Five Things I Think I Think About Miami Dolphins – Week 6 2021

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I’m sick of meeting myself like this. I guess anyone being honest with themselves knew a loss was pretty much guaranteed. If you had told me at the start of this season that the Dolphins’ offense led by a backup QB would spread it over the defending champions to the tune of 275 yards and 2 touchdowns as the much-vaunted defense folded like a little dancer in linen sheets, I would have assumed you thought Jake Brisket was a real guy and a Pro Bowl quarterback. But you would have been right. I’m telling you: Miami is a tough team to root for.

Someone at the Dolphins Facility is secretly reading the Phinsider

Liam Eichenberg at LT? Austin Jackson at LG? Myles Gaskin starts at RB and hits everywhere? Throw in the field from the first snap? It’s crazy how it tied us 10-10 at the end of the first quarter. Perhaps the Ends will follow our advice until, finally, we reach that much sought after mountain peak of two consecutive seasons above .500.

Of course, it was going to be an uphill battle until the end, to say the least. But what a difference a few common sense tweaks make. Maybe if the opponent was less of a juggernaut, the upgrades could have had more of an impact on the final score. Either way, the Dolphins’ first quarter version of the offense came out and lived its best life for the first time in a long time. I mean, they didn’t back him at all in the 2nd quarter, getting spanked 17-0, or the rest of the game, really, but it’s still better than the disgusting mess we got used to at the start of this part of the season.

Brissett probably played his best football ever. He fought like hell to extend play and find open receivers, mostly avoiding mistakes, and did it all with a lingering hamstring injury suffered early in the game. His throw to Preston Williams (which ultimately resulted in a flag for PI on Richard “Sorry wide receiver like Crabtree” Sherman in the end zone) was fantastic. It was a beautiful ball that should have been caught and, even despite the drop, it still earned the Dolphins a 1st down due to the penalty. Just another in a long list of examples that illustrate why we have to push the ball down in the NFL today. His only INT was 1000% Jaylen Waddle’s fault (with Jakeem Grant gone, I guess someone must have taken on the role of causing turnovers with the wrong hands this week). Brissett gave it his all and I congratulate him on it. Too bad no one else got the memo.

And that’s about as positive as it gets. Nothing could be more optimistic after a loss like this is somehow clinging to the straw. However, I would really like to reach that little orange crazed looking over there …

We are getting closer to the right combination of offensive lines

Peanut butter and jelly. Ice cream and apple pie. The Dolphins and an offensive line made up of Keystone Cops. Name a more iconic duo.

I can’t understand why coaches feel the need to overthink something as basic as playing their guys in the positions they play best. Our tackles were a war crime all year round and it took until week 5 to go with the left tackle to the LT. As soon as Robert Hunt replaces Jesse Davis at RT, it should. Every other lineman left on the roster can fight to be the Highlander of the RG. For this game, just moving the struggling Austin Jackson inside and putting Liam Eichenberg back into his natural LT position was a noticeable improvement. It might be beginner’s luck, I don’t know. All I know for sure is that they didn’t look entirely out of date at every turn and believe it or not that’s a plus.

That’s right, at one point in Q3 Tom Brady had 13 rushing yards versus 10 in Miami. a competent pocket halfway from which to throw for most of the game. I’m not sure Jackson has the ass to play long-term custody and he would likely benefit from a mental break on the bench for a minute. If it were up to me I would go with LT Eichenberg, LG Davis, C Mancz, RG Kindley, RT Hunt and leave it that way until the season ends or four of them are injured (so I guess week 9 knowing our history). Deiter can replace Mancz on his return if they feel like a frog; we just need to put the best tackles in place and we can stop watching the edge rushers crush our QB’s bones to dust.

The defense took a big fat to move back

There isn’t a lot of sugar to coat this one. What a pathetic demonstration. It looked like a Pac-12 defense and that’s not a compliment to Pac-12 infractions. They played so well that Blaine Gabbert had reps and he did some finishing touches. Giovanni Bernard cut them up. I think I saw Butterbean running free. We knew the race defense was suspect. With the return of Raekwon Davis, I was hoping they would somehow get back into shape. Sadly, they gave up lane after lane for a total of 122 rushing yards. Jérôme Baker has become an absolute liability when it comes to coverage and he has been harassed all day long. Go back in time and give Mike Gesicki his contract money for me. Xavien Howard had a steep drop from the league’s best ballhawk status to the league’s best paid CB You Forgot to Play. Seems to me he might have a bad motivator. I understand this is an opposing attack led by the most decorated QB ever surrounded by the best weapons he’s ever had, but I didn’t expect the team’s supposed strength to be torn apart more in-depth than a rich man’s tax returns. They ended their turnaround streak (although I would say they were lost last week when they only had one special teams fumble) which was the best thing that they did. ‘they had to do. When you’re a bad team, like the Dolphins are, you have to make all phases work together to win. Getting a single group off the ground, while better than the one we’ve seen in recent times, just isn’t enough. And I think it always comes down to coaching.

It seems that the problem of lack of identity has now manifested itself throughout the list. There are some brilliant points individually if you really squint (Preston Williams has looked his best in years, for example), but we feel like a disparate collection of players instead of a team. Flores has tried to bring the Patriots’ defense to South Florida with mixed results in his three seasons so far. The same New England defense he loves so much kept the Buccaneers at 19 points just over a week ago, but the Miami version gave up 45. It’s like a copy of a copy that ends by no longer being recognizable as the original from which it came. From an outsider’s perspective, it kind of looks like the team has stopped adhering to the “New Patriot Way”. Unfortunately, I’m not sure the coaching staff has a “New Dolphin Way” waiting backstage to replace it.

Tua’s return will dictate the rest of the season

Brissett almost made it interesting with his performance this week. If he had been able to play at this level consistently, his career might have taken a very different path. Regardless of the tenacity he displayed in Tampa, I would expect Brissett to concede the starting position to Tua as soon as possible (which looks like next week in London), pending Tua’s withdrawal from the IR. Once Tua is back behind the center, the coaching staff must let him put on his big boy pants and move on to HAM. Anything less is a waste. We have seen him execute their timid attack which does not complement our defense and we have seen what the attack can look like when the QB launches it with his face mask facing back. I want Tua to have the ability to throw it at our large capture radius receivers. I believe he can do it. Against the humble Jags, he must prove me right.

Barring a barrage of miracles, the Dolphins could already be outside watching the playoffs. That makes the rest of the main focus this season to assess whether or not Tua can play at a high enough level to remain the starting quarterback going forward. Best case scenario: He comes back and helps the team out of their desperation and make them competitive for the rest of the year. Worst case scenario: he gets injured again and we watch Brissett and / or Reid Sinnett teach us nothing about the future of the starting quarterback position. I hope for the best because the Dolphins really need it right now.

Tony Romo is still by far the nicest broadcaster

Of course, he spends a little too much time acting like he’s on stage at the Comedy Store. Plus, he calls Tom Brady “Tom” with a doe-eyed inflection as if they are having lunch every Tuesday afternoon. However, I can look past these quirks in exchange for a real glimpse into football. He mentioned “lineup, assignment, key, technique” and that seems like a mantra the Dolphins staff could do to instill in their team. He’s good at not only the analytical side of the game, but also being objective about what should happen in any given game, especially when referring to quarterback play in particular. In Q4 of that game, he even gave the Dolphins front office credit for their capital management project, while rightly calling them on how they disappointingly squandered it. Someday I’ll write about all the different accounts the NFL submits its fans to, but until then Romo remains my favorite.

Do you prefer to listen to James Lofton rather than Tony Romo? Unless you’re James Lofton. Are you James Lofton? Show yourself in the comments, James.

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