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  • Hayden Fox

    by Published on 01-14-2016 08:13 PM     Number of Views: 2304 

    • It was great to see Miami get the guy they were targeting. Adam Gase was the first choice and they got him. After years, of being denied by coaching and GM candidates, it was a positive step forward that Miami got their preferred choice. Not only that, but the “hottest” name chose Miami over other possible jobs. No one knows if Gase will be successful, but it is impressive the Fins snagged who many thought was the best coach available this hiring season.
    • While Gase was not on my list to hire, I completely understand the selection. Gase has an extremely high upside. His ability to coach up an offense, and more specifically a QB, makes him an exciting choice. Obviously, he was brought in to see what can be brought out of Ryan Tannehill. However, if Tannehill does not make progress under Gase, the team will have the ability to land a QB, either this year or next to grow with the new coach. I love hearing how Gase has adjusted his coaching to fit the player's’ skill set. Too many times, coaches are so hardheaded about players fitting their schemes. I am sure Gase has parameters that he wants within his scheme. However, it is a talented coach to recognize a player’s ability and try to adjust the scheme to utilize him best. Plus, Gase has seemed to be able to cover the weaknesses of his players as an assistant coach. I am excited that he is calling his own plays. This will be one of the most involved head coaches the Fins have had in a long time. Gase has been a dynamite play caller in his career.
    • I was looking for the following in a head coaching hire based on what I wrote in my 2015 Assessment. I chime in with how it relates to Gase.


    • Leadership: This next hire has to be a leader of a franchise. Who is willing to be the bold face of the franchise? Who is willing to lead and pull up a team that has been wounded by not meeting expectations? Who is the man that is going to have a vision that his players will enthusiastically follow? The Miami Dolphins need a leader of men. I have no idea about this one. However, the fact that two QB’s with big personalities loved working with him means a lot. Peyton Manning would not have brought him into his inner circle if he did not respect Gase. Likewise for Jay Cutler in that his career was at a crossroad. He loved Gase. I also find this quote interesting by Receiver Marc Mariani, “his interpersonal skills stand out: “That’s what has made him successful in the coaching business, He commands the room, but he engages his players and he has great relationships with all of us.” I am excited to hear the numerous stories of how built relationships with players which is the the ultimate leadership characteristic of strong coaches in today’s world.


    • Experienced: The next coach has to have prior head coaching experience. Whether that is in the NFL or at a major college, Miami cannot afford a first-timer. Some first time candidates will be hired and do tremendous, but Miami needs an experienced coach at this point. While he is young, his resume is very impressive in terms of who he has coached under and has coached. There will be some bumps in the road as a first time coach, but he has coached in some big spots as a coordinator.


    • Accountability: He needs to be respected, but does not have to be liked. I want to see a coach with an edge. I want to see a man that is willing to challenge his best players like he would his worst. The franchise needs to empower the next coach so the players know it is possible that the coach could dump them if they are not performing of the field. This current roster has had coaches that the players supposedly “liked” because they were player coaches. Now, it is time to have a guy that keeps the players accountable for their play. We will have to see. However, I bring to you Matt Slauson’s quote: “He’s all about accountability. He expects guys to do what they’re supposed to do. He holds guys to a very high standard. As offensive linemen, we’ve got to be on the correct guys using the correct technique. He’s always hammering that home all the time. He doesn’t let anything slide.” By Gase having control of the 53 man roster, he has the ability to keep the players accountable. Gase has the ability to show the players that buck stops with him.


    • Intellectual: The next coach has to be able to give the team an advantage with X’s and O’s. Maybe it is one side of the ball, maybe it is a position group or maybe it is calling a game. Whatever it is, Miami needs someone that can out-strategize an opponent. The Dolphins have had little to no superior intellectual ability for years on their coaching staff. That script has to be flipped with this next hire. Gase certainly checks this box. For the first time in a long time, the Dolphins will have an intellectual advantage on Sunday’s while on offense. He has been a master game planner and has been very effective utilizing his players. Former QB’s have raved about his game plans leading up to game day along with his play calling. Co-workers have practically said he is a savant about football. Very excited to have a coach that might be able to give the team a leg up in terms of strategy.


    • “Say Yes”: The Dolphins have been scorned when shopping for head coaches and GM’s in prior searches. The Fins cannot be turned down by multiple candidates in trying to fill this job this time around. The optics would be terrible for the organization. Target a list of coaches that are likely to want the job and interview them. From there, offer the job to the best candidate. Miami cannot be left at the altar this time around. As Miami charts a new future, Steve Ross and Mike Tannenbaum must show they are in command of the situation by not being led along and turned down by candidates. Gase said “yes”. There was no nasty haggling. This did not seem like his only choice. Miami got their guy they asked first.


    • Interesting the takes people have had since Gase has started to hire his staff. Here is what is most important in my opinion....Gase is hiring the people he wants and they all seem to have experience at the professional level. While he is not done at this point, and I would watch for him to try to pick some coaches off of the Denver staff, Gase seems to be putting together the people he wanted in the first place. I like the direction he is moving in terms of his staff.
    • It is the right decision for Dan Campbell to move on. It is best for him professionally and it is right for Gase as he creates his own football culture.
    • Obviously, this is a big hire in terms of Ryan Tannehill. This is a good fit for RT simply because Gase has fit with every QB he has ever worked with. It goes without saying that this is a huge year for Tannehill. Tannehill has the ability to become “Gase’s QB” or play poorly enough that Gase “finds his own QB” next offseason. I think Tannehill has a ton of ability and can lead the Dolphins to good things. This offseason the offensive line has to be appropriately fixed and, along with this new offensive system, Tannehill should be in a better position to show progress from last year.
    • I enjoyed the process of how Mike Tannenbaum led the committee in finding a new coach. There were no hiccups. No leaked stories of unprofessionalism. Miami looked good in their quest to find a coach. If the rumor was true that Tannenbaum liked Doug Marrone before the interviews, it shows the interviews were open and based on merit. Media insiders say that after the hire of Gase, the FO was completely unified because they were unanimous in their decision to hire the 37 year old coordinator.


    • So much for the hyperbolic rants of people around here about Tannenbaum. Things such as...


    • he would “not be able to find someone to take the job” because they did not want to work with Tannenbaum.

      Tannenbaum would pick “one of his cronies like Jim Mora or Eric Mangini”

      The pick had to be from the Parcells Tree.

      that the power structure in Miami would “turnoff any legit candidate”

      that Miami would “get used to increase the salary in another city”

    all proved to wrong. The front office, led by Mike Tannenbaum, landed the candidate that was considered the best on the market during this hiring season with no issues.

    • When word popped out that Miami was trying to land Gase, there was concern that somehow Miami would blow the deal. Once it got to the point of negotiation, it was a done deal because that is Mike Tannenbaum’s wheelhouse. He is a dealmaker and gets it done when it comes to a sealing the deal.
    • Many have brought up who has control of what in Miami’s current situation. We love to discuss who decided on a various free agent or draft pick. Here is the bottom line...if someone in the building has to pull out their contract to demonstrate the ability why they should have their way, the situation has already failed. Executives and coaches need to share the same vision and philosophy on how best to build a team. From there, through collaboration, a team is built. That does not mean there is not robust debate or sparks flying in a meeting room leading up to a decision. However, in the end, everyone ends up working in the same direction as the team builds toward success.
    • The team interviewed all legit coaching candidates. The list was not boxed in nor did it interview everyone under the sun. It was a very solid list of candidates that stayed the course in hiring a new coach.
    • Props to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald for being tuned into names that were being considered and was in before everyone that Gase looked to have the job and was willing to accept.
    • It is vital that as a fan base, we have patience with Adam Gase. I have never seen the fan base so angry, distrustful and negative. It is understandable because of the empty promises post Don Shula and Dan Marino. With that being said, Miami has a ton of potential in its new head coach and he must be allowed to put his plans in place while he grows as a coach. At the same time, Mike Tannenbaum and Chris Grier have been jeered since their arrival. Again, it is imperative that they are given the time to put a program together. For once, the Miami Dolphins have a vision that is shared by the leaders of the organization. All the powerbrokers in the organization are invested with each other. They must all succeed on the field to maintain their status. With all that being said, this new group leading the Dolphins must be given time to do the job. Miami has lacked continuity for years. Allow this group to make progress over time.

    by Published on 12-15-2015 12:58 PM     Number of Views: 1299 

    Positives

    • The offense was much improved from past weeks. They ended up 7-16 on 3rd down (44%).
    • Running game was very solid, 128 yards on 22 carries for 5.8 a rush.
    • Liked how the offense responded the next drive after Dion Sims’ fumble.
    • Lamar Miller. 89 yards on 12 carries for 7.4 per rush. His long was a spectacular 38 run through the middle of the Giants defense. He finished with 2 TD’s.
    • Ryan Tannehill had a good night going 25-41 for 236 yards and 1 TD. His QB Rating was 85. Tannehill also used his legs effectively. RT showed some strong skills audibling to different plays. None was more evident than the TD strike to Kenny Stills. Tannehill got out of the play and ended up throwing a perfect ball to the Stills for 47 yards.
    • Jarvis Landry was targeted a ton and had 11 catches for 99 yards (9.0 per reception).
    • DeVante Parker’s block on Miller’s first TD run.
    • Run defense. Held the Giants to 92 yards on 32 carries for 2.9 per rush.
    • The defense held the Giants to three points after the Sims fumble.
    • Olivier Vernon had 3 QB hits and a key one that forced a punt. Miami had great field position after. OV also had a TFL.
    • Ndamukong Suh was very disruptive early. While I will discuss this later, Suh played way more snaps than any DT would be asked in the league. Plus, between being on the field a ton and in the humidity, I think he worked his tail off in the game despite the national narrative of his play.
    • Reshad Jones’ fumble recovery.
    • Brent Grimes had a PBU on 3rd down that forced a long FG attempt that went wide.
    • Matt Darr had a great, great game. 4 punts downed inside the 20.
    • Andrew Franks’ booming kickoffs.
    • The second drive of the game, Dan Campbell went for it on 4th down and got a first down. The drive ended in a TD.
    • While the play did not work, I like the attempt of the flea flicker.
    • Throwback uniforms.


    Negatives

    • Even turnover differential. Miami needs to be on the plus side to have any chance to win. Miami turned it over on the opening possession and did not get nearly enough chances for takeaways on defense.
    • Jarvis Landry undisciplined penalty. Landry killed great field position at midfield as Miami was trying to tie it late in the game.
    • Tannehills’ 4th down miss of Landry. RT broke contain as Landry busted free behind the defense, but RT overshot him. The Fins never got the ball again.
    • Dion Sims’ fumble. The offense had some momentum early and Sims killed some of the vibe with the fumble as the Fins were down 3-0 early.
    • Dolphins drops. Sims had a drop down the hash. It was a good throw and a contested catch a TE needs to make. Sims dropped it. Damien Williams was wide open on wheel route, the ball was at Williams fingertips, but again, no catch. Williams also had no dive attempt either. On the flea flicker, Landry came back for the ball, but did not catch the ball that hit him between the numbers. On a key 3rd down late in the 4th, Tannehill hit Jordan Cameron down the middle. While he was contested, it is a ball an NFL TE needs to catch and Cameron dropped it. Huge drops this week stunted the offense. There were a total of 6 drops.
    • Parker was invisible on the big stage against a bad pass defense. One frustrating play, was when RT broke contain, the QB lofted a nice ball to Parker. However, Parker did not work his way back enough and the pass was broken up by a Giants defender.
    • Dallas Thomas. On one play, he got whipped so bad, RT was drilled and was lucky enough to have his arm coming forward for an incompletion. He also had a false start that changed a 3rd and 2 to a 3rd and 7. Thomas was terrible last night.
    • Billy Turner’s holding call.
    • Jason Fox’s holding call.
    • Gave up 31 points.
    • New York converted 5-11 on 3rd down (46 %).
    • Red Zone defense. The Giants scored 3 TD’s on 4 trips into the red area.
    • Gave up 429 total yards.
    • Pass defense. They allowed gaudy numbers to be put up by Eli Manning. 27-31, 337 yards, 4 TD’s for 151.5 QB Rating. Beckham went off for 166 yards on 7 catches and 2 TD’s. The Giants YPA was 10.9.
    • Late hits by OV and Jordan Phillips.
    • Blown coverage by Jamar Taylor on the long TD to Odell Beckham Jr.
    • Penalties. 12 penalties for a tune of 123 yards.
    • Not using Lamar Miller in the 2nd half. Simply dumb coaching move. Miller was the best player for Miami in the first half and he got all of six touches after his second TD.
    • What a terrible game plan against Beckham. No safety help for Grimes when covering Beckham. For some reason, a decision was made that Grimes was to “island him” and the Fins paid by giving up an explosive play. The only offensive weapon that could truly beat you and Miami played him often like he was a typical receiver. Even on Taylor’s blown coverage, he was supposed to run with OBJ by himself if Taylor was to execute it right. Terrible game plan this week by the coaching staff.
    • The Fins did not finish the half. They had the lead, but allowed the Giants to score a TD in the closing seconds.
    • I understand the team is not deep, but I think the team made some mistakes yesterday by not being in shape. It is not enough to say, “they live in this weather so they should be fine”. Something was missing in terms of their stamina. Very disappointing to see players make mistakes seemingly because of a lack of conditioning.


    Overall Assessment

    • Dan Campbell is not getting the head coaching job. Not a newsflash after losing last night. Campbell missed a golden opportunity to land this job if his team would have won last night. Imagine the narrative going around nationally and South Florida if the Fins had won. However, in the end, Campbell is not qualified for this job. I give him ton of credit for picking up the pieces that Joe Philbin left behind. He has done his best he could. However, at the end of the day, Dan Campbell cannot be the head coach next year. There is so little to him when it comes to strategy. Rarely has his coaching made a difference in a game. There are few wrinkles and adjustments, but rarely make for much of a change. His team is starting to get penalized with way too much regularity. I am also getting tired of him saying during the week “we have the answers for such and such”. Going into the Jets game it was that they had the answers for 3rd downs. This week was they had answers for OBJ. Never do any of his proclamations come true. Finally, he supposedly stands for a mentality of “running the ball”. However, the best player on his team last night was Lamar Miller. How does Miller only get 6 touches after his second TD. Miller said he was not injured. What is the philosophy behind that? The ball should have been fed to Miller not just in the run game, but also in the passing game. I am blown away by the fact that in the 4th we saw more of Williams and Jay Ajayi. The Giants and Tom Coughlin showed Miami something. With the game on the line, Coughlin used his two best players; Eli Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. to ice the game. Campbell and his staff on the other hand had Miller on the bench in a competitive game. While the defensive game plan is on Lou Anarumo, Campbell is ultimately responsible for it. It was a terribly conceived plan that showed little in the way of adjustments as the game went on. Campbell has put his heart and soul into this job. I give him so much credit for the effort he has put in. I personally root for him. However, his words and actions do not match and in the end he and the staff give no advantage on game day.
    • You could see the desperate spot Dan Campbell is in to get the job. After the gut punch penalty on Landry that killed the final drive for Miami, I was waiting to see what Campbell would do with the young receiver. He knew Landry needed to be disciplined yet also knew that Landry had to be on the field to help the team. Campbell kept him out a play before returning him to the game. Again, I do not blame him, but it shows you that he knows he is coaching for his life. It was a situation that Landry needed to sit longer to make a point to him and the ball club. However, Campbell needed the talent on the field to give his team a chance.
    • I do not care if the next coach is “liked” by the players. In fact, the successful ones are not typically liked by their players. However, they are respected. This team supposedly love Dan Campbell because he is a “player’s coach”. Well, if that is the case, go out and ball for him. Make those catches. Come up with a big play. Come up with a big stop. Do something to get him the job. In the end, the Dolphins need a head coach that is a leader and will create an effective culture that makes players accountable for their play and actions.
    • Critics of in the media in regards to Suh are starting to bother me. There are few DT’s that play as much as he does. He is out there every snap and the cameras are rolling for that one play or two that he is not going at it 100%. Then they strike up the narrative that he makes a lot of money and is dogging it. It is such a lazy piece of journalism. Shame on Jon Gruden, Ray Lewis and the Mike Greenberg’s of the world for creating this yarn. It is such a shallow take.
    • It is such a limited argument to blame Ryan Tannehill for last night. He played a solid game. Yes, he did miss Landry on a big play in big spot. I will keep saying he needs to get better in the 4th quarter to take the next step. However, Tannehill did some good things for his team and between a bad pass defense, a terrible defensive game plan, drops, penalties and the coaching staff icing Lamar Miller, Tannehill is way down the list of issues for me this morning. In fact, I think he was a reason they were competing in the game.
    • While many want to see Parker involved more (and I do not have an issue with that), the guy that needs more looks is Kenny Stills. Stills has proven to be a legitimate deep threat in the NFL and on chances with the Fins. He has shown flashes of brilliance this year. Perhaps the game plan needs to utilize Stills more during the last few weeks of the season.
    • Jarvis Landry is a good piece to the Dolphins going forward. However, the dumb penalties out of his frustration and anger are starting to hurt the team. I love emotion. It is needed. I hate “zombie” players. However, that being said, Landry is going over the line by doing things to hurt his team. Landry has to find the balance to playing with emotion versus making dumb mistakes on the field.
    • Drafting a CB should be the team’s biggest priority. I am not ready to run Grimes out the door just yet. Grimes can still play. The problem is they are asking him to “write checks he can’t cash”. He needs safety help with some of these tough receivers and he rarely gets it. Grimes should stay and have another boundary CB added in the first or second round of the draft.
    • I might say this every week, but one of the biggest needs Miami has this offseason that is not talked enough about is FS. Miami has been so bad opposite of Jones. I wonder how much a quality, instinctive FS would cover up some of the issues at CB.


    • The Damontre Moore pickup. While I have never been a huge fan, Moore is still just 23 years old, makes just over $800,000 and is still under contract next year. Plus, this helps to have enough DE’s in the mix as some tough decisions have to be made this offseason at DE.
    • Classy 50th year celebration. I enjoyed all the photos this week and the half time gala was awesome. The Dolphins history is matched only by a few franchises.
    • The 72 logo should have been the uniform change years ago. I called for that when talk of a uniform change sparked up. Steven Ross, and at the time Mike Dee, missed a chance here. However, now they have a problem. The retros looked so good that now nobody will care for the new logo. The Fins branding label might even be rejected by the public. They should have made the move back to the 72 look years ago.
    • I love when my team is on the big stage. It is fun to see the team we represent playing in a big spot. Problem is now that they will finish with a weak record, the idea of getting scheduled for an important game on a Sunday or Monday night becomes remote. The team has to become relevant again for that to happen.
    • The trip to San Diego will be a disaster. First of all, if you think Eli Manning is an intelligent QB, wait until Philip Rivers and the Chargers offensive staff gets their hands on that Miami tape. Secondly, the Fins will be flat after a tough loss and being eliminated from the playoffs. They have to travel west to SD on a short week. Finally, the Chargers could be playing their last home game ever in San Diego. This has the markings of an embarrassing loss. The character a player is to play hard and effective with nothing left to play for in my opinion. Who are the players that prepared during the week? Who are the players that play physical? Who are the players that play extremely well Sunday? Compare that to those that phone the game in. The coaches will get credit or the heat depending on the performance. However, does the team show heart and play hard or do they mail it in?
    by Published on 11-22-2015 10:42 PM     Number of Views: 1439 

    Positives

    • 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.


    Negatives

    • 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.
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