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Dolphins struggling offense needs to wake up

On Tuesday I reported to you that Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman had a career chat with his players and implored them to overcome the difficulties of the past couple of weeks and make their sons proud.

It was Sherman's way, I guess, of challenging his players.

Well, I challenge Mike Sherman to make necessary corrections and make fans proud -- because the offense the Dolphins have been putting on tape for much of this season, and particularly lately, simply isn't good enough.

Consider:

The Dolphins are averaging 19.2 points per game this season. That is 25th in the NFL.

That is the worst mark in the AFC East so far.

That is worse than a season ago when Miami averaged what we all considered an unacceptable 20.6 points per game.

The Dolphins have not scored a touchdown in six quarters.

The Dolphins are tied with Kansas City for the fewest passing TDs in the NFL (6) so far this season.

This is not good. Fact is, it is terrible because the Dolphins haven't exactly been playing stellar competition. The hard part of the schedule is coming up, believe it or not, after the Buffalo game.

“I think it’s just a lot of things that we just have to execute better," Sherman said. "It’s typical coach talk. We’ve got to execute a lot better. We’ve got to not have penalties. Not turn the ball over. Those things all play a part in it. Got to have good plays. I’ve got to call good plays -- make sure they’re the ones that apply specifically to that defense.

"There’s a lot of reasons, which we have to get fixed. There’s no question. This is unacceptable."

Correct!

Unacceptable.

I cringe at the idea that Miami still has to play against the San Francisco and Seattle defenses.

The situation is frustrating because generally the Miami defense and special teams have been good enough, with the exception of the last two losses to Indianapolis and Tennessee, to provide Miami with a winning team.

So the offense needs to hop on its horse and giddyup.

The Bills, Thursday night's opponent, provide an opportunity. The Bills, to put it diplomatically, stink on defense.

They give up more points (31.7) per game than any other NFL team. They are dead last in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game. Combined, they allow 410 yards per game on the ground and through the air and that's 31st of 32 teams.

So the Bills are possibly a prescription for what ails the Dolphins offense.

Of course, I kind of thought that last week before the Tennessee game.

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IMO Sean Smith plays soft and doesnt stay aggressive. For example when its 3rd and 5 and youre playing 8-10yards off when you have help over the top doesnt make sense. Get up and jamb the WR and dont give him an automatic first down. I think mentally he breaks himself down, his confidence is there sometimes and then it goes away it seems.

As far as Robert Woods goes he is not Jarret or Mike Williams. Those guys both were just bigger and stronger then everyone which is why Keenan Allen from Cal worries me.

Woods has legitimate speed but also the ability to break down on a route and then burst away from defenders. I guess you have to watch it to see what Im talking about. Again, this is the untrained eye but I just happen to watch a ton of college and from what I have seen he is legit in both areas. It's always those big guys that worry me from elite programs.

Ireland - Parcells WHRBS...

I have to admit I found our friend ALoco very funny the other day when he was saying we're in a mess since Bill Parcells left and that was a big mistake. Really? Bill Parcells? Yeah, ok...First off he drafts a LT instead of a franchise QB, brilliant move...And now our "great" LT is on the decline 4 years later...Philip Merling? Driving a school bus somewhere in Missouri...Chad Henne? Can't beat out Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville...Kendall Langford? Gone to St.Louis...Our draft from our 1-15 season, which was so important, has nothing to show for it...Fu** all...And some people think it was a mistake to let him go...Like Keyshawn and ALoco...LOL!!

Who's a worse CB then Sean Smith?

WHRBs, Clay, really??? he was a 6th round pick. I instead say that in 5 years Ireland in the first two rounds added the only four time pro bowler in the NFL drafted since 2008 Jake Long (although it should've been matt Ryan but Jake was 2nd to best player drafted that year), Sean Smith, Odrick, Misi, Pouncey, Thomas, Tannehill, and Martin.

there is probably only one more team getting more use out of their first 2 round picks in that time and that is NEw England and that is more to do with having 16 picks in the top two rounds during that time.

Name another??

There aren't more than 3 or 4. Trust me, i did the research of all 32 teams.

After Parcells the drafts have been good.

Whats your problem with Odrick? Seriously? Shame he got hurt first year, other than that he is solid.

Smith isn't that bad man, compared to other CBs. If he walks in FA he will start somewhere else.

WHRBs,

How is Odrick a miss? Please! What's your definition of a miss? The guy was the 28th pick of the first round, started last year and this and he's a miss. What is it your expecting from this guy? This is what I don't get about you. You put Starks on a 'pedastal' for what and then using the same criteria you say Odrick is a MISS. What's your expectation of a guy who's played 25 games and was picked 28th in the draft. Seriously?

The team has gone downhill every day since Parcells left. I hope some are not saying Ireland is better without Parcells!!!!!!!!!!!!

"WHRBs, if you find a very competent starter with a 2nd round pick at a premium position like CB - that is a hit. There are a lot worse Cbs than Sean Smith in the NFL. A LOT WORSE. That was a very useful pick. And it wasn't even an early 2nd pick. It was the 25th pick of the 2nd I believe."

Mark,

He's been nothing short of inconsistent. I've seen times when he's played well, made tackles, & made plays on the ball BUT I've seen more cases of poor tackling, playing too far off the ball & not breaking up passes, & dropping INT's that fall in his lap.

I believe his re-signing in Miami is still very much up in the air.

WHRBs,

I suggest you take a look at the teams around the NFL and see how they've made out over the last five years with their first two rounds. I'll make it easy for you. Take a look at the Bills, Pats, Raiders, Jets and Saints and compare. See if you see names like Gholston, Maybin, Ingram, Russell and others show up. Might open your eyes to how other teams have done in comparison to the Dolphins.

Tell me who's done better WHRBs, tell me who?

Miami has found two starting tackles (one a four time pro bowler), a starting CB, a strating LB, a starting DE (ok neither are starts but are part of a very good front 7), a pro bowl C, a RB 9avg but useful), and a future franchise QB.

That is a nice five year haul. You obviously have a short memory and don't remember the Saban/Wannstedt/ Johnson drafts to know how tough it is to consistenly find contributors.

"IMO Sean Smith plays soft and doesnt stay aggressive. For example when its 3rd and 5 and youre playing 8-10yards off when you have help over the top doesnt make sense. Get up and jamb the WR and dont give him an automatic first down. I think mentally he breaks himself down, his confidence is there sometimes and then it goes away it seems."

Matty.

No doubt about it. Inconsistent.

Odrick and Sean Smith have both been dissapointing. Odrick, partly due to injury.

Dashi,
I dis agree with you in your 11:17 post about letting Hartline walk. Without a pre season he has been the go to guy for Tannehill. Sometimes the magic between QB and WR is something that just happens. You have Brady and Welker, Montana and Rice, Manning and Harrison Then on the other side Marino had a season with Chris Carter and that combination was a bust. Hartline is the only threat we have Until we find not only a #1 receiver that is on the same page as Tannehill. FA # 1's are only as good as the team they are on. Moss with Brady was not as dominant as Moss and Caulpepper. Just saying. Rookie WR will take about a full season to develope the chemistry with the QB.

On Tonight!!

We Might Have a $100 Million Battle Tonight!! Long Vs Williams!!

Fins 20 - Bills 17

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ONE THING THAT BOTHERS DASHI AFTER THE DEBACLE!!! IS DANSBY HASN'T OWNED UP!! TO WHAT HAPPENED!!!

AS THE LEADER OF THE DEFENSE!!!! U OWN UP TO IT!!

ZACH!!! WOULD'VE OWNED UP!!! TO BEING EMBARRASSED!!! CAME OUT AND SAID IT WOULDN'T HAPPEN AGAIN!!

PHILBIN HAS!!

T-HILL HAS!!

DANSBY HASN'T!!!

HOW COME? THE SELF PROCLAIMED BEST MLB!! IN FOOTBALL!! CAN'T TAKE OWNERSHIP!! OF THE PLAY OF HIS DEFENSE!!!!

Buffalo for one has a bunch of guys in their secondary that were high picks that are coming under a lot of criticism right now. Talk to a Bills fan some time. They want those guys run out of town. Smith is certainly no worse than those guys. Alphonso Smith was a late first/early second pick and just got released this week from his second or third team. There are many guys around the league taken higher than Smith who haven't panned out. How about the kid with NYJ taken in the first round. He's not even talked about any more.

I guess some people expect every pick to be a pro bowler but in reality in the first two rounds over the last five years, only 35 pro bowlers have been drafted. That's out of 160 players drafted or barely one per team.

It's a VERY biased argument guys. Instead of putting our team under the microscope, maybe you need to take a look around the league and find out how many teams are getting it right. We're certainly no worse than most of the teams around the league. Pat White, Turner and even Henne were poor picks but we're not the only teams making them. OPEN YOUR EYES, instead of living in a vacuum.

Matty, WHRBs, a CB in today's NFL when you have marino's passing yardage broken by 3 different QBs is inconsistent? Say it isn't so.

Sean Smith was one of my favorite whipping boys over the years but he has brought some of his A game out this year. He just isn't consistent. He is must re-sign IMO. He has shown progress under this new staff. He did great vs AJ Green and Fitzgerald too bad he had no legs vs AZ on the game tying TD

sorry, my math was wrong at 12:17 it should be out of 320 players drafted. 35 out of 320 or an 11% chance of drafting a pro bowler in rounds one and two.

How is Odrick a miss? Please! What's your definition of a miss? The guy was the 28th pick of the first round, started last year and this and he's a miss. What is it your expecting from this guy? This is what I don't get about you. You put Starks on a 'pedastal' for what and then using the same criteria you say Odrick is a MISS. What's your expectation of a guy who's played 25 games and was picked 28th in the draft. Seriously?

Craig,

You're the guy who keeps saying that we need better pass rushers & a DE. Well, guess what, Odrick is our starting DE opposite Wake!!! If you watch the games you can clearly see that he doesn't get enough pressure on the other team's QB's. We just drafted Olivier Vernon in the 3rd round & he's already a better pass rusher than Odrick. Just watch the damn games!!!

BTW--I don't put Starks on a pedestal. He hasn't played well the last two games but he's been a very good & a very consistent player for us over the past four & half seasons.

How come the Dolphins and the Marlins trade away their best players?

Players worth keeping on the team includes of course Ryan Tannehill, Matt Moore, Lamar Miller, Mike Pouncey, Jonathan Martin, Brian Hartline, maybe Incognito but bring in some competition please. That's it for the offense. On defense, keep Paul Soliai, Randy Starks, Cameron Wake, Jared Odrick, Olivier Vernon, Jimmy Wilson (more for his special teams skills than starting in the secondary) and Rashad Jones. THAT'S IT. Everybody else is can EASILY be replaced or upgraded. Tannehill needs weapons BADLY. Better protection and WRS and TEs who can stretch a defense...Why do you think we can't run the football anymore???

Good stat Mark Toronto!

WHRBs,

Odrick was never drafted to be a pure pass rusher. That wasn't his game in College. I'm not looking for him to do more than he is right now. I don't believe he's a DE but rather better suited to be a DT. My plan would be to move him inside and get rid of Starks. Very good player but he'll want to much money to do what he does and we need more pass rush. I don't have the expectations from Odrick that you do. As the 28th pick of the draft he is FAR from a miss.

I guess nobody remember the Pats drafting of Darius Butler, early second round a couple of years ago. Now a 'fill-in' for Davis three years later. Merriweather? Another high bust pick by the Pats. Do we need to keep going on with busts around the league? Jerry Hughes in Indy? Brandon Graham in Philly? Ryan Matthews in SD?

We Have RBs, Odrick would make more impact plays at the DT position imo...Jared is NOT a DE...Him and Starks are much better at rushing the passer from the inside...We need another natural pass rusher at the DE position...Someone like Wake who's not only very strong but quick and fast...That's what you need at that position...Maybe Vernon is the answer, time will tell...

Matty, WHRBs, a CB in today's NFL when you have marino's passing yardage broken by 3 different QBs is inconsistent? Say it isn't so.

Mark,

Come on...You watch the games. Every CB is going to get beat & have bad days. That's not my issue with Smith. The issue is his lack of aggressiveness, his shoddy tackling, & the easy INT drops.

Bottom line--He's not as good as Will Allen or Andre Goodman were.

Bradley Fletcher of the Rams:

Drafted 66th by them in 2009. 134 tackles and 5 INTs in 3 and a half years. These are the type of comparables we're talking about when it comes to Sean Smith. Are these guys any better?

The only way to beat a team with a great QB is to put some pressure on him...That's the only way...That's how the Giants defeated the Patriots twice in the SB...Remember how the Dolphins always struggled against Marv Levy's Bills? Dan was great, but he always had Bruce Smith, Cornelius Bennett, and the rest of that Bills'defense in his face...Constantly...That's how you get it done. Lately, Miami has had ZERO pressure on opposing QBs...So that's why Andrew Luck and Jake Locker looked like Troy Aikman and Joe Montana...It is a pass happy NFL, but if the QB is always running for his life, it ain't pass happy anymore...It's a nightmare...

Jeff Ireland,

I've been all over the place on this guy. But honestly his last 2 drafts have been pretty good with find contributors to this team. This past draft alone to me was a good draft.

1. Tannehill looks like the real deal to me. Say what you want but he is doing the best he is doing more with less then he should be.

2. Jonathan Martin - he's played like a rookie should at a new postion but has played well for the most part. Take a look around the league and watch these other OT's getting destroyed and although Martin does have bad moments he definitely hold his own.

3. Olivier Vernon - the guy is energy and a great special teams addition thus far. I'd like to see him get more snaps. I like him alot.

4. Egnew - as terrible as his last name. A 3rd rounder to be inactive this long is mind boggling or maybe he just sucks.

5. Lamar Miller - shows flashes but is a good player when given the opportunity, I guess his pass protection is really that bad!

Now look at other teams and see how well their drafts faired round for round. Ireland had a good draft, love him or hate him.

WHRBs, wouldn't you think part of Odrick's lack of production is because he may be playing out of position. he's 305 lbs!!! how many other starting DE's in a 4-3 are that big? he's been stout against the run in his time at DE. be fair in your analysis.

"Odrick was never drafted to be a pure pass rusher. That wasn't his game in College. I'm not looking for him to do more than he is right now. I don't believe he's a DE but rather better suited to be a DT. My plan would be to move him inside and get rid of Starks. Very good player but he'll want to much money to do what he does and we need more pass rush. I don't have the expectations from Odrick that you do. As the 28th pick of the draft he is FAR from a miss."

Craig,

Based on his play for the last year & a half I'd say he's far from a hit too. I'm not saying he's a bad player but as of right now he's just another guy. Worthy of the 28th overall pick??? No. I see more explosion out of Vernon & I'm very excited about this kid's upside.

"Now look at other teams and see how well their drafts faired round for round. Ireland had a good draft, love him or hate him."

Andy,

Agreed. I'd also throw Kheeston Randall into that mix since he's a part of the DT rotation as a rookie.

The Dolphins need more pass rushers and more playmaking defensive backs...But it seems like we say the same thing every freaking year...How long have we been saying we need a playmaking TE? Someone with speed who could stretch the field?

Talk is cheap until they go out there and do it...CONSISTENTLY.

How Many 1st rd Pick and 2nd RD Pick DB's Bust has the Great Ol Bill Bellichek!! Wasted Just Recently(THE LAST 5 YEARS). McCourtney! D.Butler! A.Howling! All the Safeties!!

Heck! S.Smith!! Will Probably be the BEST CORNER ON THE PAT'S!! BY A WIDE MARGIN!!!

Ireland hasn't HIT ON EVERY PICK!!

BUT HE DOESN'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE TWICE!!! WHEN DRAFTING A POSITION!!! THAT IS A REAL GOOD THING!!

Look IT UP!!

PLUS!! ADD THAT IRELAND!! USUALLY IS GOOD FOR FINDING 1 OR 2 PLAYERS OUT OF NOWHERE!! UDFA OR THE CFL!! THIS YEAR!! IT WAS SAMUNDA AND THIGHPEN!! LAST YEAR IT WAS DEVLIN! U HAVE C.WAKE!! D.BESS!!

THE MAN DOES HIS JOB!!

HECK HE EVEN FOUND PHILBIN!!

REMEMBER SPO WAS PARCELLS BOY!!!

IRELAND!!! PUT HIS JOB ON THE LINE!! SIGNING PHILBIN!!

SO FAR IT'S PAYING OFF!!!

"WHRBs, wouldn't you think part of Odrick's lack of production is because he may be playing out of position. he's 305 lbs!!! how many other starting DE's in a 4-3 are that big? he's been stout against the run in his time at DE. be fair in your analysis."

Mark,

This is what I've seen. Odrick's play doesn't consistently 'jump out' to me when I watch the defense. Reminds me of the way Kendall Langford played last year. I've seen bits & pieces from Odrick but not enough. Like I said I prefer Olivier Vernon who does 'jump out' to me @ the other DE spot.

If Starks leaves via FA then we'll see how stout Odrick is against the run when he becomes a DT.

Devlin...Dashi, you ok bro?

WHRBs, in all fairness the Andre Goodman we got in Miami was almost 30 years old and in his prime - same for Will Allen.

Look at Goodman in his early days in Detroit, in a league different than the one we have today as far as passing game goes, he was consistently one of the worst CBs in the game. You'd be surprised he lasted that long in the NFL. Sean is what, 24, 25? he's still a baby and coming along nicely. To give up on him now would be foolish only to see him play his best years elsewhere. You can do a whole lot worse than Sean Smith - both considering where he was drafted and where he stands among other CBs in the NFL.

He was also part of PFF's All AFC East Midseason Team which shows he's no plug.

Craig, I wonder if your some sort of fan boy for Jeff Ireland. I felt he needed to be fired before the season and he still needs to be fired the dude sucks at drafting players. The dline havent got any pressure on the QB since game 3, the LB's are overratted as Da S H I T always post, the secondary has been tourched all season, we have no playmakers on offense and I wouldnt be surprised if we loss to the Bills.

If you get your nose ouuta Ireland a s s, youll realize he sucks kiddo. Think your a big tough guy who wants to threaten ppl over the internet your a dip S h i t!

Justin Hunter has 18 catches for 322 yrds and 4 tds in his last two games...

Awesome debate in here today guys. We may not always agree but the discussion is excellent. nice not to have trolls around.

WHRBs, agreed , can't fully grade Odrick until we see him play inside. Definitely Vernon has more explosion on the outside but I think that is supposed to be expected. Not everyone is Reggie White who could play outside at that size.

"WHRBs, in all fairness the Andre Goodman we got in Miami was almost 30 years old and in his prime - same for Will Allen."

I miss them.

The Dolphins should re-sign Starks. Soliai is a non factor on 3rd and long and he often gets off the field anyway. We need Odrick and Starks in the middle on passing plays, with Wake and another pass rushing DE on the other side...It could be Vernon, time will tell...

CLue,

Yeah that's exactly it....I'm a fanboy of Jeff Ireland. Couldn't care less about how the team does, as long as Jeff has his job. Well done! Seriously dude, your comment was 'Ireland should be fired because Egnew hasn't seen the field as a third round pick' and I called you out on your comment 'cause it seems like he's hit on his other 4 picks. The best you can come back with is 'you seem like his fanboy'. Seriously dude, you made the comment, defend your point...if you can.

Prediction--If we run the ball at least 25 times we'll win. If not we'll lose.

4-5 homers, 4-5.
another losing season.
7-9.7-9.6-10.4-12.

We Have RBs,

Good point on Randall.

All in all it was a productive draft top to bottom. He missed on Egnew so far and I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for droopy dog to develop but hitting on QB was key and yes Tannehill is good and will get better and better for any haters.

I like Vernon I expect more and more from him as his Dolphins career continues. He has found a way to make an impact.

Clue,

You make the dumb comment and then the best you can do is come back at attacking people. Yeah great re-buttal dude! You would have made one Hell of a lawyer.

beerphin, thanks for that Hunter update. That's more like it. He was average production wise up until recently. I like the guy and if he was a Dolphin I'd be happy - just want to see some production which was lacking for a stretch.

One more thing...Jimmy Wilson is an excellent blitzer...Out of all our defensive backs, he can probably blitz better than the rest of them...Coyle, let him loose man!!

Craig M , Your your really that nieve to take everything I post 100% serious then your a bigger fool than I thought. How many times have you posted irrational things on this board, many times! Ppl call you out on it so please stop being such a big baby. And like I said before because you only read what you want to, IMO Ireland needed to be fired before the season I havent changed my mind like the flip flopper you are.

Andy,

Vernon is an ascending player. There were scouts who said that he & Miller could be "steals" in this draft.

IMO--It's definitely Miller time. What have we got to lose???

WHRBs,

This is what frustrates me with you. First you list Odrick as a 'miss'. Then when we debate it a bit you say, 'he's not terrible but he's hardly a hit'. I'm not saying he's a hit. I'm saying for a guy taken as the 28th pick in the draft, who missed his rookie season because of injury, he's contributed. If we did that more often than not we'd have a decent team. We're paying for the Henne experiment not panning out, for the wasted Pat White pick, for the two seconds for Marshall and picks like Patrick Turner. Odrick is the least of our worries.

Unless Starks offers up a discount like Soliai it just makes more sense to go with Odrick inside. He is obviously not best suited to be a 4-3 DE. I agree on Vernon too... He has earned more playing time IMO.

Montreal, that is one way to go as far as Starks and Odrick in the middle and I've thought the same thing. Would make the defense a lot more athletic but more prone to the run. Soliai is a beast in there though. Crushes interior lines and would be one of those players you'd miss only after he's gone like Bowens and Gardner. It's a tough call and why Ireland and Philbin make the big bucks.

Clue,

Now I'm a flip-flopper? Do you even know what the word means, bud? Did you see it written on here and just decide to through it? You make your dumbass comment, someone calls you out on it and then the best you can do is call people names. Good job!

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