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Mike Sherman has a lot of work to do

All eyes are on the Dolphins offense now. That's what happens when a unit seems to lack talent and not only doesn't score any touchdowns but makes mistakes (turnovers) that lead to 24 points for the other team.

That's not the way it should be.

And so this week offensive coordinator Mike Sherman has to address a lot of things. He started addressing those when he spoke to the media Monday.

This is all he said:

(On the number of batted passes during Sunday’s game) -“I think there were six.”

(On if there is any thought about altering Tannehill’s release, or is it a case of looking for open passing lanes or offensive linemen needing to get defenders hands down) – “I think the second thing you had is probably more appropriate (Open passing lanes).”

(On the 19 balls that Tannehill got batted down in his last year at Texas A&M) –“There were only three of them that we thought were his fault. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. It was in the game the other day, no question, but the gentleman, (Texans Defensive End J.J.) Watt, has a history of knocking balls down. He’s pretty good at it; I think he had four. And a couple of them were on twists coming down, so the quarterback wouldn’t have seen them anyways. It’s definitely something we’re looking at hard, and checking where he’s putting his eyes. He’ll be better this week with that.”

(On whether there is something that the offensive line could do to help the situation) –“Yeah, most of the time I just put that on the quarterback; he has to find the passing lane. You know guys are a little bit taller in this league, a little bit bigger, windows are a little bit smaller, and these guys have a lot of range. So it’s just something that he has to work through, and he will. He’ll be much better this week. He hasn’t had a problem with it in practice. It has not been an issue, which you would think this would be a reoccurring issue in practice. If you talk to the defensive coaches and players, they didn’t see this as a problem until the other day. But (the Texans) defensive line coach, Bill Kollar, is known very well, is a great coach, and they do a good job of the minute they read three step, hands are going up. You have to give them part of the credit. We’ll take some of the blame, but you have to give them some of the credit on a job well done.”

(On whether all of the batted balls came on three-step drops, and whether there is something to that) –“I believe so, yeah. When you drop shorter, the ball comes out a little bit (quicker), your eyes get quicker to where your target is. It’s hard to look people off at that time. Yeah they were three-step, yup."

(On whether he thinks that Houston is better than the rest of the league at batting balls down) –“I think it’s something that we have to address. It’s not just going to go away. I give Houston a lot of credit for what they did, and they are very good at it. I don’t know if everybody else is as good, but I’m not going to say that we’re not going to get any balls tipped if we’re not playing Houston. There are other teams that will see what they did and try to do the same thing."

(On how far Ryan Tannehill has progressed) –“I think the next game will be huge for him. I think from the first game to the second game, for any team, its huge, especially for a young quarterback. One thing I know about Ryan, he corrects himself and he is accountable. ‘I can do that better,’ and he fixes things. That’s the thing that always sticks with me in regard to him. He’s very conscience of what he needs to work on and then he spends time working on it and tries to get it right. So I’ll take the blame for it; I should have prepped him better for this than I did. He’ll be much better next week.”

(On his sideline demeanor) – “Yeah he’s, ‘let’s get on to the next play.’ He has the attitude that you want from a quarterback. I’ve been around some quarterbacks that have some phenomenal ability, but they don’t have that resiliency, and they struggle. I’ve also been around guys that don’t have quite the ability but have the resiliency, and they survive and survive well. So you have to have that mindset that, ‘ok we’ll fix it and move on to the next play.’ So, you know he’s mad at himself, but he’s not desperate or in despair.”

(On the thought process behind running the ball before the end of the first half instead of taking a knee against the Texans) –“You’re talking about the fumble, are you talking about the pass? Ok, well whether it’s right or wrong, whether there’s 45 seconds on the clock, we could have taken a knee, you’re right. It probably would have been safer, we probably wouldn’t have turned the ball over, but with 45 seconds left you have a chance maybe to break a run, rally, and then take a shot at the end zone. So that was our thinking going into it. If it was 10 seconds, 10-12 seconds, then I probably say take a knee. Forty-five seconds in a football game and we had timeouts left too, we just figured if we broke one, then we could take a shot, and that would be the right thing to do. If we had done what we were supposed to do there and blocked it correctly, then it wouldn’t have even happened, but we didn’t and so we turned the ball over.”

(On the Texans game planning to bat the ball down against a short passing game typically used with young quarterbacks, and if it will be a challenge moving forward) –“I don’t think so, because I don’t think that we did an inordinate amount of short passes. I know I wanted to start the game that way, and those didn’t get tipped. But I’m sure that would be a good philosophy that they could have because they are great rushing the quarterback. Those ends were the best in the league last year at pressuring the quarterback and we definitely didn’t want to get him beat up or sacked early in the game. But it really wasn’t a problem until our fourth possession, which is when it really started to unfold. The first three possessions I think we were pretty clean on stuff.”

(On whether his offensive success with past teams is motivating him to improve this offense for next week’s game) – “Winning the game is the ultimate objective obviously. However you can win the football game, that’s what you’re shooting for, but on the offensive side of the coin, we certainly let our defense down. There were a number of good things that happened in the ball game. I thought that we were able to run the ball well early, and could have continued to run the ball if the game hadn’t changed on us the way it did with the turnovers. I felt like we could move the ball, but didn’t do well, when we had some opportunities. We had some field position, we had the ball in the red zone, but didn’t put the ball in the end zone, and that’s a big concern of mine, that we’re down there on a couple of occasions and didn’t score touchdowns. Even late in the game when the game was out of hand, we had an opportunity to put it in the end zone and we didn’t take advantage of that. So as a competitor, yeah it does bother me.”

(On Tannehill’s fourth-down throws when he didn’t throw the ball into the end zone)– “Well, they were smart. Wade (Phillips’) has been doing this a long time. He made some really good calls and we had to put people into the end zone in order to take a shot. At the same time, they had everybody playing a picket fence back there and didn’t give us the end zone shot. So he elected to check it down hoping that he could run it in and that didn’t happen. Probably next time, he moves his feet a little bit, pumps and then maybe just throws it into the end zone on fourth down.”

(On how troubling it was that Davone Bess was the only receiver to catch a ball until the fourth quarter)– “If I thought it was going to be a problem this year, I don’t think it will be a problem. I think more receivers, I think the preseason has shown that the ball’s going to be spread around quite a bit. I’m not overly concerned with that because we had other guy’s catching balls. Reggie (Bush) was catching balls. (Anthony) Fasano was catching balls. (Daniel) Thomas got a screen, big, big screen. I’m not overly concerned with that, but if it ends up being a pattern, it would definitely be a concern that the receivers aren’t catching the balls.”

 

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go finsssssss

same old lousey team

I like the call with 45 sec left. That's 2 min drill. What, do we think, opposing teams will feel sorry for us, not try to beat up on us much? Fat chance. YOU PLAY TO WIN, that's the saying. Just because we don't have the talent doesn't mean you change up your game plan. Play to win, even though this year you know you won't. But next year, when (hopefully) you DO have the talent, everyone knows the deal.

I feel better now lol NOTTTT

Tanne needs to pump fake and then *run* with those WR legs and big bad body. Then those fat slobs on the D line will think twice about jumping next time.

I'm getting a bumper sticker that says "Free Tanne."

Let him roll out and run and use his athleticism a litlte bit.

He can be like Roethlisberger if we train him and let him do it.

They need a whole new team if they want to compete.

Mike Sherman is a breath of fresh air compared to Dan Henning I'll tell you that much. Very smart guy & it's a perfect situation that we have Tannehill's college coach as our OC to continue to develop him & run the offense.

Just hope Daniel Thomas is okay after he got his bell rung b/c the combination of him & Bush can be great.

There;s only 3-4 good players on the entire team and one of them is the punter! LOL

DC,

We may not have the talent at WR or TE but we do have the talent @ RB. We were having success running the ball until we got behind 24-3. If we don't turn the ball over our RB's (including Lane) can keep us in the game & not wear our defense out.

Who do we suck for now?

DC,

We may not have the talent at WR or TE but we do have the talent @ RB. We were having success running the ball until we got behind 24-3. If we don't turn the ball over our RB's (including Lane) can keep us in the game & not wear our defense out.

Posted by: We Have RB's | September 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM

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Just dont let Tannehill pass and the games might be close. LOL

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BARF FOR BARKLEY!!

Dolphins holding their own in the power rankings still solid at #32 on nfl.com!! Thanks you Steven Ross and Jeff Ireland!!! All that off season work has really paid off!!!

Asides from the long snapper fiasco, Oakland's offense looks just as inept and anemic as the Dolphins. I expect it'll be a low scoring 3 pointer type of game Sparano would be proud of.

ericatl: PFT ranks them at #31. Weeden's 5.1 passer rating was the reasons for the Browns' #32 ranking.

lol #32 BWHAHAHAHAHA

Someone earlier asked about Philbin/Sherman making/or not making halftime adjustments in regards to balls being batted down.

No.1: I think they did make some adjustments and I think Tannehill was better in the 2nd half.

no.2: The offensive line, particularly the right side, limited any and all adjustments in regards to 3 step drops.

Long and Cogs had their hands full with some pretty good D-Lineman. Jerry and Martin exceeded my expectations(which weren't too high).

I agree with Philbin in that they played an average game with Pouncey being the stand out. But after the way the line was banged up and the way they played during the Pre-Season, I think Philbin and Sherman will TOO reluctant to call more medium to deep routes/plays. ie; 5 and 7 step drops.

In other words, I think they were WAY to overly protective with Tannehill.

You have to try. You have to give Tannehill and the team a chance. You can roll a QB out from time to time. And you can ABSOLUTELY KILL an overly agressive defense with some well timed screens.

Overall I give the team a bad grade. The Coaching I would grade a notch below.

Not one roll out called, something RT does extremely well.

Dumb shovel passes that don't fool anyone, no screens, ugh.

The imagination of a rock, this Sherman.

So?

Ross is an excellent owner who trusted his GM's too much. Hes not afraid to spend money on the team.

Ireland is in the wrong buisness. His trainer taught him poorly and he cant evaluate talent. Say NO to Carl Peterson being our next GM if that turns out to be the case.

Philbins the real deal. I cant wait til the guy gets some players. Coach Rock.

If we don't turn the ball over our RB's (including Lane) can keep us in the game & not wear our defense out.

Posted by: We Have RB's | September 11, 2012 at 03:07 PM

I know I'm intellectually-challenged, but isn't this the reason we got rid of Sparano? Run-first approach to a passing league? Isn't this what ruined Henne. He wasn't asked to pass until year 3 (when it was too late for him).

We don't want a game manager. We need to find out if we have a potential franchise QB, or a potential bust. We need to know by end of Season because if we have a high draft pick, we may want to use it on another 1st-rd QB. So I say pass away Ryan. Let's see what you got. I'm EXPECTING turnovers. I'm EXPECTING incompletions. What I'm hoping for is improved from Game 1 to Game 16. Regardless of the record, that's what will determine if he's a keeper or not. Anyone can hand-off to Reggie Bush. Not everyone can throw that beautiful rainbow to Hartline consistently. My preference is to find out what we've got.

To me it just seems like the dolphins havent made any progress in years. You would like to get at least a little better each season when you are rebuilding. Weve been rebuilding for 10 years now. I like the new coaching staff a lot and im anxious to see if there is a steady improvement made from week 1 to week 16. As for players, we are still in great need of a game changing safety. Ive liked Sean Smith since we drafted him and he has improved every year. Another good corner opposite of him would help a lot too. The pass rush is lacking. Looking for cam wake to start making some plays. The D needs to generate turnovers. Tannehill will be very good in my opinion. I like how he handles himself. He can make all the throws. Lets not throw a rookie qb under the bus after one game against a top 5 defense. Weekly improvement is all im looking for right now.

Long Season,

We said basically the same thing at the same time. I just babbled away with a lot more words. Thats pretty funny......and true.

I have to take exception with, "The imagination of a Rock, this Sherman". That's a pretty simplistic view. Not to mention, almost definitely wrong.

Sherman did a bad job in my opinion, no doubt. But it had nothing to do with a lack of imagination(IMHO of course). I think it was mainly a combination of two main things. He didn't have enough confidence in the O-Line. He didn't have enough confidence in Tannehill.

I'm sure there are more reasons too, like most probably a lack of confidence in the receiving corps. Be that as it may, it's too late. The season has started and he has to play the hand he's been dealt.

Other than that though, I totally agree. Pull out the stops! These games count. A moving pocket, some rollouts, well timed screens. Mainly, take some shots down the field and at least try to back the defense off.

I think Sherman pretty much failed at all of these. But I'm not going to condemn the man over this first game. He had his concerns, he made his choices and he'll live or die by them. Hopefully he's learned something from it and going forward these things will improve.

sherman/tanny could be henning/henne part duex

The first half of Shermans presser, in the interest of keeping it nice in here, I HAVE NO COMMENT :)

From the red zone on 4th down, throw it in the endzone, man! Only thing I have against what I read from Sherman here.

Phins78,

Didn't really expect Sherman to admit the qb they decided to take at #8 in round one may have an issue with his release, did you? Especially since he coached the guy at A&M?

Don't know if that is the problem or not, but the batted passes seem to be following Tannehill from college to the nfl.

Not entirely from my Football knowledge point of view but also from my profession's optic of People's characteristics. Tannehill is a gunslinger, just as Favre was. Eventually, as he is much smarter than Favre was(sorry, Brett), he will learn to restraint his shooter's instincts; but, right now, don't go against his nature and rather help him play his Game. My opinion.

RT will make an excellent Surgeon.

More, let RT call the Plays.

Coalition@3:33, you may have a point regarding Sherman being overly protective. I myself was critical of Sherman....said something like he wasn't doing anything to help Tannehill. Much like you said, roll out, screen, hell, do a end around.

I posted about Philbin not making any halftime adjustment to all the balls being batted down. 2. It sucks watching a lousey team in the Dolphins, I wish our team fit the mold of a Ravens team

Jeff Ireland,

Remember Anquan Boldin? He stays out of trouble too.

Clue,

Of course you dont mean we should look like the offense being ran by Cam Cameron right? LOL

Not to use roll outs or screens or play actions may be the strategy through the season IMO, as the work of the right side of the offensive line progressed, as progressed the chemistry between QB and WR, as RT17 get the rhythm of pro foot ball. Perhaps in the game vs Jets will see some roll outs and screens and a win. I really don't like it, RT17 is raw, but he is making steady progress.

Watching this team play the last few year would make laughing heyenas cry.

The Sherman hire and Tannehill selection were D/A, IDIOT choices by the worst GM in pro football, except the cowboy's GM, Jaharry.

...Everyone has to stop with this nonesense about why we didn't throw the ball down the field...WE HAD TROUBLE WITH THE INTERMEDIETE THROWS...And don't give me the deep pass would have opened up the underneath BS either. You have to have a deep threat, and the ability to protect on these routes to even think about it..This doesn't just happen. Nor is this ignored without reason. Do you really think that if OC Sherman saw something(that btw none of could unless we were at the game..TV shows us 1/4 of the reality) that he thought he could capiilize on he would have tried it? do you really think that he had the strategy..."At all cost we will refrain from deep passes" it is ludicrous.

Now maybe this week is different. Perhaps we get opportunities to try and stretch the field. Some forget this is an offense that is challenged. That what may seem like basic offensive strategy isn't for us. We are remedial 101..and until we an prove otherwise..Do not expect anything more. We were in the game, and doing just fine with the gameplan installed. Until turnovers derailed this. For last weeks game the only real accomplishment trying to throw deep would have done was to put Tannehill on the DL for a few weeks..For what?

why didn't they go back to javorskie lane. he had a nice 24 yard catch and run. he killed people in preaseason as well. use him like keith byars back in the day 45-50 receptions yr. also same old sean smith, right with the receiver never makes a play.

"I know I'm intellectually-challenged, but isn't this the reason we got rid of Sparano? Run-first approach to a passing league? Isn't this what ruined Henne. He wasn't asked to pass until year 3 (when it was too late for him).

We don't want a game manager. We need to find out if we have a potential franchise QB, or a potential bust. We need to know by end of Season because if we have a high draft pick, we may want to use it on another 1st-rd QB. So I say pass away Ryan. Let's see what you got. I'm EXPECTING turnovers. I'm EXPECTING incompletions. What I'm hoping for is improved from Game 1 to Game 16. Regardless of the record, that's what will determine if he's a keeper or not. Anyone can hand-off to Reggie Bush. Not everyone can throw that beautiful rainbow to Hartline consistently. My preference is to find out what we've got."

DC,

The offense didn't ruin Henne. Henne was ruined b/c he never improved from his Freshman year at Michigan. Henne was/is too inconsistent to be a starter. Tannehill is a MUCH better prospect than Henne was & with the coaches he has--the only thing that can prevent Tannehill from being a very good NFL QB are injuries.

When you have a rookie QB & he's just getting his feet wet you don't call the same plays as you do with Drew Brees or Aaron Rogers. B/c he's inexperienced reading defenses & will hold the ball too long you would be exposing him to WAY too many big hits. The rookie QB's who won games right away & developed into very good QB's like Flacco, Roethlisberger, & Ryan had solid running games & good defenses as rookies.

This is not supposed to be a "baptism by fire" situation where we're expecting him to look like Dan Marino. Look at Week One--the perfect scenario was to have Griffin throwing the ball 26 times. Worst case scenario was to have Luck throwing the ball 45 times. You don't ask rookies to win games by airing it out 35-40 times a game especially in their first few games. If Luck continues to do that they will not win games. You have to establish the run & you have to bring young QB's along slowly.

Armando,
There had not been so many batted balls at a pro game since Elton John and Liberace did a half time show together.

..We Have RB's...Great post @ 4:26...Well said.

"...Everyone has to stop with this nonesense about why we didn't throw the ball down the field...WE HAD TROUBLE WITH THE INTERMEDIETE THROWS...And don't give me the deep pass would have opened up the underneath BS either. You have to have a deep threat, and the ability to protect on these routes to even think about it..This doesn't just happen. Nor is this ignored without reason. Do you really think that if OC Sherman saw something(that btw none of could unless we were at the game..TV shows us 1/4 of the reality) that he thought he could capiilize on he would have tried it? do you really think that he had the strategy..."At all cost we will refrain from deep passes" it is ludicrous.

Now maybe this week is different. Perhaps we get opportunities to try and stretch the field. Some forget this is an offense that is challenged. That what may seem like basic offensive strategy isn't for us. We are remedial 101..and until we an prove otherwise..Do not expect anything more. We were in the game, and doing just fine with the gameplan installed. Until turnovers derailed this. For last weeks game the only real accomplishment trying to throw deep would have done was to put Tannehill on the DL for a few weeks..For what?"


Daryl,

Thank you for being the voice of reason. That's EXACTLY what I was saying. I honestly believe if Tannehill can just make it through this season healthy it will be a success. He's a very smart kid, a very good athlete, & he's got the right coaches so the sky is the limit for him once he starts understanding what NFL defenses are doing against him.

I find it hard to believe that there are actually fans who think that Tannehill should look like Aaron Rodgers from Day One & if not he's not a franchise QB??? It's a f#cking marathon people, not a sprint especially with the lack of playmakers @ WR's & TE's.

Darryl, the short 3 step drop passes are THE REASON for the turnovers. Don't you get it?

You must chuck the ball down the field every so often to keep the D honest.

Henne is not ruined at all. He will be Jax's starter by week 6.

For all of you out there that insist that we have to air out the ball to be succesfull I give you this. The 49rs, the favorites in the NFC are a run first team. The Giants, last year's Super Bowl Champs are balanced. The Texans, Ravens, are also very balanced with the run. BIG mistake to air it out 50 times a game and expect to win.

Come on guys, did anyone really believe we were going to beat Houston? Give our team some time, we are rebuilding, and not a playoff team, please accept it. I just want to see progress with Tannehill and our Offense.

2009 Draft 1st pick Vontae gone, 2nd pick Pat White gone (never compleated one pass) 3rd Pick Pat Turner gone and Nalabone, Gardner, Flosom GONE! Heartline & Smith remain.
2010- Jared Odric we could of drafted Jason Piere Paul or Earl Jones but we wanted to move back to pick up a second round pick that we gave up for Marshall wich was Misi I'D take Piere Paul any day oh by the way 2 picks later after Misi Rob Gronkoski
2011- Mike Pouncy, Daniel Thomas pick 62 moved up to get him traded our 3, and 5 to washington and at pick 71 Cowboys draft RB DeMarco Murry. pick 4th Clyde Gates Gone...Trades our Pro Bowl WR for 2 third round picks and replace's him with legedu naanee REALLY ??????


Daryl,

I believe Tannehill will be a very good NFL QB. It may look ugly at times this season (like it did in the 2nd quarter) but Sherman knows the make-up of this kid & how he responds from adversity. That can't be overlooked.

What concerns me more than anything else is that HUGE hit he took from J.J. Watt. He's a tough kid but I don't want my QB taken shots like that too often.

..I'm sure I'm taking the bait here. But let me explain? @ 4:42...Do you know what coverages the Texans were playing? Can you break down for me what the defensive fronts were, and what the linebackers were doing pre-snap? Nope, neither can I. I'm not arguing that we shouldn't take deep chances. I'm saying none of know what the defense was giving, and wht they were taking away..The playcalls that were short passes have nothing to do with the turnovers..It was the lack of execution by the players involved..

Go ahead and blame the playcalling if it helps you. But until you and I have an understanding of why..Maybe we should take a step back from critique and let the guy who actually knows this QB's strengths, and weaknesses make the calls.

AJ,

What's done is done...We all know the picks that didn't pan out. I just hope we have a new GM drafting for us.

BTW--Misi probably has his best game as a pro yesterday so I'm giving up on him or Odrick just yet.

I hope we try and get Tannehill out of the pocket a bit more against Oakland. It's not like the guy has the speed of Tom Brady or Dan Marino but you wouldn't have known it against Houston. He was a WR at the major college level for goodness sake. Not saying make him Vick but we're gonna have to use every bullet in the gun to win games this year.

The reason why Miami must throw deep is the same reason teams still try to run on a Defense, even if they know they can't. Just to keep the the pass rushers from pinning their ears back & rushing every down.

If the Defense doesn't have to worry about the deep ball, the D is going to jump every underneath route.

Hence the Naanee int. Hence all the batted down passes.

Most lineman aren't going to get to the QB in a 3 step drop. THEY KNOW THAT! They are taught that if you can't get to the QB, get your arms up.

This is precisely what you saw against Houston & can expect to see if the Dolphins don't even attempt to throw beyond 20 yards.

Not entirely from my Football knowledge point of view but also from my profession's optic of People's characteristics. Tannehill is a gunslinger, just as Favre was. Eventually, as he is much smarter than Favre was(sorry, Brett), he will learn to restraint his shooter's instincts; but, right now, don't go against his nature and rather help him play his Game. My opinion.

Posted by: oscar canosa | September 11, 2012 at 03:57 PM
------------------------------smarter than favre??? yr kidding right. This kid cant even give you division and conference team information. How could he be smarter than favre??

Sammy Brown has been cut. We're back to 52.

I agree with that post about Sean Smith, its like everytime the ball in the air he doesnt know WTF to do. I can tell you MAKE A PLAY ON THE BALL! SS turned the wrong way on the corner TD to AJ like a dunce. I guess because he locking up practice players like Chris Hoagan in practice he assumes he shut down material. NOT!

Dont even get me started on Leggo Noname. That guy is pure garbage...

Tannehill will be fine just let him make it through this year. There are no playmakers on offense only Reggie Bush. Until this organization learns how to draft and evaluate players this will be an ongoing problem. How many free agents did the team sign that were not cut only Nanee is on the team and thats debatable. Players like Egnew who was a 3rd round are inactive how many 3rd round picks around the league are inactive?

I'm a great believer in Poetic Justice:

The day Ireland gets fired he gets arrested for DUI.

The Judge then asks, Was your Mom or Dad a drunk?

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