Winner Under Construction
Putting Stats Aside, Are the Phins Really being Outplayed, Yet Finding Ways to Win?
Are the Phins really being outplayed?
I think that depends on how one defines outplayed, since we certainly outplayed the Colts and the Falcons in the 2nd half of both games. Otherwise, we could not have won those games.
******* Football is a 3 phase game. I think a team that executes its plays best in all 3 phases (overall execution) has a much better chance of winning than a team which neglects one or two phases.
******* Football is a test of endurance and awareness. Philbin's practices are designed to simulate in-game situations accurately and perpetually, including endurance and the speed of the game. We may be in better shape and more aware than most teams because of this. Therefore, we may have an edge here. An intangible, yet very telling one.
******* Which team would you rather have? The team that plays great (moving the ball) much of the game yet has lulls in discipline, production or execution at certain points? Or, the team that can take control at critical points in the game, and WINS the game as a result? Moving the ball up and down the field doesn't do you much good unless you score touchdowns (redzone efficiency) and you score them when you really need them (usually at the end of halves).
******* On the other side of the ball, having a shut down defense doesn't do you much good if that shutdown defense tends to shatter as it gets gassed in the 4th quarter. I think our team prefers a bend-but-don't-break style of defense much of the time, judiciously pushing players and then resting them, using well thought-out personnel exchanges, plus alternating a press and sit back/cover strategy. Have you noticed how fresh our guys have looked in the 4th quarter of our games compared to the opposition?
******* As Dolphins fans, surely we have learned lessons from the Marino years and from our past 10 years of struggle to learn how to win again. Perhaps now we are witnessing Philbin's solutions to problems all teams have?
******* Does our staff really know how and when to utilize our players most effectively during the ebb and flow of a game? Maybe they really do. What a gift that would be, heh? Just maybe, this Philbin lead staff is more innovative than can easily be recognized?
******* Stats are awesome, but they don't tell the entire story of a game. We are consistently managing to dominate one stat, and that is points. I think our staff are achieving that by correctly managing our personnel and play calling in games. The way in which we are managing to be in an excellent position to win games seems to be a lot more than dumb luck to me.
Last edited by ATL_PHIN_FAN; 09-30-2013 at 12:46 AM.
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