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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:35 am 
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Obviously Tankersley killed us last game, but problems are not corrected.

Armando Salguero wrote:
Gase gives Burke relative freedom over the unit to manage as he sees fit.

And it’s not looking too well-managed right now.

My problem is that I see things happen over and over that do not get corrected.

Take Sunday’s game for example: I saw Phillip Dorsett running wide open across the middle of the Miami secondary. Tom Brady saw it, too, so he connected with Dorsett for a 39-yard gain.

The play led to the Patriots first touchdown because it moved them from the Miami 46 yard line to the Miami 7.

And why did this happen?

Because cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, who was covering Dorsett, dropped his coverage as the receiver ran across the field. And no one else picked up Dorsett until Reshad Jones made the tackle. And that’s because apparently the Dolphins were in man coverage across the field but Tankersley seemed to be playing zone.

So Tankersley left his man all alone to go cover air.

Fine, so this is one breakdown. It’s bad.

Fix it!

When young Cordrea Tankersley comes to the sideline, tell him he made a significant mistake and help him to understand, like right now, that the call you made requires him to pick up man assignment. Show him the play on your tablet. Look for the understanding nod that he gets it.

Simple, right?

Apparently not.

Because in the second quarter we have the same exact thing happen. Again!

This time, Tankersley, apparently assigned to play man against Brandin Cooks, drops the coverage again while everyone else on the field is playing man. And Cooks, the leading and best receiver on the field for either team, is flying across the Dolphins secondary unchecked.

Not surprisingly, Brady finds Cooks and the two connect on a 37-yard completion.

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