. It never fails. Miami needs to start making their own breaks, but they get nothing handed to them.
    • I am tired of the zero to two TD output each game by this offense. This issue involves everyone….including the OC, the QB, the line, receivers, TE’s and RB’s. Everyone is at fault. This offense seems to have no chance to score more than 14 to 17 points.
    • The Tannehill pick six was a complete kick to the gut. The game was even and rolling fine. RT throws a terrible pass to Rolando McClain that is returned for a TD. The interception created a terrible tone for the team.
    • Tannehill is not getting better. First, he is never the reason this team wins. He is not making others around him better. His game is uneven at best. We can sit here and blame the OC. We can have the silly debate about audibles. We can blame the line. We can blame the receivers. The bottom line is Tannehill needs to start taking steps forward as a QB. I am a Tannehill supporter, but I am going to make excuses for his play either. RT should be the team’s QB, but he needs to start being accountable for his play. Demand a higher level of performance.
    • Jamar Taylor needs to come off of the field. Play Brice McCain. Play Bobby McCain. Try Zach Bowman. Experiment with Tony Lippett. Taylor has had his chances and his results are filled with penalties and broken coverages.
    • I still want to see a replay of Landry’s botched kickoff. IF he was out of bounds while he was touching the ball initially, that is a flag and the ball should have been at the 40. We saw one replay. Two things: Landry should caught the ball in the air, obviously. That is two weeks in a row, Miami cannot return a kickoff appropriately. Secondly, the returners should have been coached up to be out of bounds while picking up the ball to get the ball to the 40. IF Landry was out of bounds while touching the ball, that is terrible if the coaching staff did not notice.
    • So much for those 3rd down adjustments Campbell talked.
    • Dan Campbell still has a great chance at this job. However, he needs to start showing better. First, he needs to get better with clock management issues. The Buffalo game had the timeout situation.This game had “the punt”. No way down ten can a team punt the ball. They needed to score on that possession and get the ball back from the defense for a chance to win or tie the game. He needs to show an aggressiveness in his decision making. From there, his team needs to start to show actual improvements each week. Let’s see the offense start to score in the mid twenties each week. Let’s see the defense start stopping the run. Let’s see the giveaway/takeaway differential be on the plus side. Let’s see some of the stars along with young players demonstrate improvement. Campbell can still get this job, but he needs to start showing he is evolving into head coaching material.
    • Enough from Kelvin Sheppard about running the table and going 10-6. How about talking about winning a division game? How about trying to get back to .500? How about simply trying to get better as a team?
    • I am also tired of hearing from players about how they “want to win for Dan Campbell”. If true, start showing it. Start showing it with better blocking and tackling. Show it by not making mental errors. Show it by making plays. There is a lot of talk from this group, but more action is needed.
    • Crazy. After a Patriots win vs. Buffalo. Miami is still one game out from the other Wild Card teams...granted a slew of other teams are with them. However, the Dolphins are still in the mix. I want to see how this team responds going into a hostile environment against a struggling team themselves. It is a must win for both teams. The season is on the line next week in New York. Win and stay in. Lose and it is play for pride and start to determine who the next coach will be. It is a huge week for this staff and roster this week.
    by Published on 11-22-2015 12:57 PM

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    by Published on 11-16-2015 12:47 PM     Number of Views: 1538 


    * Great character win. The team battle back from an early deficit. Things did not go well early again, but the team kept grinding. They easily could have gone in a shell, but they kept fighting. Major contributors were out with the injuries and backups we had not seen much of came it and played well. Considering this was the third road game in a row against a hot team, this was an excellent win.
    * Plus 1 turnover differential.
    * 17 unanswered points.
    * From late round draft picks to undrafted free agents, rookie players stepped up everywhere. Neville Hewitt, Zach Vigil, Bobby McCain, Mike Hull and Tony Lippett we have not seen much of until today. All came up and played key snaps with starters going down. Add to the mix the work that Ajayi, Jordan Phillips, Andrew Franks and Matt Darr and the Class of 2015 came up big today.
    * Ryan Tannehill's toughness.
    * Lamar Miller did it as a runner and receiver. He had 43 yards on 16 carries. As a receiver he had 50 yards on 6 catches and a TD.
    * Jay Ajayi ran tough again. He had 48 yards on 6 carries.
    * Rishard Matthews had 93 yards on 5 receptions for 18.6 per reception. Huge, clutch day for Matthews.
    * Jarvis Landry being alert after a Tannehill pass caromed off of a Eagles' defenders helmet. Landry caught the ball for what was the game winning score.
    * Jason Fox was much better this week.
    * 3rd down defense was 7-18 which is 39%, but the third down D was much better in the 2nd half.
    * Rush defense was excellent as they gave up 83 yards on 36 carries for 2.3 per carry.
    * Strong pass rush today. They had 4 sacks and 10 pressures.
    * Red Zone defense. Held the Eagles to 2-5 in the Red Zone.
    * Ndamukong Suh was completely dominant. He had 8 TOT, 7 solo, 1 sack, 3 TFL and 3 QB hits. He was a one-man wrecking crew.
    * Reshad Jones was a monster today. Jones' interception of Mark Sanchez was huge as the Eagles were looking to go ahead. He had 9 TOT, 7 solo, 1 sack, 1 TFL, 1 PD, 1 QB hit.
    * Derrick Shelby had a strip sack, 4 TOT, 3 solo. He brought strong pressure off the edge.
    * Olivier Vernon had 6 pressures.
    * Kelvin Sheppard had 11 TOT, 8 solo and 2 TFL's.
    * Chris McCain's jarring sack on Sam Bradford. He got the sack and forced a fumble. Bradford was knocked from the game.
    * Zach Vigil's punt block. The block came at a huge time the team needed momentum.
    * Walt Aikens open field tackle on a Darren Sproles punt return.
    * Caleb Sturgis miss. Sturgis killed Philadelphia's momentum.
    * Loved how physical the team was today. Between McCain's hit. Jamar Taylor's 3rd down stick of Jordan Matthews, to hard hits by Jones and Sheppard, to some tough blocks by receivers on offense, the team beat up and out-physicaled the Eagles.
    * Love Miller not backing down from an Eagles' defender after scoring a TD.
    * The coaching staff stepped up big today. Campbell did not panic when his team was down early. He kept his team working. Bill Lazor had a solid return to Philadelphia. He stayed balanced and got enough out of his offense to get the win. Lou Anarumo had a rough start, but made adjustments and his players played much better after the 2nd quarter. Darren Rizzi's special teams helped snatch momentum back with a big punt block. Also, tip of the cap to LB Coach Mark Duffner and DB Coach Blue Adams. Both had starters go down with injuries today, but they had their replacements ready to play. Simply a strong effort from the coaching staff today.
    * Dan Campbell's challenge of a Bradford fumble.
    * Loved some of the play calls today. The wheel route to Miller for 35 yards on the opening drive helped set up a score. The the play design in which Miller and Ajayi were on the field together was creative.
    * The Patriotic ceremony pre game in which the eagle flew on to the field.

    * Slow start.
    * Another safety.
    * 84 yards on 8 penalties.
    * 5-15 the offense was on 3rd down.
    * The offense was 2-4 in the Red Zone.
    * Gave up four sacks and lots of pressure.
    * Kenny Stills' drop of a perfect deep ball by Tannehill.
    * 4 minute offense that could not ice the game late. They needed one more 1st down to end the game and they could not get it.
    * Vernon not being able to scoop a fumble that would have put the ball at least in the red area for the offense.
    * C.J. Mosley penalty that took away a Hewitt pick.
    * The Eagles had a poor snap and Shelby could not recover the ball.
    * Nobody being able to recover a fumble caused by McCain.
    * 2 DB's covering one receiver in the end zone while leaving Brent Celek wide open for Philadelphia's first TD.
    * Big plays given up to wide open TE's.
    * Damien Williams fumbling a kickoff in the end zone, panicking and bring the ball out in which he was tackled at the 1. I truly believe he did not know the rule and thinking if he muffed the kick, he had to bring the ball out. Terrible decision making.
    * Landry's no fair catch in which the offense had to start inside the ten.
    * Landry drawing a personal foul which killed field position around midfield.
    * Too many routes short of the chains on 3rd down.
    * Why is Williams returning kicks with a bum hand?

    Overall Assessment
    * What a great character win today. On the road for three straight weeks, after getting blown out the two weeks prior and off to a poor start, Miami looked in trouble. However, the team kept plugging away. The team's best players stepped up as did players that had not contributed to this point in the season. Playing without Wake and Brent Grimes and having some other players go down with injuries, Miami had adversity. There were some ugly parts of the stat line, but Miami found a way to make enough plays to get a much needed victory.
    * Tip of the cap to the front office today. The FO has been getting killed this week. However, they should take a bow with late round picks and undrafted free agents coming up big today.
    * Great that the team caught some breaks today. Seems like everything has gone against the Fins this year. However, today they got some.
    * I will be honest. I thought Sanchez was going to drive the field and we would lose on Sturgis field goal. I am conditioned into thinking like this. However, it was simply tremendous the team stepped up and made enough plays to get the win.
    * Ryan Tannehill has to get better in the 4th quarter. He needs to start coming up much more clutch then he does. Far too many times, he comes up small. The QB has to start stepping up.
    * Great to see Jason Laconfora get ripped today. He had two "insider" stories. One was about Bill O'Brien going to Maryland and the other was about Eddie Debartolo getting part ownership with the Raiders. By 1pm, both stories were shown to be completely false. In O'Brien's case, respected writer John McClain showed JLC's information to be wrong. The best was the actual statements made by Mark Davis and Debartolo themselves. If you get a chance, go read them. They torch Laconfora. I am shocked CBS keeps him on TV as their "insider". There is so much more talent out there to replace that bag of wind.
    * Look, it is going to be hard for the Fins to make the playoffs. That said, they are just one game out from the playoffs. For the rest of the year, I want to see this team work as hard as they did today, improve in certain areas and win some games as we go. Let's have some fun the rest of the way and enjoy our football and see where things end up.