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Special teams negatively affecting chance to win

The Dolphins special teams has had some great moments from Marcus Thigpen this year and got excellent all-around games from the entire unit, particularly at New York, this season.

But lately, the special teams have had to fight to merely keep from hurting Miami's chances of winning games. And on Sunday, special teams fully hurt Miami's chances to win the game.

Three weeks ago, special teams set the tone for the game (in exactly the wrong fashion) when Leodis McKelvin returned a first quarter punt 79 yards for a TD and a Bills lead.

Two weeks ago, the Dolphins fought to tie the game against Seattle in the fourth quarter and on the ensuing kickoff Leon Washington returned the kickoff 98 yards to give the Seahawks the lead again.

In fairness, it must be said that Thigpen eventually answered McKelvin's blow with a kickoff return TD of his own. And the Dolphin overcame the lapse against Seattle by rallying late.

But Sunday, there was no bailing out of the special teams by Thigpen or other units.

Yesterday, long snapper John Denney delivered a bad snap to punter Brandon Fields after Miami's first possession. And Fields didn't field the snap and then didn't cleanly grab the ball on the ground, having instead to snatch it twice. The hesitation was a killer so Fields decided to run to get himself daylight and a position to kick.

He was tackled at the Miami 12 yard line.

And the defense, put in a tough spot, could not save the Dolphins. They gave up a touchdown.

Seven points.

In the second quarter, the Dolphins apparently stopped Tom Brady and company on downs at his own 29 yard line. But when the Patriots punted, Jimmy Wilson rushed headlong into Zoltan Mesko's thigh. Roughing the punter. Fifteen yards.

The Partiots drive had new life at their own 44 yard line.

And, again, the defense wasn't able to bail out the special teams. The Patriots drove the rest of the way in 11 plays for another touchdown.

Fourteen points.

Obviously, it was not the special teams that gave up the points. Obviously the defense didn't provide heroics on the first New England opportunity and basically caved in giving up 56 yards more on the second New England opportunity.

But the Miami special teams cannot give up such opportunities.

As center Mike Pouncey said, "We have a low margin of error."

And the special teams lately has been hurting that margin.

 

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Both bonehead plays. Especially roughing the kicker. What is Wilson good for anyway? Getting burned or drawing penalties? Is he an acorn??

WHDP, Your right sign Hartline, Wallace, and Goldson. Let Bush, Long, Dansby and Burnett walk. Alabama has 2 great RB's in there back field right now big and fast better than Ingram almsot the same level as Trent Richardson.

Eddie lacy and TJ Yeldon, I think Yeldon a little more explosive but both are better than Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas right now and tougher than Lamar Miller

Mando is in the process of turning his back on Tanne, Philbin et al.

First off, Craig, from earlier discussion (sorry, had a meeting and then lunch meeting), no not a vegetarian. Just don't eat red meat and pork. I eat fish and chicken (so if it swims or flies, I'll eat it). Nothing religious or anything, more of a health choice. Done it for 20 years, don't miss the cow or pig one bit!

Now to Mando's EXCELLENT previous blog. SPOT ON 'OLE CHAP! Diagnosed to perfection. Very troubling sir. I cannot fathom the sitting of Wake, you're ONLY pass-rusher (of elite caliber). And then some of the play-calling, QUESTIONABLE AT BEST! Seems like sometimes the Coaches are trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. They should know their personnel by now.

On the Bush/Thomas thing, I see it. I saw it in Hard Knocks. Philbin doesn't like Bush's cut-back style. He prefers the tough-nosed "one cut and upfield" style by Thomas. I'm assuming that's why Miller isn't involved more. But I also don't think they will keep Bush. So, they are really shooting themselves in the foot. Now, all the learning for Miller will have to happen NEXT year, where he's facing live bullets, instead of this year, which is a throwaway year anyway.

On the ST, I think we've gotten better than we had from Sparano, so I can't really complain. Though Pouncey said it all, the margin-for-error on this team (ever since forever) is SO LOW, with such little talent, that they have to play flawlessly just to eke out a win. Maybe one day the GM will get enough talent on the team where they can play horrible and STILL win, instead of have to be perfect every Sunday (which isn't realistic).

Again. Inconsistency is the mark of young Players, Units and Teams in general.

It's time to trade Jake Long. He is not the player he used to be.

How in the world did Irescum take Tannehill in the 1st rd? LMFAO!!!!!!!!!!!


Yesterday, long snapper John Denney delivered a bad snap to punter Brandon Fields after Miami's first possession. And Fields didn't field the snap and then didn't cleanly grab the ball on the ground, having instead to snatch it twice. The hesitation was a killer so Fields decided to run to get himself daylight and a position to kick.

He was tackled at the Miami 12 yard line.

Mando,

Thanks for the reminder. I was well on my way to deleting that debacle from my memory....

Yeah, but he(Wilson) almost blocked it. What do you want here, Victorian restitution?(Si se la meten grita, si se la sacan llora).

Ryan Tannehii = Overpaid Bust

On the contrary, those were two special teams "turnovers" that led to 14 points. Can't expect the defense to defend the pats form the 12 and can't expect the defense to stop the pats twice on the saem drive. Those were turnovers that won't show up. The special teams were more responsible than anyone in losing yesterday. That was in effect a +2 turnover margin to the pats - can't win when you do that.

Wilson did not almost block it. He hit the punter a full 9 seconds after the punt.

How can a professional football player be as unathletic as is our punter? Wow. That play happened in slow motion. He's gotta get that kick off even with a low snap.

Check out the big brain on Mandoooo! Bringing the hurt today! Get 'em Mando.

In France they put mayo on fries! I seen 'em do it too.

When Ireland traded 3 picks for D Thomas the deaft room broke out in hysterical laughter!!

"It's time to trade Jake Long. He is not the player he used to be."

Sting,

Seriously??? Are you retarded??? If you are then I understand your post. Trade him??? First of all the trade deadline has passed & he's about to be a FA.

But let's just say he wasn't....What could we get for a player who just got injured & is likely to miss the rest of the season???

Tannehill sucks.


Why did Ireland draft him?

I love my team and I see some progress and setback in some areas (especial teams) but we play better every week. Next year playoffs for sure.

Yup!

Time to face the facts. This team will stink for the next 10 years.

That's what i'm saying!

Really?

3 TD passes to wide receivers ALL SEASON

Seriously?

The HOF is moving to Joe Robbie Stadium because all of the busts will fit right in with Irelands roster.
LMAO

Fields did have several excellent punts yesterday and Carpenter didn't miss. Bad snap was the biggest play of the game though. Roughing the kicker is just moronic.

6 games and 0 TD Passes

Can i get my money back on the 6 games that Tannehill has thrown 0 TD passes so far?

49ers 31
Fins 17

WHDP, think we'll even be told if he's hurt? MRI was today, team has to know. We probably won't hear until week 15 he's had surgery and is out for the year.

actually 7 games with 0 TD Passes if you take away the fixed Seattle game which Tannehill had two more ints and 0 passing TDs until the ref handed the ball back for a light "brush to the head"


LMAO!


Tannehill sucks

Lots more DOWNSIDE!
bye bye Ireland

Obviously, it was not the special teams that gave up the points. Obviously the defense didn't provide heroics on the first New England opportunity and basically caved in giving up 56 yards more on the second New England opportunity.


I disagree, the D actually got a stop on the next set of downs. The Refs decided then to call a very questionable PI on Jones. The D did its job.

Ireland is blazing new teritory for most draft busts by a GM in NFL history.

The Good:

Pouncey, Fields, Jones, Starks, and Wake.

The Bad:

Long, all the invisible TE's, and Tannehill.

The Ugly:

Ireland

Those of you that think the Dolphins will be good enough next year for the playoffs, consider this. Next year they ofcourse play New England twice AND they play
The Falcons,Ravens,Bengals,Steelers,Saints and Bucs just to name a few. Thats seven or eight losses. Next Year? 6 and 8 again.

Chad Henne's returned to Chad Henne again. He was 18-41 /208 yds /1 td /1 int

The same ole' damn Chad Henne.

next score same post against patsis

I mean 6-10. (sorry)

albert,

So you think there will be no moves in the offseason and they will play next year with the exact same roster?

Sanchez benched and Tebow didnt play. Sanchez was 10-21 /97 yds /0 tds /3 ints

3rd string qb Greg McElroy came in and threw 1 td pass and the Jets beat the Cards 7 to 6. Wow! LOL...

After losing to the Rams, the Niners will be breathing hot coals of fire when we play them Sunday. LOL...

YG, we do nothing and we're already the 2nd best team in the division next year. Future looks bright for Miami, some just can't see it right now.

Hey Craig M troll... might be the 100x you have heard this today, but you like your life is pathetic and sad.

I am with you DC. This team is actually better off right now than it was last year and they have a ton of picks coming up.

The roster will change a lot from this year to next. This is Philbins eval year. Next year he starts getting his guys in. 3rd year is when you should see results.

No doubt, Mark, that without the STs mistakes we would have won that Game. I saw it, we all were shaky(the mighty Pats). Plus the refs really hurt us. Perhaps, one of these Games that its in the League best interests to have let NE win. It happens.

49ers 24
Dolphins 3

Does anyone have faith that this offense will score more than 3pt against the 49ers D?

CommonSense

Moves? What on earth have you seen in off season moves the past 5 years that leads you to believe "moves" will be made to make a positive impact?

How the hell is Darren Rizzi still employed? Oh, yeah, this is the Dudphins and they're clueless.

The Miami Dolphins will not use the franchise tag next year on starting left tackle Jake Long, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. The tag is projected to be about $15.4 million, and reportedly that is too much for Miami.

-Reports ESPN

Silly azzed mistakes will lose ballgames every time. This 2012 seasoned Dolphins are not a very good football team, yes they win one every three weeks but it doesnt make'em a good team. Tannehill has played well at times and at times looks like a dumbassed rookie. But, he only has two WRs to throw to. The OL sucks for some reason, Jake Long is either very injured or the South Fla heat has done him in. The defense is here one day gone the next. Why we Let Dick Nolan go is still a mystery. The Dolphins need talent and we may be in the top 10-15 draft pk this April so hopefully Jeffery will draft some talent.

Well Albert,

New HC/DC/OC... QB...next year RB... they have something like 5 picks in the top 100.


YG, we do nothing and we're already the 2nd best team in the division next year. Future looks bright for Miami, some just can't see it right now.

Posted by: DC Dolfan | December 03, 2012 at 03:05 PM

DC, I wouldnt hold my breath on this. Ireland will somehow create a couple more holes that doesnt now exist, plus trade down and draft a bust. Then draft busts with extra picks gained for trading down.

Then he will use both 2nd rd picks and one of the 3rds to trade back into the 1st rd and draft another bust. He'll use the remaining 3rd rd pick to draft another John Jerry.

There you have it.

In the locker room after the game:

Patriot Security Official: Mr. Brady, there's a Ryan Tannehill here to see you.

Brady (standing with Giselle): Sure, send him back.

Tannehill runs like a puppy up to Brady.

Brady: What can I do for you squirt?

Tannehill: Me would like to have an autograph please!

Brady: No problem. Do you have a ball with you?

Tannehill: Yes sir. I got two of them but they are mighty small.

Giselle smirks.

Brady calls an equipment manager over and gets a football. He asks: How do you want me to address it?

Tannehill: To Mrs. Tannehill. She said she wanted it signed "From a real QB."

Brady nervously signs, trying to be polite. He hands the football to Tannehill.

Tannehill: Gosh!! Thanks Mr. Brady. I have a question.

Brady: Sure.

Tannehill: Is it true that you can pass and catch the ball on the same play?

Brady: Coughs.

Giselle: Run along now Ryan.

Young Tannehill nearly urinates on himself as he runs from the lockerroom yelling, "Mr. Ireland! Mr. Ireland! Guess who I just met? A real NFL QB.

Somewhere Andrew Luck is smiling.

We have been stuck in the 6-10 and 7-9 carausel for the last four years. "Moves"?. You gotta be kidding me. The only move Ireland may have to worry about is the U-Haul backing up to his office.

Well albert it is alot easier just to whine and cry about things.

Good point

albert, CommonSense is right. You can't compare Philbin to Sparano. Sparano was using Parcells outdated philosophy on football, and that's why Parcells is now an analyst and Sparano will soon be looking for a job. Philbin KNOWS how to win in TODAY'S NFL. He needs a chance. He has a rookie QB, no talent to speak of, and he already equaled what Sparano did 3-of-his-4 years here.

Also, this was the best Draft SINCE Ireland came to the team, and it's no coincidence that's due to Philbin, giving him better direction than using a #1 pick on a olineman when you had a glaring hole at QB in particular (and offense generally). We have an offensive-minded HC. Who isn't going to run the ball for the sake of running. Wait and see how dynamic our offense becomes when it's got the right personnel fueling it.

YG flipping again, this time vs Ireland.

After seeing Irelands 2013 draft picks, Joe Philbin will resign to preserve his dignity. He will sign back on with GB, getting his old job as oc back.

Ross will sell the team to Ripley's Believe It Or not.

Jeff Ireland will be fired from his new gig at USC for underinflating footballs for thier qb.

Oh, yes, $ makes anything unaccountable for, even Murder.

YG, the bug got you too bro? You're smarter than that, had to know this was a throw-away year. Ireland will get 1 more chance at the apple. If next year doesn't turn around, he'll be gone. But we're going to have picks and lots of CAP space to work with (if you believe the tea leaves with Long). That SHOULD be enough to get some talent on the team. Give it one more year before you throw in the towel.

Heck, this week isn't as intimidating as it looked a few weeks ago. 49'ers are BEATABLE folks. Rams just did it. They are not the offensive juggernauts we just faced. Tannehill plays better and we'll have a good chance. It'll be a defensive battle, and Colin isn't too confident right now. Perfect trap game for them!

Guy's, I get all that. I like Philbin. And Yes he is an upgrade over Sporano. BUT, you have to be realistic. This team STILL has no definitive awnser at the QB position. It probably just lost its starting LT. One more hole to fill next year along with a WR, TE,CB,DE and RG. Too much, and past history tells me they will strike out more than hit on free agency and the draft

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