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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 8:32 am 
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The Good

Xavien Howard had another interception.

The Bad

Tua Tagovailoa had a completely unproductive outing, missing throws, holding onto the ball too long, looking sluggish in the pocket and getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who locks into receivers way too often.

The running game continues to suck. And we do not have many receivers that can get open. The Broncos can't defend tight ends, and yet we couldn't get the ball to ours, despite having a pretty solid stable. At 5'7", while Jakeen Grant has speed, he is simply not a good deep option because he has the catch radius of a gnat. The Dolphins should be trying to get him the ball in catch after the yard situations.

The run defense has been a weakness all season. As currently constructed, this team, if it even makes the playoffs, will find little success in the playoffs because teams that can run the ball (of which there are usually quite a few in the playoffs), will carve this defense up by keeping it on the ground to prevent 3rd and long situations. Even when the Dolphins had third and long situations against the Broncos, they went away from the "amoeba" defense a bit and tried to use more conventional sets. Why would they do this against a young QB who hasn't proven anything yet?

The Ugly

The Dolphins played down to the competition, as they have been doing for years. During the favorable part of their schedule, the team struggled against a struggling team. The offense struggled against a defense that doesn't honestly scare anyone and the defense struggled against a struggling QB who was questionable to even play.

Overall

While they will probably beat the Jets and Bengals (although if both teams commit to the run, who knows!), they better figure something out for the tough part of the schedule at the end of the season. I believe this team still has a lack of talent and that the coaching staff has been the main reason for the success. That will only take you so far. Sure, it takes no talent to avoid penalties, but it takes talent to make special plays, especially on offense.

We're not there yet.

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The defensive gimmicks were tried and didn’t work, ultimately forcing Flores to abandon the idea...Kid Shula had a plan, quick sideline passes or backs out of the backfield, always getting rid of the ball quickly. Despite playing injured Locke played a heck of a game, his passes had zip and were accurate, so credit is due Denver.


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Thanks, Rich. Nicely done.

Rich wrote:
The run defense has been a weakness all season. As currently constructed, this team, if it even makes the playoffs, will find little success in the playoffs because teams that can run the ball (of which there are usually quite a few in the playoffs), will carve this defense up by keeping it on the ground to prevent 3rd and long situations. Even when the Dolphins had third and long situations against the Broncos, they went away from the "amoeba" defense a bit and tried to use more conventional sets. Why would they do this against a young QB who hasn't proven anything yet?


The joke in the chat room each week is that if a team was smart they'd run the ball 65-70% of the time against us. That would stop the 3rd and long situations and take away our Amoeba scheme. I'm not sure if we have a run scheme problem or a talent problem, but the Broncos have had OL problems all year but they dominated us with nice swing blocks for the running game which they used more than once which we had no answer for, and they protected Lock well. Very disappointing outcome in this one.


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Tua Tagovailoa had a completely unproductive outing, missing throws, holding onto the ball too long, looking sluggish in the pocket and getting benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who locks into receivers way too often.


The Broncos have a good DL, but Tua is going to have to adjust to the fact that our receivers do not get separation as he did at Alabama. It is a weakness in this group. The telling tale is that once Fitzpatrick got into the game, the Broncos has less impact in their pass rush. Did you notice a change in their scheme or was Fitzpatrick not afraid to squeeze the ball into those tight spaces quickly?

Got to hand it to Fitzpatrick, even though he looked at DeVante Parker too long on that interception in the end zone, but he nearly pulled off a 99 yard drive after Van Ginkel stripped the ball with our "bend to the end zone" defense.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:39 am 
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Rich wrote:
At 5'7", while Jakeen Grant has speed, he is simply not a good deep option because he has the catch radius of a gnat.


Okay, this really made me laugh.

Nice work as always.


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Despite playing injured Locke played a heck of a game, his passes had zip and were accurate, so credit is due Denver.


If he gets the mental part of the game solidified he will be awesome. His arm talent is effortless and second to none.


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I'd add Jerome Baker and Elandon Roberts to the bad list. They take such bad angles to the ball. Please replace them with one linebacker in the draft.


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Nice job Rich.

I think we miss Wilkins a lot. Raekwon has played well but we need Wilkins.


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carreramia wrote:
The defensive gimmicks were tried and didn’t work, ultimately forcing Flores to abandon the idea...


But they did. The Dolphins were able to go up 7-0 early because on third and long they threw that defense at Lock and he threw a pick. On the next drive for the Broncos, the Dolphins inexplicably went away from the amoeba. They rushed four out of a stationary formation and Lock was able to make plays.

All that is a moot point as once the Broncos started running the ball, it didn't matter. You can't amoeba your way through a game when you're consistently facing 3rd and short.

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Appreciate the time, Rich.

I would add Jason Sanders to the good. After missing his first of the year last week, came back strong this week. Van Gink too, aside from having 2 penalties on one play. He made up for it a few plays later with the fumble on Melvin Gordon. Was also in the backfield quite often it seemed.

While I would have liked for Tua to have never lost, for his future, this was a big time learning experience. If he is truly a student of the game, he needed this loss. He looked like A double S for 50+ minutes (yet the Dolphins nearly got it to OT). It was obvious early on he had little touch in the Mile High air, and his deep passes sailed. Vic Fangio saw a vulnerable QB and called up a mix of stunts and rushing linebackers to smack some reality back into the young group.

One thing I suppose is both good and bad is the fact that Tua doesn't seem to have a "guy" that he goes to. When Fitz came in, it was no shock that Gesicki immediately had a deep ball his way. This is a good thing when the team is ahead and Miami can spread the wealth, so to speak. But in times when little is clicking, having that go to guy becomes crucial, and Tua didn't have him.


Without being able to stop the run, this is what the defense will look like regardless of the opponent. Now it's time to see how the squad bounces back after a tough week.


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I loved lock coming out


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:33 pm 
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Great write up rich.


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