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Bills beat up the Dolphins up front

BUFFALO --Sometimes football truly is, as coach Joe Philbin says, not that difficult a game.

Much of it is as simple as blocking and tackling.

And so if you're wondering why the Buffalo Bills, a team that is the worst in the NFL at stopping the run, could stop the Dolphins Thursday night, all you have to do is look at the blocking and tackling.

The Bills tackled and they beat the Dolphins off blocks.

It wasn't any exotic scheme that helped the Bills. It wasn't a team stacking the tackle box against Reggie Bush that limited Miami to only 60 rushing yards and 2.5 yards per carry.

It was the Bills simply beating the Dolphins physically up front.

"You got to give credit to them. They did a good job up front," said quarterback Ryan Tannehill. "They weren't bringing safeties down. They did a good job of shedding blocks and making tackles.There were a few times I turned around and there was really just nowhere to run. And that's with no safeties being in there. So you have to credit their front seven for doing a good job of making it difficult to run."

So, as I told Tannehill, what he's saying is the Bills were winning up front. They were beating the Miami blocking up front.

"For some of the game, yeah," Tannehill said. "We just couldn't get things going."

That's it. In a nutshell.

The team that was giving up an average of 163.7 yards per game on the ground coming into this game beat the Dolphins physically up front.

And that leads me to this question:

Why?

How is it that an offensive line with a first-round pick at left tackle, a first-round pick at center, a second-round pick at right tackle, a third-round pick at right guard and a guy who was signed as a free agent solution a couple of years ago at right guard get beat physically?

By that team that was so, so terrible previously?

Troubling.

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Monte,
Excellent Oline, have youwatched the games this year? Aside from the first three.. wheres the push been? Why is Tannehill getting hit every other play? Why did Shawn Meriman BLOW Jake Long up last night, pancaked him.. Outside of Pouncey, and Incognito.. the line has been sub par ..

Kris,
You cant kick the guys arss in front of you if youve been pancaked and are laying down on the ground..

lol @ 11:59...best read of the day Matty....


-HAS IRELAND FIRED HIMSELF YET????

Top 10 qb, right now I'd be ecstatic if he developed into a top 20 qb by the end of next year. These last two games were Cleo Lemon bad.

when was the last time Jake Long was run over by a linebacker??? Horrible.

BOYCOTT THE FINS UNTIL IRELAND IS FIRED! WE'RE SICK AND TIRED OF HIS INCOMPETENCE! WE"RE SICK AND TIRED OF THE LOSING! BOYCOTT AND HELP MAKE THE CHANGE!

You guys should know Ireland cant draft a QB.

I have two questions ...
1. Why is it that a highly respected, innovative offensive coordinator turns into Woody Hayes once he becomes a head coach?

2. When did the NFL implement a rule that requires teams to run the ball on first-and-goal; and why are the Dolphins the only team obeying the rule?

So, in Irescums's 5th year we have the worst QB in football. Hate to say I told you so.

Dashi kept his Silence!!!

SO U ALL CAN MAKE UR OWN EVALUATION!!!!

ENOUGH! IS ENOUGH!!

WE ALL KNOW THE PROBLEM!!! ON DEFENSE!!! STARTS!!! WITH THE $16 Million Duo!!!!!

DANSBY SUCKS!!!! BURNETT IS A NON FACTOR!!!!

THE O-LINE!! THE BAD GUARD PLAY!!! HAS SHOWN UP!! THE TACKLES AND THE CENTER ARE NOT THE PROBLEM!!!!

NOTICE!!! HOW J.MARTIN STARTING LETS THE FINS PLAY JERRY!!!!! MAYBE LONG STARTING THE PAST 4 YEARS!!!! HAS HIDDEN INCOGNITO(NO PUN INTENDED)!!!

AGAIN!!!! THESE LB'S!!!!!!! DON'T MAKE PLAYS!!!!

DANSBY IS EVEN SLOWER THAN S.CHANDLER!!!! Remember Chandler? We Cut him like 3 years ago!!! The Guy is a Blocker!! Not a Pass Threat!!

Dashi said 2 Weeks Ago!! We were going to Find out about the Secondary NOW!! That Marsha 2.0 Is Out!!! Carroll has shown he is not the Solution!!! He's a #4 CB!!! That Can sometime play Nickel!!!! NOTHING MORE!! Wilson is a Special Teams Player!

We Need at Least 2 Cb's!! Next Year! But it's still not a bigger hole!!! Than the LB's!!!!

NO PLAYS IN LB LAND!!! No Plays IN THE HOLE!!! NO IMPACT PLAYS!!!!! DE'S ARE FASTER!!!! THESE LB's SUCK!!!

(Again 3 of the TOP 5 Tacklers in the NFL ARE ROOKIES!!! 2 OF WHICH WERE PICKED IN THE 2ND ROUND!! The Other 1 is L.Kuechly!! Dansby is Still #26 and Burnett #70 Something!)

On T-Hill!

It's Unfair to Judge him With the Talent he is throwing To! D.Bess is the Only LEGIT!!! WR THE FINS HAVE!!!

FLATLINE SUCKS!!! AND IT"S GREAT TO SEE R.MATTHEWS!! PLAY OVER GAFFNEY!!! MATTHEWS ACTUALLY CATCHES THE BALL!! AND HE LOOKS STRONG FOR A WR!!!

The thing I don't get is how you guys are so down on a team that was picked dead last by so many sports publications and "experts".

In the beginning of the season I said I felt Miami was a 6 win team and the still probably are. The early success this team had gave us all a false sense of hope I guess. There's nothing wrong with hoping to win. But expecting this group and roster to win was never going to happen.

Some of you don't like Tannehill and never will until he starts winning and thats fine. I don't see how you can expect a rookie to win under these cirmcumstances

AndyNJ--

WAAAY too logical and rational a post for this blog. Did you forget where you were?

Season is officially over. The Dolphins have reverted back to the Dolphins we are know and hate.

No offense.

Three straight losses to teams you have to beat if you want to be in the playoffs. With games coming up against Patriots (twice), 49ers and Seahawks, this season has gone down the drain.

It was fun being relevant going into November. But we are irrelevant now.

Get ready for the 2013 draft.

At least we made it to November this year. Next year, December before we shite our pants again. Aim for the stars!!

Not excusing the way the offense played, or our idiot kicker. but it really does not help when they call awful PI penalties on us, yet ignore bess getting mugged and wake getting tackled on almost every passing down.

How to fix Fins:

Besides for firing Jeff Ireland, this team should not be paying big bucks to anyone whom is not an impact player.

Dansby & Burnett need to go. They do not make an impact and they are getting paid as if they were superstars.

Anthony Fasano needs to go next. The guy always has been mediocre and there is nothing showing he will ever be anything more.

Dan Carpenter is ready to go. He may be one of the best tacklers on special teams (!) but he has been a mediocre kicker the last 2+ years and is getting paid as if he were one of the top in the NFL.

The Dolphins need to reevaluate how they do free agency. Free agency has been a complete BUST this year. We signed 12+ guys and one of the only ones still on the team is Richard Marshall who is on IR. These second tier free agents whom are overpaid have been a complete waste. This falls squarely on Jeff Ireland's lap.

A big decision needs to be made on Jake Long. I don't know if he is hurt, but we can't pay him 10+ million a year if he can't stop Freeney. His play the last 1-1/2 years has been a real disappointment.

Get Tannehill some real weapons at WR and TE. We have no idea how good Tanny is when the Fins have no running game and arguably the worst WRs in the NFL. The OL has been doing him no favors either.

...and that's just the start.

How could Ross allow Ireland to do another draft? Is Ross a Jests fan double agent?

Dashi is hearing that Ireland will be fired this week!

shaggy, don't blame your kicker.

If you had a Hummer, that gets HORRIBLE gas mileage, and decided to take it on a long-distance trip over your Prius, who's fault is it that your gas spending is through the roof, yours or the Hummer?

The Hummer is what it is. Carpenter is what he is. PHILBIN KNOWS THIS. He's seen it ALL YEAR. Blame Philbin for trotting Carpenter out there to attempt a FG he KNOWS he probably can't make.

Dumbest. Analogy. Ever.

In light of the debacle last night, Jeff Ireland came to work this morning with very little sleep and reportedly has been seeking more acorns in a manner resembling a hyperactive squirrel. He should be given full credit for this degree of dedication.

We are stuck in the cellar without a QB.

Needed: One game-winning drive. Received: 2 game-ending INTs. Great job guys! Dolphs are so pathetic; they don't seem to care that they're an embarrassement to football.

Matt Moore could "channel" Marino way before this rookie who's only been a QB for 19 days ever will/could. PLEASE put in Moore.

Sherman: stop running up the middle on EVERY first down; everybody knows it. How about a reverse or flea flicker?? How about on 3rd and 8 throwing the ball for at least 9 yards, not 5?????

Jonathan Martin had a reputation as being soft in college so it's no surprise he gets overrun consitently. He was a mistake in the 2nd round and I said that on draft day. Daniel Thomas has not shown me anything and I said he was a mistake during that draft too. Odrick is just a solid run defender, hardly worth a 1st round pick. No secondary help was drafted this past draft. Drafting has been terrible, that is why we are a losing team. If no new GM is hired, we will remain a losing team.

You cant have a running game with Tannehill as your QB. The D's just stack the line to stop the run knowing Tannehill cant pass.

This team has done a complete 180 to where we thought we would 3 weeks ago.

A lot needs to change. I think Philbin will trim out the fat on this team.

I really think trading Reggie Bush for picks needs to be discussed!!!

If they not planning on signing him them then they have to try. I can deal with Thomas and Miller!

I would one of the first guys in the picket line wanting Ireland fired. That being said I do not think it is Philbin or Tannehill who is the problem. It is the team Philbin inherited. Over rated players and salaries limits us in FA or trades. We got what we could with Marshall and Davis but not too many teams would want Dansby, Burnett or S. Smith so we are stuck with them for now. Philbin wants to build the team through the draft but still needs some good veteran players. The "good veterans" we have right now are guys like Dansby, Long, Fasano, Bush etc who were already under contract and would hurt us a lot more in the cap if we had to get rid of them. Philbin knows he inherited a team who was very weak and not much depth in the secondary,O line Receivers and LB's. But due to existing contracts is not able to get the help he needs. Next year WILL be different. I see some major changes in these positions. This year, knowing it is a rebuilding year, I would be encouraged if we go 7-9. Sherman was only brought in for developing Tannehill and if Philbin see no progress in his developement Sherman will be gone. Philbin knows what GB was with Sherman and Farve and without Sherman.

MassDolphan--

It's a real mystery the NFL hasn't called you with all that draft expertise at your disposal.

Everyone is to blame on this team!! Coaching included!

Sean Smith will NEVER be signed back!!

We need to find Madison and Surtain fast!!

We need JJ to handle the draft!

What's up losers?

Trade Tannehill for a ham sandwhich. And start Moore.

To caveat of the 12:57 post...

The NFL-N put up a stat last night....

They said the FINS have lost 48 games when trailing by 7 or more points to start the 4th quarter.....

I was wondering do they mean that the FINS have lost 49 games in their entire history when trailing by 7 point going into the 4th quarter....

of have the FINS lost 48 STRAIGHT GAMES when trailing by 7 points going into the 4th quarter....

Sure feel like the 2nd one.....

-HAS IRELAND FIRED HIMSELF YET?????

Philbin is already trimming the fat.. Bush comes out to say he will test the FA market regardless next year.. his playing time drastically goes down.. Jabar Gaffney hasnt been what they thought he might be.. He is inactive and Marshall gets activated.. Its the start.. you can see he is evaluating what he has.. look for it more over the rest of the season

First of all grow up.
Mando keeps telling everyone that as soon as we have an elite, franchise QB we will never lose a game.

The truth is the best you can hope for is an even chance against your opponent every week.

Would you rather have Rivers, Romo, Cutler, Stafford, Ryan, Sanchez, Freeman, Vick or Newton? How many SBs have they won?

"But playoffs? And progression from week to week?

Don’t see it." Armando

Join me in the real world for a moment everyone. That's the world in which we all knew the Dolphins were a rebuilding team before the preseason even started.

That's the world where we realized we needed a WR, TE,CB,AND LB to be competitive.

That's the world where we knew having no offensive play makers on the team would doom the Dolphins season.

The same world where Jeff Ireland was still incompetent at evaluating our biggest team needs and needed to be fired for us to move forward.

That world still exists all though some like to pretend we were never there. I for one knew another mediocre season was at hand, predicted it, and now am not surprised or upset in the least. I visited that world and decided to stay a while. Join me, won't you?

Tannehill wasnt any good in college of course he's no good in the pros. What was Ireland thinking? Or...was he thinking?

Kris, for me it was never a matter of whether or not Ireland should be fired. It was the a%$hole way the fan presented it.

Not only an a^%hole but the statement doesn't even make sense so he is stupid as well. People don't fire themselves. The statement was moronic. Maybe had he said I wish they would fire you or you should be fired it would have made more sense.

The team is not rebuilding. Ireland isnt finished destroying.

Troll at 1:13pm. Ignore him.

Yeah, how about a reverse or a QB keeper?

U "MORONS"!!!

Won't get ANY RESPONSE FROM THE DASHI ON MATT MOORE!!! Dashi has already proven that EVEN The Coaches Like Devlin over Moore!!!

Moore is Young? 28 YEARS OLD!!! That's Not Young IN THE NFL!!!

Might Be Young in Life!! NOT THE NFL!!!

AND CHAD HENNE HAS THROWN FOR 2,000 YDS MORE IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF STARTS!!! SO THINK ABOUT THAT!!! WHY ROOT FOR MOORE? WHEN EVEN HENNE!!! IS A BETTER QB!!

NATT HAS NO SKILL!!! WHATSOEVER!!! AND IS A FUMBLING MACHINE!!!!

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AND CRAIG!!! THE FRONT 7!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

INCLUDES THE LINEBACKERS!!!!!

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THE D-LINE IS NOT THE PROBLEM!!!! WE STILL HAVE A TOP 5 D-LINE!!! WE HAVE 5-6 GUYS!! THAT CAN START FOR MANY TEAMS!!!!

THE BILLS HAVE A TOP 5 D-LINE!!! ALSO!!! THEY ARE JUST FINALLY PLAYING LIKE IT!!! THE BILLS HAVE 3 Former PROBOWLERS STARTING!! AND A TOP 3 PICK LAST YEAR!!! THAT'S 4 REALLY GOOD PLAYERS!!! WHO ARE FINALLY PLAYING AS A UNIT!!!!!

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Oh and While we at it!!! THE BACK 7!!! INCLUDES THE LINEBACKERS!!!!

Pe'o for Te'o!!!!!!!

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AND IRELAND IS SAFE!

YES!! THIS TEAM IS MISSING A FEW PIECES!!! BUT MORE THAN HALF THE ROSTER IS SET!!! AND THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT!!!

NOW IF WE WERE THE JETS!!! IRELAND WOULD BE GONE YESTERDAY!!!!

LOOK AT THE CAP SITUATION!!! AND THE ROSTER!! AND TAKE THE FACT THE GM!!! IS ALWAYS TRADING AWAY PICKS TO MOVE UP!!!

U GUYS STILL WANT RG3?

REMEMBER!! THE SKINS DON'T HAVE A 1ST ROUND PICK FOR 2 MORE YEARS!!! AND IT'S LOOKING LIKE THE RAMS ARE GETTING A TOP 10 PICK!!

RG3 IS SUPREMELY TALENTED!! BUT THE SKINS GAVE UP TO MUCH!!

Ireland! IS ON HIS JOB!! PHILBIN IS THE RIGHT COACH!!!

T-HILL IS STILL THE QB OF THE FUTURE!!

What's up losers?

Posted by: CadillacDeVille

Same Troll. Same child. Lives vicariously through others accomplishments. Ignore him.

Guys, Long has been getting pancaked flat on his back for 4 years. I keep telling you that pro bowl selections are irrelevant. Watch games.

Finally a troll police officer..

This Year, Thanksgiving falls on my birthday, Nov. 22. The Day they killed Kennedy. Is that a good sign, odin?

How is it the yeam philbin inherited. That sh&t makes no sense. He decided which players stay or go. So ultimately he put together his team. I don't think he is a good coach at all. Just another case of norv turner, or wade phillips. A better cord. Than a hc.

Why was Hartline grinning from ear to ear after he lost that fumble?

Dolphin 77 is correct about Cam Philbin.

Phins, that worked in PreSeason. That worked beginning of the Season. But when the team surprised everyone (including themselves obviously) that changed the dynamic. Now they had a body of evidence proving they had enough talent to compete. They went to OT with an undefeated team (at the time). They eventually lost to a team who's right now going to the Playoffs (Colts). Our rookie QB was playing up to the level of both RG3 AND Andrew Luck.

So what gives? You're fine with them regressing after they overachieved. No, I didn't expect them to win more games then they lost, but I also didn't expect them to be 4-3 7games in. You probably didn't either. Proved Philbin had some Coaching strategy, proved players had some heart. So, what happened last few weeks? It's not like they were always awful and now are playing better teams. We FELL OFF A CLIFF playing WORSE teams. How do you explain that (because you're previous explanation doesn't cut it)? You can't say now (I knew all along) when a few weeks ago you were ecstatic (like the rest of us) and giving props all around.

This isn't a tough game, well played, but came up short (like we've done numerous times in the past). This was complete and utter breakdown on all sides by the entire team. That points to Coaching (though some would rather not admit it). That points to game planning. That points to execution and talent. It points EVERYWHERE at EVERYONE!

I'm surprised some don't see that.

Posted by: Dolphin 77 | November 16, 2012 at 01:25 PM

You cant clear the entire team... there are contracts lol

Look it that! a Troll policeman.

I just read Mando's pregame blog. Wow that revenge on Wannstedt sure went well, huh?

Well, well, well, I thought the Dolphins were on their way to the playoffs? Now just after three losses everyones back to Fire Ireland, and THill aint the francishe QB. I didnt watch last nights game, I hate football on the NFL channel, those two idiots who announcing the game are to much for me.
Gee, no WRs who can burn the defense, no TEs who can burn the middle of the field. No good RBs except for Bush who now has fumbleitis. Now the OL is showing wear and tear. Now, all of a sudden, no one can block either run or pass plays. Yo Philpin, what the hell is going on, you had'em last. Or maybe Jeffery can shed some light on why the Dolphins look more and more like a middle school football team. Getting bet by Buffalo,,,,EeeeGaddddsss. Well, theres always Tampa Bay Bucs, at least they try.

I'm thinking of buying one of those digital Piano keyboards. As you know, odin, I used to play the Hammond B-3 organ with the Leslie speakers(not as well as Jimmy Smith though). My fingers want some exercise but they are old. What you think?

While we're at it. You can't trade players after the trade deadline. I know shocker...

U see this is the REASON!!!

DASHI WANTED T-HILL TO SIT FOR THE FIRST 8 GAMES!!!!

DURING PRESEASON!!

WE DIDN'T KNOW WHAT T-HILL WAS!! AND WE HAVE A GROUP OF MORONS HERE!!! WHO HAVE BEEN CRYING!! MOORE FOR STARTER!!! DRAFT MATT BARKLEY!!! SINCE TRAINING CAMP!!

MOORE WOULD'VE GOTTEN EXPOSED!!!! AND T-HILL WOULD'VE BEEN GIVEN THE RIGHT!! TO DEVELOP!! AS A QB!! FOR HALF A SEASON!!! WITHOUT THE HYSTERIA!!

BUT THE COACHES!!!! SAW!!!!! THAT MOORE IS NOT EVEN BETTER THAN DEVLIN!!! AND WITH GARRARD GETTING HURT!!

MOORE STUCK! FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR!!!

AGAIN!!!

MATT MOORE HAS NEVER THROWN FOR 300 YDS!!! IN ANY GAME AS A DOLPHIN!!! EVER!!!! SPECIALLY LAST YEAR!!!

MATT MOORE HAS "1"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 300 YARD GAME HIS WHOLE CAREER!!!!!! AND IT WAS LIKE 308 YDS!!! NOT EVEN ON THE HIGH SIDE OF 300!!!! IN 2009!!!

HECK!! EVEN HENNE HAD A 400+ YARD GAME LAST YEAR!!! WHEN THE TEAM WAS PLAYING AGAINST HIM!! AND SPORANO!!!

AND HENNE HAS 7-300+yd Games!! IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF STARTS!!! AS MOORE!!

Even T-Hill in 10 NFL Starts!!! WITH NO WR!! HAS HAD A 400 YD GAME!!! ALREADY!!!

Oscar 11/22 is the Day they killed Kennedy!

The people on this blog keep saying the same thing that Tannehill is still young.

Oh I'm sorry did that Andrew Luck. Did Andrew Luck have the luxury of the same offensive coach and system? NOPE!

Tannehill's mechanics and footwork are terrible. What are these coaching doing!!! Keep starring down receivers too!!

A QB should never be standing upright with no foot movement in the pocket. He does it constantly!!

AHHHHHHHHHHHHH

I know Dashi, it's the day of my Birthday. Can't forget it.

CommonSense
I read that post too about lets see what we can trade bush for lol

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