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Word of the day for the Dolphins: Regression.

BOSTON -- They led 17-3. They rushed for 156 yards and averaged 5-yards a carry. Tom Brady was less than mediocre, throwing for only 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception with a visibly swollen throwin hand. New England right tackle Sebastian Vollmer broke his leg and left the game, joining Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, who are done for the season, and cornerback Aqib Talib, who didn't play.

And given all these advantages and perfect scenarios, the Dolphins still lost?

Yes, the Dolphins lost.

And that leads me to the word for today: Regression.

As I write in my column in today's Miami Herald, the Dolphins collapsed and they are in full blown regression.

The Dolphins have regressed from the team they were last year at this time when they were getting better results with less talent.

The Dolphins have regressed from September when they were 3-0.

The Dolphins have regressed to the point they're arguably the worst team in the AFC East. That's right, Miami is in third place with a 3-4 record behind the Patriots and the Jets and just ahead of the Bills. But Miami has a division worst 0-2 record and they already lost to the last-place Bills.

How is any of that better than it was last year?

And amid all of this the Dolphins are borderline delusional.

"No, I don't feel like the season is starting to slip away because we have a great team," nickel back Jimmy Wilson said.

Is he serious?

Wilson went on to say the Dolphins need to win the next four games to make up for the last four consecutive losses. Well, the Dolphins are 2 1/2 games out of first place already and they're not getting stronger but they better start winning very soon if they want to salvage this season.

But how to do that when they're getting worse?

Ryan Tannehill is playing worse now than he played in September.

The talent level is getting worse with the loss of wide receiver Brandon Gibson for the season.

And the play-calling? It's getting worse. Consider that it's bad when offensive coordinator Mike Sherman abandons the running game when it isn't blowing the opponent away. On Sunday, he abandoned it when it was working! In a close game!

And now the players are noticing.

"It seemed like we were running the ball real well, we were effective," guard Richie Incognito said. "It was third and manageable; we were picking up big chunks on the ground. I think we got away from that in the second half. That is kind of where we kind of sputtered."

Tell me something ... why aren't Miami's rookies playing?

Why is Nolan Carroll playing -- and giving up a TD pass as soon as he enters the game -- but second-round pick Jamar Taylor and third-round pick Willie Davis are inactive? Well, either those kids are not very good (which is on the personnel department) or they are not being developed (which is on the coaching staff).

Why is first round pick Dion Jordan a part-time player but less talented, less upside Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby are playing more? I know Jordan is talented. It seems every time he's on the field, something good happens. But he's not really on the field all that much. How are coaches arriving at those decisions to play a better player less?Cluelessjoe

Why has Mike Wallace looked so ineffective? He came to the Dolphins as an accomplished deep threat. He came here without major issues about his hands. Now that he's with the Dolphins he cannot get deep and cannot hold on to the football? Sorry, I don't buy it's all on Wallace. The Dolphins blamed Brandon Marshall when he didn't produce as much in Miami as in Denver. Then Marshall went to Chicago and produced at a very high level again.

After a while it's not the player we should be looking at. It's the people charged with developing those players and the system those players are put in.

So where do we go from here?

Well, general manager Jeff Ireland needs to find a wide receiver because the Dolphins only have three on the roster and one on the practice squad.

Will he chase Hakeem Nicks? Josh Gordon? Justin Blackmon? Greg Jennings?

The trade deadline is Tuesday. Ireland addressed the desperate need for an offensive tackle by trading for Bryant McKinnie. And although the Dolphins gave up six sacks Sunday -- all in the second half -- four of those came when the Patriots figured out Sherman had no intention of running the football.Tannesack

The AFC East is still wide open, because the Patriots seem vulnerable despite their 6-2 record. The team has multiple injured players, including Brady who nonethless denied his swollen throwing hand was swollen. 

Unfortunately, the Dolphins don't currently have the feel of a team that is ready to turn things around. Sometimes they start poorly. Sometimes they finish poorly. Sometimes they can't run. Sometimes they give up on the run even when they're running well. Wide receivers don't get open quickly, or don't get open deep, or drop too many passes.

The defense that was supposed to make more game-defining plays doesn't. 

And Tannehill fumbles or throws the interceptions or shows little pocket or situational awareness -- particularly lately.

There's a word for all of that: Regression.

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Craig, you sound like you are actually coming around. Good to hear. We really don't disagree as much as you think. The younger guy need some snaps. And if they can't get on the field that tells me one of two things (or a combination of both)

1) the Coaching staff is inept at developing anything
2) The guys that were drafted aren't good enough

That's on the coaching staff and Ireland... period.

But I disagree on Tanny. He needs to play all year. He will likely get another year regardless because of the high investment we made in him. While I am not sold that he is the future, we won't see what his makeup is unless he finishes the year.

Does the kid have what it takes to overcome adversity? Can't find that out while he is riding the bench. We're not good enough to make a playoff run regardles of who starts at QB.

Some here think it's futile to start over. I say, anything is better than going down the loser path we are on now

On the money. Could not write any better

...Anyone want to debate the pass offense today? Anyone want to debate the fact that it is obvious the scheme the team wants to use, and the scheme that works for this team have been thrown away the last 2 second halves. Questions must be asked. Armando had an opportunity, but lobbed softballs to Philbin who answered in cliché coach speak.

With all due respect to some of you, I think a majority of you need your heads examined.

When Tanne gets a DECENT pocket, he's very good. People knocking him for that throw to Wallace slightly behind him near the end zone. Did NONE of you see Gregory, the S, sitting inside? He would have KILLED Wallace if the ball was in front of him. Simms Acknowledged & said the same thing ON THE AIR.

Some of you hate just to hate with ZERO care for the facts.

Tanny placed the ball outside to protect him & to not throw a pick. It was perfect. Rodgers throws that ball in GB EVERY GAME.

Difference? His guys catch it!

Between the horrible situational play calling, the leaky offensive line & the lack of in game adjustments...Tanny has NO chance to be successful.

Denver goes into games with 2 game plans. Miami never abandons theirs. When NE stopped blitzing to Mckinnie's side, they simply flipped it & Miami had NO answer.

The kid is set to fail. They throw when they should run. They run when they should throw. Etc...

Give the Kid a break. He has BARELY 3 seconds to find a WR. By that time he's getting hit. Where do you expect him to go? Most times, if he fled the pocket & had the "awareness" you all say he doesn't have, he'd never throw a friggin pass.

Stop bashing the kid. He's not bad, he just has no shot to succeed as this offensive is presently designed.

Mark/tvegas,

I don't want this turning into another David Carr situation. I think it's well on its way to being that. At what point do you say, 'the kids had enough. Lets give him a break'? At what point do you throw in the towel on your fighter who's getting beat up.

Mark, how are Davis and Taylor not good enough to dress? Where's the disconnect between the FO and coaching staff? Why is Jordan not getting more snaps. Where's Sims? You want to blame Coyle. I'll blame Philbin.

What can he say Oscar?? We blew it ? Taking responsibility for what we witnessed yesterday would be honorable, but it would be better if he stepped down. We cannot continue to allow Manny, Moe, and Jack to run this team into the ground. The players are not behind this coaching staff and I am sure once we get the beat down Thursday night it will be a full blown mutiny.

Wallace has already quit, that was obvious three games ago. THill is done, not completely his fault if I may add. The OL is still not clicking and teams will continue to blitz us on every passing down for the remainder of the season. The bad officiating in yesterday's game pretty much stuck a fork in the team. They saw the fix was on and pulled the plug. Why kill yourself when the outcome has already been determined?


Mark, how are Davis and Taylor not good enough to dress? Where's the disconnect between the FO and coaching staff? Why is Jordan not getting more snaps. Where's Sims? You want to blame Coyle. I'll blame Philbin.

Posted by: Craig M | October 28, 2013 at 10:30 AM

The common sense fans blame Ireland.

BECAUSE, it doesn't matter if it's the player or the coaches. They are ALL here because of Ireland.

AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!! Everyone wants to point fingers but, no one points it at the right guy!

Have to say, I couldn't disagree more with those that want to sit Tannehill. My fear is we get into the trap with him like we did with Henne. Henne showed flashes, which tricked people into thinking he could be a serviceable starter in this league. That was proven to be a lie. And we obviously stuck with him too long. Tannehill in his 2nd Season has proven the same. He shows flashes, but disappoints. I don't want to keep this guy around another 2 years is he'll never be anything more than that. I want to expose the kid for whatever he's going to be NOW. Plus, the knock on Tannehill is he doesn't have enough game experience. So, what's sitting him at this point going to do (to his confidence and anything else)? Watching won't help him with consistency. It won't help him with developing a feel for the deep ball. It won't help him gel with his receivers.

What you do is let the kid play WHILE bringing in competition next year to we continue to find a suitable player to fill the void at QB we've had since Marino. And in that time you can monitor his development and maybe the coaches can coach him up. Either way, you're not waiting until it's too late.

Also, for those who think Sherman is in over his head, I think it's easier to get rid of him if Tannehill is gone. As long as Tannehill is here, I believe that gives Philbin a reason (besides the relationship to Sherman) to believe keeping Sherman is the best decision for the team. So sitting Tannehill only makes it more likely Sherman is retained for a longer period of time.

Tanne must have tiny hands...right Dashi?

Tannehill has issues protecting the football Daytona, it's pretty obvious by now. Sherman isn't helping him become a better player so I agree with you there. But Tannehill ha got some accuracy issues, makes questionable decisions, and tends to lock on a primary receiver which leads to him not being aware of his pocket. It's all true.

I don't see benching him as a good thing though, he needs reps to get better and the season is over anyway with this coaching staff in charge.

Mark,


You are so right. Yesterday's game was the NFL's version of what Vince Mcmahon did Bret Hart before he left the WWF. The Pats go into halftime with zero points after a hard fought defensive stand by the Dolphins. Lets not forget the P.I on Jimmy Wilson, which was a beautiful play. The penalty on the fumble was absolutely ridiculous.When can teams start challenging officials? The 3 blown calls were absolutely game changing.

I was upset after the game, but I have decided now I can just enjoy watching the Dolphins play, now that I know we are going nowhere. When you have nothing to play for, it becomes a leisure activity, wont have to get the heart rate up or yell at the TV. You know, enjoy the wins and just not take the losses like a Lubeless Sodomy session.

As always, there is always next year

HOMER,

If this team finishes 6-10 then I believe time might well be up for Ireland.

The thing we don't yet know is, can Philbin coach? Starting to become questionable.

That was without a doubt some of the worst playcalling I've ever witnessed. It's a constant trend with our team. We run the most vanilla passing offense, while I watch these other teams drum up brilliant play calls that create mismatches and catch defenses off guard with variety, motion sets.

And EVEN with a vanilla offense, we abandoned an otherwise GREAT running attack for absolutely no reason whatsoever leaving our quarterback a sitting duck back there.

And why is there no passion on that sideline. Why aren't they getting in each others faces to get some emotion going. Aren't they tired of folding year-after-year-after-year-after year-after year.

It's sad when you're up 17-3 and you're already in a bad mood b/c you're already waiting for things to turn against us. I'm sick of it. Come on PHINS!!! Let's GO!!!

..DC..I agree. We are all in with Tannehill. Sitting him accomplishes nothing. We have to know if he is going to be the quarterback here. Sitting him just puts any evaluation that can be valuable, on hold.

As far as a conspiracy. I'm not buying it. What I am buying is human nature. It happens in footie, it happens in baseball, especially hoops. Players that are not supposed to make plays on stars do not get the benefit of the doubt. Jimmy Wilson isn't supposed to make a play on Gronk. The ref knows this in the back of his mind..The ref who is the sidejudge really knows this because he can't believe what he has seen, and throws the flag.

So yes there is an unbalanced nature to the calls against bad teams(US) and good teams(Pats)...We do not yet have the star power, or the players that are going to get benefit of the doubt calls..

DC, the calls were getting so bad and onesided that the crew stopped showing replays of certain plays and even Simms tried to come up with some half hazard way of saving the NFL's face by saying he could see how the play could be called against Vernon although I've never seen that play called that way in my life although I've seen linemen miss on scrambles in almost every game I've watched.

But the team played badly in all phases. At any hint of adversity the defense folds like a cheap suit too.

Sadly this is all pointing to cleaning house completely in the offseason which so many "fans" hav been calling for. And they think this will make iot better. Unfortunately it won't, it will make it worse, this team will be scorched earth again. The new regime will get rid of what good players we have just to put their stamp on the team. We will be further away than ever. And then the "fans" can fire for the firing of the new regime at the first hint of adversity not realizing how self-defeating they are being to their own team and fanbase.

Too bad too because I think this team was darn close in the offseason. if they only had not listened to these same idiots who are saying the team spends too much on the o line instead of playmakers and had finished the job and spent on the o line and give Tannehill - we would be something different. Because despite what everyone is saying now, in the first five game Tannehill was playing some darn fine ball overall. But now he seems out of sorts the last two.. maybe the accumulation of hits has finally got ot him and is undoing so much of the good progress we saw early.

new GM will decide philbins fate. Ireland should have been fired with Sporano.

NOTHING in his track record merited him getting any more time than he had. He's been stealing from this team for YEARS.

I love how this Craig M idiot never posed the possibility that Ireland's drafted players are garbage. It's all a big conspiracy, Philbin is trying to get Ireland fired. Here's a dose of reality, when Ireland gets fired (and he will be fired at some point), Philbin will go with him. No GM with any sort of leverage will want to come to a team with a head coach in place. Same as no coach with any leverage would want to come to a team with a GM in place. Harbaugh ? Thanks but no thanks. Cam Cameron ? Sure. Philbin ? Okay when do I start ? Dolphins needed to clean house after 2010.

Yeah DC, Brady can play amazing when he plays with 6 downs when the other teams plays with 3. he's a star ... pff

I have adjusted our fight song:

Miami has the cellar, it’s where they always dwell
Every home game should be blacked out, because tickets they cannot sell
They cannot block, they cannot catch, another fumble on the ground
And our offensive coordinator always abandons ground and pound
The Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #4 (in the afc east that is)
The Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins, Miami Dolphins #4

This offense is TOO predictable. Same out routes to Gibson, which the guy on Buffalo telegraphed.

Same slants & outs to Hartline. Same failed routes to Wallace. Same routes to Clay. NEVER any variety.

We are wasting & risking Tanne's future.

Defense? Same story. Same coverages, same looks, same bltzes, same blitz looks. ZERO variety week to week.

You can only run the same plays so much before a team picks up on the tendencies. This off & def remind me of Henning & PAsquaolin's.

SAME SH8T EVERY WEEK, YEAR AFTER YEAR. No diversification, creativity at ALL.

Carl Peterson, Ross' crony from his USFL days, he has been the one in Ross' ear telling him that Ireland is a good football man. Ireland worked for Peterson as a scout when Peterson was the G of the Kansas City Chiefs.

This team could have had Andy Reid and Alex Smith this season.

THill has issues across the board. He is well on his way to becoming a head case. Sure why not just keep him in there for the remainder of the season, after all we have nothing to lose at this point. He will be toast by season's end anyway along with most of our wide receiver corps due to his inaccuracy under pressure. TIme to shake things up and at this point I really don't care who is under center to be honest, just as long as THill is not that guy.

He was a long shot project coming out of college in the first place. He is showing the same tendencies he did while playing at the collegic level. He is not a game day starter, that is the fact that most of you are missing.

Benching Tannehill is NOT an option.

The entire organization from Ross down to the kicker has invested all their chips on him for this season.

Someone earlier mentioned this turning into a David Carr situation and I agree.

At what point does an organization say: He's not our guy?

There are countless team over the last decade that invested a high draft pick on a guy who just did not have the talent to excel at this top level.

Then you have coaches and GM's who need to save their reputations by keeping him in hopes he turns it around.

Regarding Tannehill...when conditions are perfect he's pretty good. But we've all watched him implode when things turn bad.

His pocket awareness is never going to get better and I'm pretty convinced at this point we've seen all were going to get out of Mr. Tannehill.

Finish out the year and in the background start the search all over again.

DD, while running the ball was the right game plan yesterday (since the Pats front 7 is banged up) ultimately I believe you need a pass offense if you ever think you'll win long-term in this league. Yes, you need balance, and yes, you need to show you can run anytime and yes, some games will be run first because that's what other teams weaknesses are. But you MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO THROW THE BALL CONSISTENTLY if you want to put up over 20 points. And our red zone offense is lights years ahead of past years because of our ability to PASS.

With that said, we ran the ball rather nicely yesterday. More importantly, we used screens and check passes to the RB coming out of the backfield finally. Our problem wasn't we went to the pass game. Our problem was our coaches had no ability to make in-game adjustments once their defense made their in-game adjustments. We played right into their adjustments (of blitzing) by dropping Tannehill back. Where were the screens? Where were the rollouts? The option keepers by the QB to run? Quick slants once the middle of the field opened up with the blitz coming? Max protection bumps then a rollout of the backfield? There WERE counteractions to the Patriots adjustments, but of course our coaching staff felt we were doing everything right in the first half and they could just coast doing the same thing rest of the game. How many games need to be played between these 2 teams (I don't care if it's different staffs) before our coaches realize BELICHICK IS THE KING OF MAKING ADJUSTMENTS TO WHAT YOU'RE DOING WELL? FUKKING IDIOTS!

This team needs new leadership. End of story.

Why is Ireland still the GM anyway? How's his offensive line every year? His star defense line is the result of FA dollars, not his drafting.

How about those high priced LB'ers? 2 of the 3 not drafted.

Secondary? 2 of the 4 were not drafted here. And the 2 he did draft have stunk. Especially the high priced signing in Jones has been a flop.

How about them TE's huh? Egnew is SURE solid, aint he?

People who have defended this GM should be ashamed of themselves. It's PRETTY obvious he's been a miserable failure.

Just remember in the last 6 years, all but 1 a stinker, there is 1 link. Not the coaches, players, trainers, etc...JEFF IRELAND.

Ross picked Philbin.

WPF, never been a Matt Moore fan. he's never done anything in his career to make me give him faith other than beat teams that have given up the ghost for dreams of a better draft pick.

If the QB is not Tannehill, then he is not on the roster and I think u owe the fan base to see how he ends up after an entire 2nd season. if he ends up in the bottom third of starters then u r looking for a QB come April. If he stays in the middle tier then that shows toughness and an ability to improve and you have further evidence that you have a keeper.

I don't want any danlging participles regarding this kid.

Armando. I don't know if it's about regresion when it comes to T-Hill.I think he is injured & hurting. We know he has a shoulder problem. His deep passes are not what they were. I think he may also have a concussion from all the hits he's taking. That would explain for his lack of awarness in the pocket. Go back to last year & the first 3 games this year and look at how he handled himself. So much better then the last 4 games. Something is physically wrong with him. He need time to heal. And, this coaching staff has to get their heads out of there you know what.

..The playcalling is not vanilla when we are running the ball. How about the td pass to Thomas. Anyone see that coming? What happens for some weird reason that I cannot figure out. Why we consistently go to personnel groupings in the second half that scream pass? Especially against the blitz. It is like we were baited into it yesterday. It felt like Bellicheck knew we would abandon the multiple looks we gave in the first half for the go to kill my quarterback formations we love so much in the second half..So he kept blitzing, and we kept running out the same formations, personnel groupings with less blockers, and more receivers..BRILLIANT! What is happening that I am not seeing? Can someone help me out?

When Philbin decided Reggie Bush wasn't his kind of player, that was a major red flag. Coaches need to adjust their personalities some to adapt to their players. The "My way or the highway" bit is simply too old fashioned and it doesn't work in this day and age. By all accounts Bush worked hard and wasn't a locker room cancer. Whatever Philbin's problems were with him they could have been worked out. Football is a talent acquisition business. You don't let a play maker like Bush walk. One Bush play yesterday could have turned the whole game around when the Patriots started to switch the momentum. The Phins don't have one player who can turn a five yard play into a fifty yard play. Ireland is allergic to play makers. Bush could have made teams play for all of these blitzes the Dolphins are seeing. Tannehill has no outlet receiver to go to. You simply have a front office staff with no ability to predict the future and adress problems

I liked your column Armando except it should be titled Deja Vu All Over Again.

You must have been reading our rants yesterday on why Nolan Carroll is even playing and where are our two rookie corners.

You can also add to the list since you mentioned Jimmy Wilson's comment. Why is Jimmy Wilson playing so much??

All we can do at this point is hope we get better.

I don't see them firing any coordinators and I don't really don't want to see a another rebuild.

DD, I think not only players, but coaches panic too. Look, Sherman got knocked out of the NFL. Then he couldn't succeed in College. Now he's back in the NFL. Gotta stop going back to the well of the same old losers who are past their prime. Look at Monte Kiffin. The guy was a good DC at one point. Now he's just plain old. Outdated. No creativity. DONE!

We need a young, creative Coordinator who is smart, can come up with good schemes, but overall can think quickly and ADJUST to things he sees the other team doing. Sherman doesn't ever seem to adjust. And add to that Tannehill doesn't help him by making plays out of broken plays. There was one play he was being blitzed, had an opening a tank could run through right in front of him to scramble, and just sat back there and took the sack. Sometimes the player has to do it for themselves. It was nice to see him audible once into a play that went for positive yardage, but that's been rare. So he's rattled, OC is rattled, receivers get rattled and can't hold on to the ball. Any wonder why we seem to fold when the tough get going?

Craig, the co-ordinators design the packages and who gets on the field. Personally I think we have a set of co-ordinators who are not doign a great job. Ironically enough though I think Sherman is doing the better part of the two.

The defense is the side with our better players, got refreshed in free agency, has players at the line, LB, and secondary and is still nothing better than ordinary. We are losing the turnover battle again this year and the defense is as much to blame as the leaky o line and the inexperienced qb.

We don't create turnovers and we have three picks who are known for having a nose for the ball that never play or don't play enough.

Frig man, Jordan should be a player every qb needs to account for. is he coming? Is he dropping in coverage, etc, etc.

Instead we get Koa Misi and Derrick Shelby on at all times.

Also tell me this what was the hurry to signing Misi to a 4 year contract? Jordan should be manning that spot or Wheeler's spot.

When we led the game at the half I told my wife it didn't mean anything as good coaches adjust and bad ones don't. Good coaches should anticipate the changes coming from the other side. And if you don't, at least react and counter them to mid game. Not our coaching staff.

DD @ 10:26-
No debate here. It's the same thing I've been saying all season.

There will not be any changes made...We just need a few minor tweeks (IRELAND & PHILBIN)...Constantly drafting high in the draft and NEVER gaining any ground......

This team has so many problems, where do you start?
For the sake of argument, Tannehill. He should have never started last year, sit and learn. Too late for that but I'm not ready to give up on him. But a smart organization would hedge their bets. I agree with DC...draft a QB every year. BTW, that's the Ron Wolfe model with which I also agree.

The rest of this mess? Jeeze, you couldn't make something like this up.

Mark I am not a Moore fan by any stretch. I want results, nothing more and nothing less. I am steamed at this franchise for starting the kid in the first place. He should have sat out his first year with his limited amount of experience. We could have avoided this entire mess by just sitting him for one year. Moore is not the answer and I am not in any way claiming he is. What I am complaining about is that we started a converted wideout with very little game experience and gave him the most important position on this team.

I don't want him ruined, but I am afraid that may have already happened.

One thing that no one is talking about is the kicking game. This game is all about momentum.Carpenter cost the Fins 3 games last year, so the dolphins draft a kicker known to be accurate. What does he do? Against Baltimore he kicks out of bounds, allowing them to score, then misses a long but makeable field goal. He has another miss against Buffalo that would have been the difference in the game. Yesterday he misses a field goal which would have given the fins a 17 point lead. Once he missed the whole place said momentum just changed.

Posted by: FIRE ROSS | October 28, 2013 at 10:54 AM

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Even though you don't really excist FIRE ROSS, I have to agree with your Reggie Bush comment.

I felt the same way about the decision on Brandon Marshall.

Ireland basically hired a coach in his likeness and in the Bill Parcells mold.

I can just see Philbin, Sherman, and Ireland high fiving the decision to jettison the "diva" Marshall even though we didn't have one other play making reciever on the roster. And we were going switch to an offence that calls for a deeper recieving corps.

..DC...That is just it..We don't have the ability to throw it consistently. Isn't this obvious. Perhaps one day we will. Perhaps even with this quarterback. I don't want to keep repeating myself I gave my opinion as to what keeps happening a few posts back.

I have no problem with the pass. My issue is that we go so pass heavy in the second halves of these games that is makes it very difficult to make any sense of. Maybe if in the 3rd quarter of yesterdays game. IF we would have stuck to the personnel groupings that used 2 tight ends more then the groupings that trotted out more receievers, less blockers. We would have had more success. Maybe we wouldn't. But they kept blitzing, we countered by taking more blockers off the field? How is that smart? They were blitzing in the first half, and we were gouging them, especially when we had a tight end in as a fullback, or offset on the line of scrimmage with an additional blocker on the line.

I know you don't just establish the run for the hell of it. But why do we run away from it when it is working? It is plain as day this helps this offense more then trying to establish the pass..

Read Barry Jacksons Spots Buzz, A disturbing trend for the Dolphins.

I've changed my mind about the coaching staff and GM (already had my issues with him) after reading it. The amount of good players who come to Miami and decline,and "bad" players in Miami who go on to other teams and find success is incredible. And I just can't argue with his points at all. Philbin's stubborn nature has doomed him as a head coach.

I understand what he wants to do. Establish a culture, establish a philosophy and team identity by running your playbook and dictating what you want to do to the defense by being aggressive. But to force players into roles they aren't suited for or aren't experienced enough in is asinine. Getting rid of players like Bush because you don't know how to properly use him is borderline criminal.

I don't know who will work, experienced or new and hungry. I don't care, get someone who has heart and is smart enough to realize flexibility is important when coaching a group of individual talents and personalities. Philbin reminds me of EVERY engineer I've ever met. Smart as he%$, with no common sense.

The word should be CANCELLATION. As in cancel Jeff Ireland's secret contract extension and get him the hell on out of here. Cancel this dead beat coach and all his staff and get them out of here. This one is done. No need to keep having any hopes for this team. And if Ross doesn't sell, or fire Ireland, or bring in a new football savvy manager, next year's season will be the same again and again and again Boycott this whole mess!

Ross won't fire anyone and we'll all go through this again next year. Ross is a complete football idiot.
I could draft better than Ireland with just a copy of Pro Football Weekly Draft Guide in my hand.
Has anyone else noticed that Dion Jordan is really an OLB in a 3-4 and not a 4-3 DE? He can't start because he can't take on offensive tackles in the run game. He would also be a better tight end than RDE.

Craig M, I am worried. There are some pretty persuasive criticisms on Jeff Ireland on the blog today. We and other apologists should have a joint strategy to deflect all of this. I think blaming the referees is a good strategy. Maybe the coaches also. Bill Parcells? Rick Spielman? We need to be creative today.

DD it's because Sherman is a hack. I've been saying it for weeks. I'm sure he woul make a great position coach but his days of running an offense are done.

IRA, why are Davis and Taylor inactive???

DC @ 10:50. there was a nice screen play to #11 on 3rd and forever that they converted. WE've seen this play twice in 7 games and both times got 20 yard gains...

Anyways ...

My kingdom for a crossing route to #11, once this year, that would be nice ... give Edward Scissorhands a soft pass to catch when he has defenders cahsng him .. that's all he's good for, as evidenced by the WR screen.

Exactly who on the team is the "Go-To" receiver? Dustin Keller was becoming that guy to bail to for Tannehill when things got bad (gone), Gibson was the BEST receiver pick up (now gone), it is clear for everyone to see now why the Steelers let Wallace walk and his constant drops are why Tannehill doesn't throw that way unless he is directed to. Anyone notice how bad that Hail Mary interception looked and when they showed it again full field view, Wallace isn't even trying to run down the field. Someone needs to step up....

...Dolfan Rick..Do you think Jimmy Wilson was the reason we lost yesterday? He played a good game. The reason IMO he is playing so much is that we are nickel 50 percent of the time, and he is our best nickel corner right now. Finally yesterday we saw him blitz twice, one resulted in a sack, another a forced fumble that we all know was an abysmal result. He isn't perfect, but how many nickel corners are? Watch any game, and the nickel corners are getting beat more times then they are making stops. Are there better at the position? Of course, just not on this team.

LOL @ 10:52, in Egnew's defense, he has turned into a nice fullback. Not sure that merits his draft standing but at least he's making a positive contirbution.

The major issue with trading Marshall is the team got nothing in return as Ireland blew those draft picks.
Miller is a good back, but he is not the play maker Reggie Bush was.
Watched part of Packers/Vikings last nite and both teams had rookies playing and making contributions. Meanwhile the 3rd pick in the draft has one sack.

idgaf, Davis and Taylor are not just secret weapons, they are double secret weapons. Just wait a few years, and Jeff Ireland's personnel strategy will be clear to us mere mortals.

FIRE ROSS, I agree with the "red flag" comment about Reggie Bush. Not that I think he's a difference maker, but just the fact that he's a hard worker, and it seems Philbin didn't like him because either A) he was part of the Leadership Council, or B) he didn't like his "scatback" running style. Either way, I saw it as being counter to Philbin's approach of getting the right type of men in the locker room. You can't have a better pro than Bush when he was here, and Philbin STILL cut him. So if I'm the next guy, what keeps me from thinking the HC will do the same to me when I fall out of favor with him? And what are the qualities that make me a "Philbin guy?" Seems to me his favorite player is Nolan Carroll, who I think is a complete waste of space. Totally outmatched in every way. If that's a "Philbin guy", then we're in even worse shape than any of us think. You'll NEVER win in the NFL with a room full of Nolan Carrolls. That's a promise.

Time to start seeing some rookies play. But it won't happen.

welcome to the beginning of another 10 years of suck, let's hope we at least beat the jets this year (longshot)because thats the most we can hope for with this cursed team. how can everybody who comes to play here either gets injured or forgets how to play altogether? how come everyone that leaves gets better? Maybe the team should move away, worked great for the ravens/browns

IRA, You can also say 21 million just doesn't buy what it used to....

Not only was Wallace not on the screen on the hail mary interception but how about his sorry effort on the earlier interception. He didn't even try to break up the football. Then he wonders why tannehill doesn't target him.

The team will never leave Miami. TV market is too big. The NFL realizes the mistake they made letting the Rams leave L.A.

I gotta put this loss on the coaches. Sherman needs to go back to college because he is not an NFL Offensive Coordinator! He gives up on the running game too easily. 3rd and 2 and you want to pass the ball? C'mon, man! Philbin looks lost out there. He's unable to make the necessary adjustments needed during the game. He refuses to override Sherman's calls. He left his team out to dry by not challenging the bad calls. They're giving up because he's not inspiring them. If he doesn't fight for his team, they won't fight for him. Ross has to be seeing this and make some changes in the off-season. If you keep on doing the same thing that you've always done, you'll always get what you've always gotten...

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