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Dolphins, Canes, Heat tidbits: Coaching, bowl projections, LeBron

A few Tuesday quick hits:

### Whereas Joe Philbin never admits mistakes publicly, his coordinators sometimes second-guess their decisions in their weekly news conferences, and it’s refreshing.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle not only blamed himself for the loose coverage that led to a 29-yard catch to set up Carolina’s field goal to end the first half, but he also admitted he guessed wrong on the Panthers’ go-ahead touchdown: a one-yard pass to Greg Olsen in the final minute.

“They’ve run a certain type of play on the goal-line consistently,” Coyle said. “They weren’t a passing team in the red zone at all, particularly not down on the goal-line. With the fact there was 40 some-odd seconds left and it was first-and-goal inside the one (yard line), I felt strongly they were going to run the ball. We took a shot trying to make a play down there on the goal-line, and we weren’t in a good position to cover the tight end.”

### With 12 drops, Mike Wallace now leads the league in that category… Though ProFootballFocus ranks Philip Wheeler 33rd of 34 outside linebackers in a 4-3, his play has improved recently. Sunday “was one of his better games,” Coyle said. “He was very, very active. I think he ended up with about 12 total tackles in the game by our count. He had his hands on three balls.”... Coyle said Nolan Carroll played his best game in Coyle's tenure here.

### Sigh: Among tackles in PFF’s rankings, St. Louis Ram and ex-Dolphin Jake Long has risen to fourth among 79, compared with 50th for Bryant McKinnie and 69th for Tyson Clabo…. Tannehill’s third down numbers have dipped in recent weeks. His 71.9 passer rating on third downs is better than only five other starters: EJ Manuel, Terrelle Pryor, Christian Ponder, Tony Romo and Joe Flacco…. The Dolphins have dropped to 26th in run defense and 19th in overall defense. Not good.

### If Daniel Thomas doesn't play again this season -- he's out indefinitely with a severe ankle sprain --- then this would mark the third time in his three-year career that he produced an underwhelming yards-per-carry average. He averaged 3.5 as a rookie, 3.6 last season and 3.6 again this season. This year, that average is tied for 35th among 51 running backs who have played at least a quarter of his team's snaps. But Miami hopes he can return late in the season.

### The Dolphins have two roster spots to fill after releasing defensive tackle Isaako Aaitui and safety DJ Campbell on Monday night.

### Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said Monday that he will have “plenty to say” about the BullyGate investigation when it’s over.

### Please see the last post for my analysis of the Dolphins fourth-quarter offensive inadequacies the past two months. 

### If UM beats Pittsburgh on Friday, here’s what Canes fans need to root for Saturday, and when: for North Carolina to upset Duke at noon on ESPN2, and for Virginia to upset Virginia Tech at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU. If all three happen, UM would go to the ACC championship. (Yes, it’s unlikely.)

Duke is a 5 ½ point favorite, Virginia Tech a 13-point favorite. Miami is a three-point favorite against Pitt.

### ESPN’s bowl projections have UM playing one of the nation’s best quarterbacks in a bowl game: either vs. Texas A&M in the Chick fil-A Bowl New Year’s Eve in Atlanta, or against Louisville in the Russell Athletic Bowl at 6:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 in Orlando.

### ESPN projects Ohio State or Wisconsin to play Clemson in the Orange Bowl.

### UM defensive end David Gilbert, an honorable mention All-Big 10 selection as a starter on a very good Wisconsin team last season, admitted Monday that he was so upset about his limited playing time at Miami earlier this season that he asked himself, “Why did I even come here?”

But he said he then learned to “check my ego” and realized this “is Shayon Green’s team.” (First time I ever heard anyone refer to the Hurricanes as "Shayon Green's team.")

### Yet another area where LeBron James has improved: He’s shooting 18 for 37 on three-pointers (48.6 percent) and has increased his percentage every year as a member of the Heat, from 33.0 to 36.2 to 40.6 to 48.6.

### Even in agreeing to pay Kobe Bryant $24 million next season, the Lakers still will have room to add a max player in free agency next summer. But a close associate of LeBron James said he absolutely could not envision him signing there. 

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Eddie

He must be horrible if he can not make our defensive line

Bob Griese 12

...this is Shayon Green's team... how sad this program has become, please say no more.

Its all about the Duke

It was Duke Johnson's team before he got injured.

Bobbyd12

LeBron isn't going anywhere. As far as Kobe and the Lakers go, oh how the mighty have fallen. Kobe is selfish and the Lakers extend a 35 year old who hasn't played since the Achilles injury?? Why?

Sunny Dee

Gilbert is much better than Green. Green has been slow all season. Gilbert should be upset. He must not understand "the process"...

Darrell

Green is third on the team in tackles, leads the team, by a large margin, in tackles for a loss, and is third in sacks, 3, behind the leader with 4.

202canefan

I'm guessing he is saying that he knows Green is the starter..

jmike

You're right Darrell, I love these know nothings.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Chick-fil-a bowl would be an amazing achievement for this season, it must be a long shot though

Reality Bites

Shayon Green's team will get eaten up by either Johnny Football or Teddy who spurned us Bridgewater. Either game will be a dramatic contrast in QB play, one phenomenal and the other an inconsistent mess.
Here's to continuing the tradition of getting blown out in December bowl games.

rboud

I often wondered why Gilbert did not play more this year, especially if his ailing foot was healthy. Green has been good against the run. I would have thought he could have gotten reps behind Green and Chickillo, when they needed rest. Muhammad, the freshman D end, was not ready this year. Gilbert could have played more on 3rd down.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Mr. "Bites", your team is bowl ineligible, incapable of winning six games, and in fact lost to Miami earlier this very year.

Don't you think it makes you sound kind of ridiculous to be constantly worried about the University of Miami on sports blogs in the Miami Herald?

Sunny Dee

I didn't realize Green had those stats, so I stand corrected. He just seems slow to me and has trouble chasing down running backs and quarterbacks. Gilbert seemed to make plays when he was in there. I still think he should have been playing more.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Sunny Dee, we all like Gilbert because he gets to the quarterback, but take a look at UM's rushing defense and then consider that those numbers would be even worse if Gilbert was playing first and second down.

He's a pass rush specialist, I'm not a fan of N'oD but IMO they are using Gilbert to the best effect.

TK SWANN

THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THIS DC NOT KNOWING HOW TO USE TALENT PROPERLY.. YES GREEN MAYBE GOOD AGAINST THE RUN BUT NOT THE PASS.. GILBERT HAD PROVEN HE COULD PLAY BIG BOY FOOTBALL SO WHY NOT PUT HIM IN IN FRONT OF CHICKILLO WHO HASN'T BEEN THE SAME PLAYER SINCE HE ADDED ALL THE WEIGHT AND STARTED UNDER THIS BS SCHEME. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOUR 4 BEST PASS RUSHERS RUSHING?/ AT LEAST THIS KEEPS QB FROM HAVING CAREER GAMES AGAINST US.. NOT MAKING PROPER ADJUSTMENTS ON DEFENSE COST US 3 GAMES!! AND WATCH GILBERT WILL NOT SEE THE FIELD MUCH AGAINST PITT CAUSE GREEN AND CHICKILLO CAN DO NO WRONG!

playthefreshmen

Facking D corch is an idiot and Al Copper is clueless!! Why keep playing one leg Green over all these kids that want to play!!??

d

makes sense, shayon is captain of the defense, gilbert plays on defense

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