Ok, I coach a little league football and 2 of the other coaches just happen to be big phins fans as well which is kinda wierd being here in VA, but anyway we got together and decided to study the game film and some of the things we noticed in general were........
First of all the Blitz was NOT working, all it did for the most part was take someone else out of coverage and the QB generally still had just as much time to throw the ball and the result was defenders trying to cover WR's/RB's one on one for longer than they should ever have to. Either that, or Pittsburgh would hit the screen or short routes where there was no defender because they were being tied up at the O-line TRYING to blitz. The front 4 was getting a decent push, and added pressure when they only rushed those 4, and they "Probably" would have been better off letting those guys do their thing and dropping more into coverage more often. Also you could tell that there was a lot of confusion on defense. Guys didn't seem to know where they were going or where they were supposed to be in the secondary. I know though that Saban has a very complex scheme, and as they get more acclimated to it they will play a lot better.
Culpepper: He played a decent game, but nowhere near what he is capable of. He hit some really good/differicult throws but missed some very routine, easy ones as well. Even with those missed throws though he had a very nice game up until the end with the 2 Int's in which he was just forcing the ball trying to make something to happen. Say what you want about the coverage, or how good the Pittsburgh defense is but those were two throws that should Not have been made.
Ronnie Brown/Running Game: Yes he missed some holes, but he also found some very small ones, and then made some of his own. Ronnies vision really is not as bad as most people seem to think, and his biggest problem just may be that he has no confidence in the O-line to open a hole up for him. When you're getting defenders meeting you in the backfield the majority of the time it's going to cause you to be a little hesitant and searching to make a play on your own. The O-lines run blocking was nothing short of horrible, and it would have taken a Beast to actually have been productive running the ball last night for Miami, and I'm not just talking about someone who is really good, I mean an actual BEAST....... Like a big mythical creature that weighs 800 lbs and is fast as lightning......LoL, no but seriously it would be asking an aweful lot to expect production out of the RB with what he had to deal with. The other thing that really hurt the running game was simply that they were not running the ball. It is a LOT harder to be able to get the run game going if you are only running the ball very sporatically.
All In all despite ALL of the things that went wrong Miami played a pretty decent game against the defending champs, and have some positive things to build on. for 1.... Daunte will only get better, the O-line will get better at run blocking(they can't get any worse IMO), the defense mainly the defensive backfield will imrpove...... Travis Daniels will provide a major boost IMO as he should know the system like the back of his hand by now where everybody else on the team is basically still learning, The front 7 looked very solid, and the WR's proved they are a playmaking group. Basically we all agreed that if we were coaching this team we wouldn't be too upset with the performance on the field but would expect much better results/execution in the future.