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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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I know you have to run the ball to run block Opti. I was just saying 3 of our 5 starting oline dont fit the scheme and thats partly why they are struggling. Also zone blocking pertains to pass plays as well.its not just go out there and block a guy.Im not excusing Longs bad play though due to scheme. He obviously isnt right physically.I personally want miami to run miller more. So what if he cant block. Its not like reggie or thomas are doing any better.

Kris,

Didn't you guarantee me a 13 point victory over the Colts for my birthday? Didn't you guarantee me a victory over the Titans? I also thought you had the team winning last night.

I'm kind of surprised to hear some of these other comments your making. Maybe DC can back me up on this but I was pretty sure you were of the opinion we were on our way and were getting of giving some of us a hard time for picking such a lowly record. Am I wrong?

3 things are for sure. Death,taxes and more Ireland busts! LMAO!

Craig, no doubt they are ridiculous and I agree on play he was way off on Johnson but that was because Rashad Jones was on the line of scrimmage so he had no safety help deep. It was the safe play. Limiting a pro bowl receiver to 79 yards on their turf did not even come close to causing Miami to lose the game.

Some people are just retarded. Nothing else to say.

Craig M.....

when you complete LESS than 50% of your passes...throw for LESS than 200 yards....and throw 2 PICKS in LESS THAN 2 FOOTBALL MIN (the last 2 MIN BTW)....

you get a BIG FAT F.....

what curve are you grading on....

oscar,

You're dead right. Pioloi went to KC with the label of 'genius'. Talk to a Chiefs fan and they'll tell you they want him gone. AJ Smith could do no wrong a few years ago. Chargers fans want him out of town with Turner ASAP.

It's a fickle business, man. Ireland gets ripped here but it won't be long before the new guy gets ripped too. Nature of the business.

Even factoring in the penalty that was what, 85 yards conceeded to a pro bowl WR??? Wow, tough crwod.

I know this deborah from somewhere...

Tannehill lost the game. 3 n out every friggin series. The only way we could muster a 1st down was by penalty. Pathetic QB again.

Craig M.....

I was HIGH on the FINS before the season started....and LOVED them @ 2-2....

But as I saw the team losing games that I FELT they shouldn't have.....and looking forward to the tougher schedule that is on us now....

The writing was on the WALL.....

and this blog if you check back a bit.....

Yea, I'm gonna have to side with truth on this arguement.

Jones sure was out of position when he broke up the goaline throw to Chandler wasn't he, Craig? You know the play after Smith had the PI in the end zone?

Maybe Jones was out of position when he made 3 stops behind the line. Jones was all over the place last night.

Do us all a favor and speak of what you can actually back up with proof! That should quite you down quite a bit!

Craig, will have to agree with Kris, Tannehill was horrible yesterday. So demoralizing to see what he's done over the last two games. He needs to be the guy we saw for most part of the year. This guy over the last two weeks doesn't belong on an NFL team, no excuses.

Kris,

The OL was HORRIBLE all night. You want to judge Tannehill on his line but I'm telling you that wasn't the story of the night. The OL were manhandled all night. Tannehill had NO chance. Even the fans around us couldn;t believe how well their DL played. It's been MIA all night.

I know you don't necessarily believe this Kris but a QB can't do it by himself. Our OL is shyte right now and that should be the biggest concern. How did this happen?

Craig M.....

This has been the case for over a MONTH now(horrible OL play)....

Thats why I started easing off the wagon....

With the...

HAWKS
PATS
49ers

comming up......

we may not win another game....and I'm not sure we should.....

Well, it is true, they scored no TDs on our D and Jones was playing great.

Horrible DL play as well...


Some people are just retarded. Nothing else to say.

Posted by: Mark in Toronto | November 16, 2012 at 04:34 PM

This is funny! I'm retarded? And what does that say about you & capt. dumbo who think Smith had a great game while giving up 6 of 9 completions & 1 PI in the end zone. That essentially is 78% completion percentage.

Mark, are you too dumb to know that with 6 seconds left from the 8 yard line they would automatically settle for 3 but when giving up a PI and getting the ball at the 1 opens up the possibility for an additional play to score 7?

And you say I'm retarded? LMAO POT MEET KETTLE!

Guys,

Last point on this subject. Sometimes TV doesn't show you what's actually happening in person. Yes Jones was all over the place last night but he was always 2-3 steps behind and sometimes out of position. Spiller ran on the D last night and Jones was one of those guys. Not saying he as the worst guy out there but he definitely wasn't the best. Smith was one of the guys I watched closely last night and he had Johnson blanketed for most of the night. If you guys can tell me otherwise from your living room then you're watching a different game than me.

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Truth Hurts,

I guess simply looking at the boxscore makes you an expert. How do you come up with a 78 per completion percentage on Smith? Did you make that up?

How about the number of times that Fitzpatrick didn't thrown to Johnson because he was covered? Yeah EXACTLY....that doesn't show up in any boxscore.

Would love to know how you come up with this 78 percent completion thing you're coming up with.

Truth. Do you know what happens if you limit the other team to 168 yards passing, their star RB to less than 100 yards, and no touchdowns for the entire team every week???

LET ME SPOON FEED IT TO YOU RETARD, THAT PUTS YOU IN PRIME POSITION TO WIN EVERY GAME!!

No charge for this lesson of hooked phonics for football retards. It was brought to you by your friendly neighbour to the north.

Mark,

There was a stat that this was the first game won without an offensive touchdown in quite some time. Can't remember if it was the NFL or Bills but that's pretty substantial in itself. Somehow, the fact that the Dolphins limited the Bills to 4 FGs and kick return, means Sean Smith had a bad game. Figure that one out?

Craig,

Smith shadowed Johnson all game. How do i come up with 78%? EASY!

6 or 9 attempts were completed. Factor in the PI & it's 7 of 9. 78% COMMON FRIGGIN SENSE BRO!

Johnson was targeted on 33% of Fitz's throws. I watched the game. Johnson was NOT blanketed, he was open. Most times WIDE OPEN.

If Smith was SOOOOOO GOOD in coverage, you have to wonder why Johns was able to catch 6 of 9 & get a PI on the other?

Yea, blanket coverage doesn't equate to over 70% completion percentage!

Please, get a clue. You may have watched a game but, not the one you were there to see.

Mark, on the flip side my dumb friend from the north, when your top CB gives up 7 of 9 completions, you wont win any games.

Craig, yeah, obviously Sean Smith gave up the game for the Dolphins yesterday somehow. Not syaing it was a hall of fame performance but it's not exactly like Johnson was a factor in the outcome.

Even with how horrendous our offense was yesterrday, we still had a chance to win the game at the end. If we held everyone to 19 points, we'd be in the playoffs, probably even a top 2 seed.

yet, Sean Smith should be villified for his performance yesterday on the road on four days rest.

Some people's children, what can you say???

anthropos=man, morph=form. I love Anthropology.

So because you watched the game from your living room you saw the coverage on Johnson all night, is that right Truth? Did they not show any of the other action? They simply focussed all of the cameras on Smith and Johnson ALL night? Wow, must have been a lot of fun to watch.

Good that you saw what I saw. So if Johnson was 'most times WIDE OPEN', how come he only caught the ball six times? That make ANY sense to anyone else?

Something tells me you have a hard time telling the truth, Truth.

@4:59, he gave up 7 receptions for an average of 9 yards. Since when does that lose you a game???

Go kill yourself already. Waste of space you are.

Truth,

You talk a lot of SHYTE. I'll call Sean Smith out when he needs to be called out but last night wasn't one of those nights.

A little objectivity might not hurt you, bud. Thanks for entertaining us....LOL.

So Bess got 50 yards and a touchdown, more impact than Johnson made. Did that Buffalo corner play horribly??

What a jabroni ....

If Johnson has been 'open all night', as Truth suggests, Johnson would have had a Hell of a lot more than 6 catches and Fitz would have had a Hell of a lot more than 165 yards passing. None of what he says adds up. It's a guy that has an axe to grind with Sean Smith and he can't be objective.

As a side note, it was nice to see a many Dolphins fans with their gear on last night. Probably more than show up for a game in Miami....LOL.

Yeah Craig, there are a lot of us around - but we're getting older, haha.

The most insightful blogger that knows my team, Home
was right about firing Ireland, trading corner Smith long ago,not drafting or starting Tannehill, not hiring Sherman, exposed RT Martin right out of the gate for being too weak, Egnew was terrible trade compensation for B-Marsh, Vernon is a very good St player but was the worst pick of all pass rushers in the draft, both WRs drafted suck, Kaddu is not NFL material and O'drick is a non factor that embarrasses the team with his Ggay pedophile sack dance after making one play on 253 snaps.

These were the issues that Home brought to the table and pounded the table to do something about.

Apparently Home as looney as he is, was spot on about the team and had everything covered before the season even started, just like me .....

Joe Philbin's hairpiece

Home, how's your boyfriend Tim Tebow and your mistress cam newton doing?


POSER

Mark,
Home has not posted in awhile here,since the loss.

Mark,
If you looking for a date with Tim Tebow i don't think you have a shot.
Tebow does not like weak, pasty little Canadian office boys with skid marks, that pull their pud to gay publications and are too stupid to work for themselves.

Mark you will have to gain settle for ugly Canadian 11 yr old boys with big noses and little PPs

Mark,
Sorry Tebow has a girlfriend so you cannot ssucckkkkk his dddicckk tonight. lol

Mark likes to ssucckkk my black ddiccckkkk and drink me!

Mark like to rim my brown fecees chunky hole! LMAO!

Who's Home, sweetheart!???

Can I at least borrow some of the shirtless Tim Tebow posters yur rip it to every night you middle aged fukk?

I already gave them to you after you spewed on them sweety. Meet me at same gay bar tonight, Mark. need more head from you!

Mark from Toronto gives the best head.
He loves my creamy dreamy big black ddiiccckkk in his little mouth and aaasssss~

ROTFLMAO at ALoco's comments on my marky!
funny and true

Why is it That Truth only comes out? When The Dolphins are in full on TANK mode!!

That's The Truth! Truth!

The Overlord Knows that You ARE HOME All The Time with Oscar!! Posting on Blogs and Watching back to back Marathons of JERSEY SHORE!!

Overlord only has one Question?

Who's Snooki and Who's JWOWW?

can we please fire ireland

None of u get it yet. I've heard Ross threatened the entire team to lay an egg since he is still pissed Obama won! LOL

Horrible QB play. Worse then Henne.

Shy is everyone saying Ireland is a "good scout?" What have the Cowboys won recently?
I believe, like teams such as the bengals, our Dolphins play UP to the competition, and DOWN to the competition.
I will wager that we will play MUCH better against teams like the Patriots./
I have no idea why this sort of axiom is true, but for whatever reason, some teams have this mentality.

I have to believe it starts at the top.
My problem with the Bills game is the way we were pushed around.
I would NEVER want tony back, but by gosh, we hardly ever got pushed around, and were known as a physical team. Not now.

How bad was our tackling against the BIlls? In one word, unacceptable for professionals.
How many times did we have a possible negative yardage stop,only to see Dansby, or someone else juked out of their high tops? And when we did hit someone, it was 4-5 yards past the line of scrimmage.

This sends a message to the other team that wee are soft, and their receivers become Jerry Rice, fearless.

IMO, THAT is our biggest issue, not Tannehill, nor our rb's, receivers, or anything else.
Until our players hit first and ask questions later, we will be what we are.

Why, not "Shy."

Ha...unacceptable by professionals...3 words. LOL
Just so frustrated by something we could fix with an injection of football testosterone.

..Wow..What a game last night? I apoligize if anything I write here has already been debated, or these points made. Usually I read all the posts in a thread..But not today. I don't want to even try and imagine some of the nonesense written since last night loss.

I'm sure that the 99 percent of Phin fans are concerned about the offense. Since the first half of the Colt game we have scored 13 offensive points. Last night was a brutal watch. We were absolutley dominated on the offensive side. I know this is not breaking news, but this team desperatley needs some recievers to help out. Mayock made a point that we are always in a "Red Zone" situation with the lack of speed at the position. I'm sure Tv doesn't ell the story, and Tannehill needs to be better. But I would bet that we were absolutley blanketed last night. Nowhere to throw.

Also..Jake Long looked bad again. Jon Martin is a rookie. If Tannehill gets a pass, Martin certainly gets one as well. He has been at times very good, at times, not so much?? He had a very tough task last night. A learning experience for sure.

Finally..A month ago I wrote I thought that it would be a poor idea to re-sign Reggie Bush. This was after the Jet game in fact. Folks responded with some strong opinions about how I was nuts, and "didn't understand footbal" Perhaps. But it is clear as day he will not be a Phin next year. This IMO is a BLESSING for this team.. I know his poor play has hurt the team. But a big year would have made it hard for the FO to make a decision about him..The fan base(as evident by peoples opinions a month ago) would have been up in arms..Now we can split with no hard feelings, and move on with a younger stable of backs.

End the Tannehill experiment.

This game was poorly coached. Bad decisions, bad game plan, bad execution. And if you bench your best player for one fumble, why not bench the guy who gave up 4 first downs on pass interference. That's bad coaching. I don't believe in Philbin as a HC.

...I maybe in the minority today. But I think our defense played pretty well last night. WE HAVE TO CAPITALIZE on our opportunities when they present themselves. That did not happen last night. But as a group. They kept us in the game, and we did have a chance to win the game. Nolan Carrol had a tough night, a few of those penalties looked ticky tack IMO. By the book no doubt. But it seemed Buffalo was getting awat with a bit more..I'm not blaming the refs. We dug oursleves in a hole that we could not get out of..

One thing we talked about before the season. And I like to re-visit these opinions. Were thing we wanted to see as far as improvement by this team. Well 4th Crunch time performance was one. As a team, we still have issues finishing games. Who to blame is either here nor there...We had an opportunity to win late, and again came up short. This needs to change before the club can take a step to being contenders.

Carpenter probably sealed his fate as gone IMO..Make a kick.

....I bet there were a ton of cries for Matt Moore last night, into today. IMO this makes no sense. This team made its bed naming Tannehill the starter. Now we have to lay in it. Pulling Tannehill at this point does nothing IMO, and should not even be considered at this point. I don't get to brake down the film, I don't understand the scheme as it relates to each game, or who is missing assignments. Television tells half the story, and until you are in a meeting room discussing the tape. We can only make snap judgements made on things we may not even understand. I'm not calling anyone dumb, or out of line. Even the broadcast tells you we stink right now. But on a busted play. Can anyone explain why, or who was responsible? Probably not every time. So, if it makes you feel better to single out a player as the scapegoat, or if you believe Moore gives us a better chance(he may) I think it is in the best interest of the team to stick with our young guys and let the chips fall as they will.

DD,

I was at the game last night and both lines were dominated by the Bills. The OL let their defence into our back field all night long. There was nowhere for the backs to run. So I don't think we're getting a true representation of Bush or anyone else right now.

On top of all that nobody got close to Fitz all night, with the exception of Wake. All very frustrating. Isn't this where we've spent lots of our efforts to upgrade. It's very discouraging to see the team playing like this right now.

..Craig M...Cool. You were at the game. You saw the whole field. How did the recievers do? I said I thought that they were not getting ANY seperation. m I wrong? I also did have a chance to read some of the posts from this thread. You said that Jones performance wasn't as it may have appeared on TV..I trust your opinion. It looked to me that last night he was the best player on the field for us. You say otherwise. Being there definitley gives you an advantage that I was talking about earlier, that perhaps TV doesn't

If you bench your best player for one fumble, why not bench the guy who gave up 3 INT's. That's bad coaching.


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