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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
Well if you can call a severe butt kicking at the hands of Baltimore a bump. In any case, the response to a loss of this type is always more important than the one loss. If there’s a hangover to this week and it becomes 2 losses it may destroy any hopes of a post season visit. To be honest, I think most realistic fans are in bonus mode. We all feel good where the team is at and their Head Coach and if they happen to find the playoffs then great. If not, then so be it.
I’m not going to dissect last weeks miserable performance but we do need to address what made that happen. In particular on the defensive side, the Dolphins totally ignored the obvious and only threat the Ravens had in a short passing game. Tony Lippett is a WR converting to CB in the NFL. He is a raw athletic talent they feel they can develop. That s fine but he allowed a perfect passer rating last week. 100% of the throws to his man were caught. What is more unfortunate is they never changed out of the zone defensive approach that Lippett struggles with. If they’re afraid to use him in press coverage, then things won’t change this weekend. If the Cards need a first down, they’ll find Tony Lippett and throw his way. There’s no pass rush in the world than can get to a QB in under 2 seconds. Expecting Miami’s front 4 to do that is unreasonable. Vance Joseph has to shelve that defense and go back to the defenses that worked in the win streak. The odd part to me is he ran that defense against Kaepernick who is a running QB. That’s not the defense you’d prefer to run against a running QB because it puts your DBs with their backs to the LOS. That was the defense needed for a pocket passer like Flaco. Unfortunately he made no adjustments in either game. Miami should’ve lost both. Carson Palmer is a good QB. If he can take a 3 step drop and hit his guys unmolested because the defense is 10yds off, it will again be a long day.
AZ has a solid defense. Miami is not going to find a lot of passing lanes open against this defense. They also get after the QB. All of this means a couple of things. Miami has to exploit their base defense by throwing more on first down and they have to get Jay Ajayi on track. Ryan Tannehill (RT) threw 2 redzone picks last week and has to avoid mistakes like that this week. He has to be the same efficient game manager Miami has experienced in its win streak. AZ is kind of baffling to me. They have solid offensive and defensive stats and a weak schedule but have managed a poor win loss record given all of that. Additionally, they’re 1-5 on the road with their only win against hapless San Francisco. Their most impressive performance was at home against Seattle well over a month ago where they managed a tie. They have been very Jeckyl and Hyde this season, but mostly Mr Hyde. I think the key is if Miami’s defensive backs can hold coverage long enough for the DL to badger Palmer. In any case, I’m not expecting this to be a blow out for either team and the game likely won or lost in the 4th quarter.