Mixing up who was coming in on a blitz from a pile of bodies along the OL is the reason why Justin Herbert had his least effective game as a starting QB. The media and fans are generating buzz for a name for the defense, but we all know that this unit hasn't done anything deserving of a name yet. But, to think right now that "The Amoeba Defense" really isn't inspiring to be called a unicellar organism, but amoeba is the correct name for it as this defense has the ability to alter its shape during a play. Science talk in football is interesting.
Joe Schad (Palm Beach Post) wrote:
• Dolphins' amoeba, or Viking defense, is effective. The Dolphins have a package they like to use on third down, where seven or so players wander around the line of scrimmage. There are typically a multitude of defensive backs. And the idea, of course, is that nobody knows who is blitzing and who is dropping into coverage. As smart as Justin Herbert is (dissecting frogs in his backyard as a kid and whatnot) he's still a rookie. And so, yes, it worked.
Herbert was not as effective against the pressure as he had been earlier in the season. At times, the Dolphins tapped seldom-used safeties Kavon Frazier and Clayton Fejedelem to help create some chaos, as they frenzied around the line along with rookie safety Brandon Jones like kids awaiting delivery of a PlayStation 5.
This is the formation that was used when Xavien Howard made the most important play of the game, an interception in the fourth quarter, with the team leading only 20-14. Howard, in zone coverage, baited rookie Justin Herbert into a poor decision.