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MIAMI GARDENS – The Dolphins are likely to start this season 1-4 if they lose at Tampa Bay next Sunday.
It would be very, very difficult to get over it.
Miami lost at home to Indianapolis, 27-17, on Sunday in a game much worse than this score might suggest.
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The Dolphins have laid an egg against an understaffed, weakened and winless opponent. It was a putrid performance, especially on offense.
Ask any coach and chances are they’ll agree, “The gang don’t lie. “
Here are a few things we noticed
• Jacoby Brissett missed a few open glances. Brissett didn’t have a very good day in terms of precision and ball placement or decision making. There have been too many times he missed the shot, especially placing the ball too low. And there have certainly been times when he missed an opportunity to pick a deeper, more open receiver like Jaylen Waddle, Will Fuller, and Mike Gesicki.
These guys work hard to open up and it can be a little overwhelming for them when they don’t reap the rewards. It’s not as if these players have been totally incapable of creating a separation this season. Too often, it seems, Brissett has chosen the safest game when it would have been quite right to go for a deeper game option.
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Brissett fell a bit behind Gesicki in a fourth quarter touchdown that brought Miami down to 20-10. Additionally, on the first play of the fourth quarter, Brissett had to give up play and throw the ball out of bounds before being maimed and forced to fumble on one of the most important plays of the game.
• This is Jaelan Phillips. It was an encouraging outing for the rookie. He pulled off a tackle for the second quarter loss. He played aggressively. He was in attack mode. Phillips almost took a sack just before half-time. He seems much more at ease. Phillips has shown that he is a unique combination of speed and power. He ran around the offensive tackles. He landed the first half-bag of his career. And in the fourth quarter, with less than seven minutes to go, Phillips rushed over and pushed a man, putting him on skates before he was called in for a ghost mask call. This is what it was written for.
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• Persistent offensive tackle issues. Right tackle Liam Eichenberg was involved in the awarding of a sack. Then, just before half-time, he cleared another sack. In the third quarter, Eichenberg was involved in a sweeping throw against Jakeem Grant that resulted in a big loss. Could Eichenberg finally land on the left tackle? Could Austin Jackson end up left guard? Eichenberg says he would like to have a chance to settle on the right tackle.
Could Robert Hunt find himself in the right tackle? Just when it looked like things were settled. In a related note, left tackle Austin Jackson is painful to watch at this point. He gives up so much pressure. On the first drive, a long completion of Will Fuller was canceled by an illegal hands-to-face penalty on Jackson. It was an overwhelming call and one that bothered coach Brian Flores so much that he referred to it several times during the post-match press conference.
How long can the Dolphins hunt Jackson for? Would he benefit from another week of sideline observation? Would Greg Little play worse? If Eichenberg were to stay on the right tackle, what about Little on the left tackle and Jackson who watched for a week or competed for the left guard post?
I remember one offensive tackle the Dolphins once thought of as a bust – Wade Smith. He then became a Pro Bowl goalie. Could this be Jackson’s best bet?
• Wilkins improvements. Christian Wilkins is a much better player this season than he was last season. He is more active. He plays more games. He passes blockers and makes more tackles. He looks faster. He doesn’t like to talk about his weight but maybe he is a little thinner. It’s an important season for Wilkins and he’s off to a great start. As he was in Clemson, he is again a threat of sacking and tackling for loss.
• Disappointing Danny Crossman unity. The Dolphins were really disappointed with the special team plays. Brennan Scarlett jumping offside on a punt, with Miami leading 3-0 and less than five minutes left in the first half, was absolutely overwhelming and demoralizing. How is it going ? It gave life to Indianapolis when they had little.
And it’s easy to forget that Miami was leading just 14-3 with about four minutes left in the third quarter when Jakeem Grant missed a punt inside his 20-yard line. Over the past few seasons, special teams play has been positive for Miami. This is not the case so far this season. Time to give Jaylen Waddle or Noah Igbinoghene a chance?
• Run defense issues. The Dolphins miss Raekwon Davis in run defense. They hope he will come back on Sunday. In Jonathan Taylor’s touchdown in the second quarter last Sunday, John Jenkins, Emmanuel Ogbah, Jaelan Phillips and Elandon Roberts were all blocked. Jenkins, a veteran nose tackle, worked hard to get out of his blocker as he was closest to Taylor, but couldn’t.
On a long run from Taylor early in the second half, Jerome Baker and Jenkins were blocked and Jason McCourty was unable to knock Taylor down in the open field. Miami has versatile coverage with so many former cornerbacks in safety, but it’s also true that sometimes McCourty and even Eric Rowe aren’t the best tackles in the free field.
• Is Coleman the best answer to replace Byron? If Justin Coleman is to enter the lineup against Tom Brady and the Bucs next Sunday in place of Byron Jones, he will have to be better. Consider the completion percentages, via PFR, allowed by some of Miami’s defensive backs: Xavien Howard (53), Byron Jones (56), Nik Needham (57) and Eric Rowe (58). Where’s Justin Coleman? He authorized 10 completions out of 11 targets, for a completion percentage of 91%.
• Reappear DeVante’s disappearance – earlier in the games. Why is DeVante Parker only called in when the game is almost out of reach and the attack is in desperation mode? He’s a guy who drew multiple pass interference calls on the same disc, capped by also scoring a touchdown. It’s like Miami has a Lamborghini that doesn’t go over 55 miles an hour.
• Ogbah enlists Eguavoen’s help, Butler. The Dolphins will not have the easy task of replacing Emmanuel Ogbah, if he is indeed allowed to walk in free agency. Ogbah picked up in 2021 where he left off in 2020. But he needs the help of rushers like Phillips, Andrew Van Ginkel and everything player defensive coordinator Josh Boyer thinks he can capitalize on. clashes.
Last Sunday it was Sam Eguavoen and Adam Butler. When Phillips and Ogbah got to Carson Wentz in the first quarter, Eguavoen and Butler also took an impact with the rush. In the second quarter, Eguavoen, who barely played last week, arrived at Wentz like a whirlwind during a stunt around Butler and sacked him. Eguavoen can be an impact factor and a key contributor to the third drop.
• Now hit Jaylen Waddle on some deep stuff. Brissett hasn’t looked down enough, especially for Waddle, who found some separation because, well, that’s what happens when you run a 4.37-40 yard dash. Sunday, Waddle made long gains of 18 and 10 yards. And while they weren’t game-breakers, there were at least some encouraging signs.
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Why? Because Waddle missed a few guys. And he must show that he can do it, in order to live up to his status as 6th choice in the general classification. Waddle quarterbacks need Waddle to look good. And to increase their statistics with explosive plays of yards after catch.