Former Pro Bowl guard Mark Schlereth, an ESPN NFL television analyst, held back nothing in roasting the game plan the Miami Dolphins coaches implemented against the Chicago Bears on Thursday night.http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miam ... ?track=rss
Schlereth's comments were preceded by a question asking how the team could have handed the ball to the running backs only seven times.
"I just think it's inexcusable. That is an awful job by that coaching staff."
Schlereth's co-host interjected, asking, "Even if [the Bears] are stacking the box?"
The three-time Super Bowl champion (with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos) then went off:
"That's an an awful job by that coaching staff regardless. Their best 11 guys are when they get into their Wildcat formation, no disrespect to Tyler Thigpen. They got into the Wildcat exactly zero times [on Thursday night], they did not run the ball at all [on Thursday night]. ... I've heard excuses coming out of Miami, I've heard people talking about, 'You know, We have a beat-up offensive line.' All the more reason that you run the football. Let me tell you something, pass protection in this league is 10 times harder than run blocking: assignment-wise, picking up blitz, all those different things.
"With young guys and guys who don't have a lot of experience, much harder than it is to run the football. So don't give me this baloney about Oh, we had guys injured, so we're gonna drop back and throw it. That's garbage. Absolute garbage. The coaching staff for the Miami Dolphins ought to be embarrassed. As a former offensive lineman, when I watch that, what they put on the field, it makes me angry, because I know how hard it is to go out there and pass protect when you've got guys like the Chicago Bears defense breathing down your neck.
"Your job as a defense is to make that offense one-dimensional. Miami walked out of the locker room one-dimensional, they did that for the Bears. Now, the Bears, on the flip side, made them zero-dimensional, because once [the Dolphins] became one dimensional, they were just rushing the passer. And then I would see things like 'We're running play-action.' Hey, yeah, that will getcha. Right? That will get the Bears. Run some play-action. You ran it four times in the first half. Run a couple play-actions, that'll fool them.
"That was a garbage game plan."