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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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"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!!"

Montreal,

Best blitzer in the secondary has to be Jones.

Mark,

If it's between Soliai and Starks, I'm keeping Soliai. You're right the guy is a beast. Guys aren't running on us because he plugs the middle so well. Tough to see a guy like Starks go but it's about the money and the fact that we have a sore need for a pass rusher.

Mark, I guess you'll be at the game tonight?

"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."

Look...In all fairness to Odrick b/c of his injury he's only played a year & a half so it's too early to say that he was a complete 'miss.' However I will say that it's also too early to say that he was a 'hit'.

When you take a guy 28th overall the expectation for that guy is to become a stand out player which he has not been. Fair enough???

We Have RBs, I'm a Rashad Jones fan. He's a pretty good blitzer as well, but I prefer Wilson. Jones is much better is pass coverage tho...Probably the only 2 defensive backs worth keeping on the roster...

Justin Hunter has 979 yrds on the season and currently 15th ihn the enitre nation in rec. yrds

Theres maybe 2 or 3 WR ahead of him when you consider the conferences they all play in relatively.

Marquise Lee is leading with 1400+... ridiculous too bad he's a sophmore this year though. Not sure if he redshirted or not.

See Kris, you got yourself all excited about the squad, now they are letting you down (again). That's why I took the approach I did this Season. More realistic. Less "fan rose colored glasses".

But you're right, if we go 4-12, after the progress I saw at the beginning of the Season, then I too will be disappointed. However, I'll agree with the others on the "bad teams" argument. First off, AZ was undefeated if I remember correctly when we played them. Sure, they've come back to Earth, but they were on a roll (they say it's all about timing in the NFL). Next Jets, should have been a win, but they are a division rival, so records and stats go out the door, it's always anyone's guess in those games (that's how subpar Dolphins teams in the past were able to beat the Patriots). Also, that was not Tannehill's fault (more on Carpenter) and so I still consider that progress when it comes to the future (as long as THill improves, we have a bright future). Indy is on a roll, so again, timing, and we were barely beaten, in that game pretty much the whole way. Again, we didn't get much help from the defense there, so not all on THill's shoulders.

Titans, I'll give it to you, THill sucked, and was embarrassed (but so was everyone else).

We'll have to see how they respond. It will tell us a lot about the future. Not just players, but Coaches too. We need the right strategy to win if we have a talent deficit, so it'll be important to see what calls are made and if the team is put in a position to win or not.

Everybody enjoy the game tonight...I'm out! Go Fins!!!

Terrance Williams is the other guy standing out... WR from Baylor has 1400+ yrds as well. He's currently 2nd in the nation behind Lee.

I see him being a better option than Woods for a west coast fit...

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.

Beerphin,

Since it's a rebuilding year might as well kick Odrick inside now & add him to the rotation at DT. Personally I'd like to see what he's made of playing inside. It also allows Vernon & Shelby to play DE.

1st.. Why even respond to Clue. He just post stupid rantings to start an arguement and then supports it under 5 different names.

I think Smith is worth keeping as well. No he isn't Champ Baily (not many are), but he is above average. Does his play slip from time to time, yes (every corner gets beat NFL.com had a good article the other day on it actually).

There is no way they will find two corners better for cheaper, you could draft two CBs but then you don't fix other issues. I'd keep Smith, Carrol, and Wilson. They are all improving and Coyle is a great DB coach, they will only get better. Don't forget the secondary is down a man from the start of the season.

WHRBs,

I'll agree it's too early to see what Odrick truly he is. He's in the 'undecided' category right now. To me we have too many guy on the line doing the same thing. I think we're still feeling our way from a 3-4 transition to a 4-3 transition. That's why I'm banging the drum loudly for a DE/OLB to play opposite Wake. It's what this defence needs. I'm a Starks fan, no question, but i just don't see it being the right fit going forward. Just MO.

Terrance Williams is the other guy standing out... WR from Baylor has 1400+ yrds as well. He's currently 2nd in the nation behind Lee.

I see him being a better option than Woods for a west coast fit...

Beerphin,

Have you seen this kid DeAndre Hopkins on Clemson play??? Heck of an athlete.

CommonSense,

Good points. This is why I don't want TWO CBs picked in the draft. There's enough there right now and with the right guy added we could be fine back there. My approach is to draft a top safety (I like McDonald from USC) and I think guys would be amazed at how much better the corners would play with a competent safety back there. Jones is OK, but not sure anyone would call him a star. Again, I think he'd play even better with a top safety playing beside him. Drafting two corners does little to nothing for this defence. It's just two more guys running around out there.

Craig M, yesterday you threaten to meet me somewhere and punch me in my face so Im not the one who being the fake internet tough guy. As many dumb comments as you post Ill be here all day calling you out on them.

nah I haven't seen any Clemson games this year actually but I hear he is good and he ranked at the top of the nation. Clemson has a running back prospect too I tink...

Mark In Toronto,
Yes inconsistent is his issue from my perspective. His aggressiveness is up and down. You can tell when he has gotten beat mentally. My example earlier was when you play off a guy 10 yards and they only need 5 for a first down, thats you doubting yourself that you dont want to get beat deep. He is a middle of the road DB, I think Coyle has done him good and I would like to see him back so he further developes. But yes he is inconsistent. Those three QBs you talked about breaking Marinos records, how many times this year have we played those types of QB's? Im not bashing the kid just being real about him.

I'll agree it's too early to see what Odrick truly he is. He's in the 'undecided' category right now. To me we have too many guy on the line doing the same thing. I think we're still feeling our way from a 3-4 transition to a 4-3 transition. That's why I'm banging the drum loudly for a DE/OLB to play opposite Wake. It's what this defence needs. I'm a Starks fan, no question, but i just don't see it being the right fit going forward. Just MO.

Craig,

Then bang your drum outside of Ireland's office b/c no one here has the power to draft a pass rusher. LOL!!!

Starks can definitely play DT in a 4-3 or DE in a 3-4. I believe the decision to keep Starks will solely come down to money.

my gf was a UCLA bruin and is siked for the USC game this sat... I'm watching the wideouts for USC and the running back for UCLA in that one. Jonathan Franklin... Don't sleep on this kid. I guarantee he'll be in the discussion when talking best backs in the draft this year...

USC's QB's and receivers always seem to disappointed based off of the hype they have coming out of college.

Montreal, I wont but Craig will represent the blog. I wouldnt be back home until 4 am and things are way too hairy here at work to be able to afford that.

Yes inconsistent is his issue from my perspective. His aggressiveness is up and down. You can tell when he has gotten beat mentally. My example earlier was when you play off a guy 10 yards and they only need 5 for a first down, thats you doubting yourself that you dont want to get beat deep. He is a middle of the road DB, I think Coyle has done him good and I would like to see him back so he further developes. But yes he is inconsistent. Those three QBs you talked about breaking Marinos records, how many times this year have we played those types of QB's? Im not bashing the kid just being real about him.

Matty,

My problem with Smith goes beyond getting beat in one-on-one b/c this is the NFL & those guys get paid too so that's going to happen.

I agree with you on the soft coverage & playing too far off the receiver but what about the missed tackles & the dropped INT's??? If you're going to get lit up by Luck & his receivers then AT LEAST redeem yourself when you have the opportunity. That dropped INT was inexplicable & it's sure as hell not the first time he has dropped easy INT's. This bothers me more than just getting beat.

USC's QB's and receivers always seem to disappointed based off of the hype they have coming out of college.

Matt,

'System' guys. Their RB's too.

Clue,

My conversation was with beerphin yesterday. So are you saying that you guys are one and the same? If you're not then what the f8ck are you talking about?

just looked into Hopkins a lil bit. He seems like a playmaker but I'm a lil worried about his size in the NFL. Again I haven't seen him play in a game so I'm going off a couple highlights. So don't read into that at all.

LOL we are not one and the same... please don't insult me like that. C'mon man that's gotta be pretty obvious.

We Have RBs,

I still like Bush but don't get why Daniel Thomas is the next guy up. I understand change of pace and all but I agree it needs to be Miller time more often at least. They have done very little with his speed other then off tackle runs. What ever happened to the screen pass, shovel pass with getting Bush and Miller in space. I see a bunch of deep progressions even on obvious run downs or what should be obvious runs downs and teams are pressing the line of scrimmage. I understand you can hit a big play by passing but the staff should also recognize that they dont have that sort of personel.

beerphin,

Then what the Hell is he talking about? Strange dude!

WHRBs, all that you say on Smith is true. Inconsistent, doesn't catch the INTS, poor tackler, soft in coverage. I'll agree with all that. But I think he's had horrible coaching since he's been in the NFL. Where's the accountability? Where's the guys teaching technique etc? I think Coyle is that guy. For that reason and the fact that Smith is a good athlete and has good size, I'd bring him back. If someone has another solution that wouldn't break the bank or cost us another draft pick, then I'd be open to it.

Anyways guys, I have to get back to work and get ready for the game. Enjoy tonight and pray to God it's not like Sunday's game. I'll by with the enemy tonight, so hopefully I'll make it out alive and we'll be all be in good moods tomorrow, celebrating a victory.

honestly with the way Bush has played since the st Jets game it wouldn't surprise me if he only got 5 carries this game again. Regardless of fumbling believe Philbin when he says it was the plan all along to use all three backs. I think he has seen enough of Reggie right now and Thomas has run the ball better in the few chances he's gotten. I don't think Philbn likes all the dancing behind the line of scrimmage and loss of yards.

I'm not sure they need to draft a pass rusher for the DL. They have Wake and I think Vernon is going to end up being very good at that position.

I think they need to generate more of a pass rush with the LBs and play calling. If the secondary is the Ds weakness (which I think everyone agrees) you have to try and shelter it somehow.

WHRB's
I agree with you on that as well. Maybe we should get the Chargers towel boy so he can give our DB's stickem in their towels during TO's lol

Why does Thomas get so much disrespect in here. His yard average isn't bad, on almost every run he has 2nd effot and the dude always seems to fall forward. I really don't get why people are so disgruntled with him. Only knock I can see is the turnovers, but he has been good in that department lately.

I wouldn't be worried if bush goes away and next year the backfield is Thomas/Miller.

yawn

Craig your a got daym liar

Don't get me wrong I'm a S Smith fan but how many ints has this guy dropped in his career? I don't mean ridiculous int catches I'm talking about the ones that hit him in the hands. He'd be a superstar I bet if he just caught the ball! i dunno but it seems that way anyways...

The biggest knock on him is it seems that he is always just one step away from breaking a big play and that he goes down after one hit.
I think alot of people want to not like him because Ireland traded up to get him and he hasnt rushed for 3000 yards in a season yet..
I like the kid and he is a decent back and am with you that I wouldnt mind seeing Thomas Miller next year


Clue!!

When U and ur Buddies!! Are Putting Moore!! On the Same List!! As Marino! And JT!!! (Look at the last post!)

Who NEEDS TO STFU!!! (And Trust Me!! Dashi can make U STFU!!! Beat U into a Pulp!! Until U live like a Vegetable for the rest of ur life!! So stop trying to act Tuff!! Big Guy!!)

U Twitter Thugs!! Amaze Me!!

Always on Edge!! STEP BACK FOOL!!!

This Ain't the Real World!! Cause after the first sign of disrespect!! I would've slapped the taste out ur MOUTH!!

Stick To Football! PUNK!!

Posted by: Dashi | November 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Shut up you doofus. You & Odin are the biggest sh*t stains on this once proud blog.

beerphin,

you're dead on with Sean Smith dropping balls. I think his biggest problem early on was he that he wasn't a student of the game. The game moved to fast for him so he couldn't just catch a ball because he was thinking too much. Now I don't know if he will ever fully get it but he has played much better and confident this year. He hasn't had as many painful drops to watch, I hope he gets a few more chances this year to see if he can pull them in.

Mando, do you believe in miracles? This offense can't improve because the capacity isn't there.

This is the least talented O in the league. MAYBE the Jets give us a run for our money there & look how bad they are every week? They don't improve either!

No REAL WR threats. Hartline is a servicable #2 & Bess a decent #3.

No Real TE threat. God, Egnew has to be as dumb as a 2x4 to not crack this lineup.

Oline? Martin & Long are leaky as heck & Pouncey is the only stallworth these days.

Bush & Thomas are BOTH injury / fumble prone. Time to give Miller EXTENSIVE LOOKS.

Improve? In La La land, improvement is possible. In the REAL WORLD, this is the best it gets.

He has atleast 4 drops this year I'm pretty sure alone... he'd be leading the league in ints if he just learned how to catch... smh. Atleast he is in the right area to make a play on the ball... silver lining

Game day. Mando nowhere to be found.

Yeah I don't think anyone can argue about Smith dropping INTs. Man if him and Davis caught all the INTs they dropped the last two years Sparano might not be Tebows waterboy : )

I hear ya matty, hard to expect the guy to get those rushing totals when he isn't the #1 guy though.

We don't need "decent backs." We need winners who make their team win games.

Daniel Thomas,

I am not a fan of his, yet. He is ver 230 lbs yet runs like he is 200. He falls on first contact much like a latter day Ronnie Brown is who he reminds me of. Instead of lowering his head and dipping his shoulder for the extra couple of yards or for a first down he stops to make a move except his abiltiy to make people miss is terrible much like most 230 plus guys. He isn't some small shifty back and yet he tries to be one.

And as far as his average is concerned he is terrible!
In games Miami wins he averages 2.8 which means he was a non-factor. In games Miami loses he averages 3.8 which tells me the difference is when Miami loses it's garbage time yards.

Today is GAME DAY!!!

Where is the enthusiasm???
Where is the excitement???

What is with all of the complaining and negativity???

If the players were to come on this blog right now and read what is on this page how are they going to feel?

Cut the Crap.

Stop talking about Smith's balls.

Talk about Reggie Bush cutbacks at the second level that lead to 30 yard gains.

Talk about frozen ropes fired into tight coverage that give the WR a chance to make a play.

Talk about a Cam Wake strip sack.

C'mon get with the program!

Who cares about S. Smith? ASSUME he did make a few more int's every year. Big deal!

He makes more than that many mistakes in 1 game!

How many critical 3rd or 4th down passes has he prevented?

How many times has he not played the ball or turned the wrong way & given up TD's & huge plays?

S. Smith makes MULTIPLE bad plays per game which cost us MUCH MORE every game than an additional 3 or 4 int's he drops.

S. Smith was, is & will always be CRAP! IF Ireland pays him big time money in the offseason, he should be shot.

Truth Hurts,

Think about this that if Sean Smith made a few more ints that would less chances of him being on the field to get beat as well. In the NFL the defense is a unit and if this unit made more plays every player involved looks better.

The entire Dolphins organization from top to bottom is pure garbage.

hate it when you or others say the tough part of the schedule is coming up "after" tonight's game .... TONIGHT IS A TOUGH GAME!!! it's against a division rival.... i bet we have a better chance winning against Seattle or the 49ers. You always play better against teams you think are the best in the NFL.. and i expect us to win at least one of them games ... this game is a totally different game.. on national TV against a Rival... a lot harder if you ask me.

Andy, S. Smith thinks he's elite. Anyone with half a brain knows he's an average #2 Cb.

He will want top money & isn't worth anything close to that.

Unless you pay top dollar for terrible ball skills, bad hands, poor change of direction & trailing every deep pass thrown your way.

If you did, S. Smith would be a beast!

Dashi, because Dansby is a thug ghetto type, dig? You can take a thug out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of the thug. Basically he's a man child. He literally has the intelligence of an ape and the maturity of a 6 year old boy. There are many like him who are millionaires thanks to sports. Charles Barkley, Warren Sapp come to mind. OJ Simpson. The list goes on. Lawrence Taylor (not that Dansby can perform like him on the field, but Taylor was high on coke). I am using the word "thug" as a substitute for a word that I am not permitted by society to use, even though everyone knows one when they see one.

Truth Hurts,

I don't think he is worth big money and surely he won't get it. If he is seeking big money he will have to go else where because Ireland won't over spend like his predecessor Parcells did with Dansby who is way over paid and Marshall who is back to old form with his buddy Cutler.

Jeffrow, saying the Bills are tough is the same as saying we stink. The Bills will be tough LOL.

I'm saying they should keep smith, but if he wants to get paid top CB money then Truth Hurts is 100% correct. He should be walking out the door.

The same ghetto mentality caused Sean Smith and Vontae Davis (not longer with the team) to declare before last season that they were the best CB duo in the NFL.

Dont worry. Cheapo Ross isnt paying big money to anyone!!!!

Jeffrow @2:16

Couldn't agree more... Conference games are another animal.
I'm curious to see Tannehill in his first pro *cold weather game. Is it snowing?

The Miami Dolphins, a franchise without a face.

The football talk was fun while it lasted guys. Now the clowns come to ruin the party. Im out

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