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The first-half effort was very good and several players had "moments." Josh Rosen was making accurate throws downfield and the offensive line was buying him just enough time do so. Kudos to rookie Michael Dieter for holding his own and then being asked to play left tackle. Bobby McCain capitalized on a horrendous decision by Dak Prescott and some of the newer arrivals in the secondary stopped what appeared to be an early touchdown drive for Dallas.
Christian Wilkins and Davon Godchaux did very fine jobs disrupting Dallas's vaunted interior offensive line. They created pressure, cut off running lanes and allowed others to make tackles.
The coaching was not up to par. It didn't appear any half time adjustments were made on offense and the defense got worn down. What appeared to be a close game got out of hand quickly because Dallas was able to apply significant pressure on Rosen and he had to force throws.
Someone needs to explain why the coaching staff decided all plays inside the 15-yard line needed to be running plays. Kallen Ballage ranks among the worst in the league with yards after contact and the coaches decided that handing him the ball while Rosen was throwing dimes was a smart play.
Jakeem Grant is becoming a liability. Another muffed punt and he isn't exactly lighting it up as a receiver.
The drops in this game were unacceptable. Jakeem Grant, Kenyan Drake, Devante Parker, and Preston Williams were all guilty of it. Parker's ridiculous drop inside the 10-yard line (the one time Rosen was allowed to throw) was nearly intercepted and basically wiped away the good will he received for his earlier one-handed catch. Miami really needs to consider other receivers because these all too frequent instances are costing the team points.
Xavien Howard had a bad day, a very bad day. It concluded with him being ejected and it makes you wonder where his patience level is at.
This game was the worst loss this year because Miami had opportunities to at least keep it close. The coaching staff failed Rosen and the offense in my opinion. I understand that the talent level is minimal and the receivers had some awful drops, but their play-calling in the Red Zone was curious at best. Miami's schedule softens up a bit in the next few weeks so maybe we'll see some better football. Maybe they can pull off a win to at least look like they're giving their best efforts in game plans and adjustments.
The defense kept it respectable for a while despite being on the field way too much and the coaches not dialing up creative blitz packages to get Tom Brady. They ended up sacking Brady twice and hitting him a few other times. New Linebacker Vince Biegel and new Defensive Tackle John Jenkins did some nice work creating pressure and disrupting the pocket. I think they only missed a handful of tackles as opposed to last week when they missed about a dozen.
Despite the craziness and the rumors I thought Minkah Fitzpatrick did okay. Saw him make some tackles and be around the ball. He really should replace Eric Rowe on the boundary (if he isn't traded this week).
Xavien Howard had some hiccups (penalties, missed tackles) but he largely kept Josh Gordon out of the game.
Josh Rosen unleashed three very nice deep throws although two of them were dropped. The third was a great seam pass for a completion. Don't be surprised if he gets the nod versus Dallas next weekend or at the very least is inserted for more than mop up duty. I'm not saying Rosen played well, but it was cool to see his arm talent on a few drop backs.
Let's start with the coaches. What is going on? Players don't know their assignments, receivers can't get open and defenders are being left on island to cover a very good crowd of New England receivers. Its supposed to be the front office tanking, not the coaching staff.
Miami's receivers dropped seven passes with at least three of them costing the team touchdowns. At some point they have to reduce the targets to Jakeem Grant and Preston Williams who both have serious cases of the dropsies.
Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to think he has Dan Marino's arm combined with elite accuracy. He cannot hit tight window throws and it created a pair of interceptions. You can't keep trotting him out there.
Kalen Ballage. I feel for the guy because he was inconsolable on the sideline, however ducking a pass and that crazy bobble leading to a pick six were two of the worst receiving results I've ever witnessed. He has nine carries for five yards on the season yet we were led to believe Miami would lean on him. Hopefully he finds himself because the talent is there.
Train wreck is too kind for the offensive line. Fitzpatrick and Rosen were under duress too often and the running lanes were non existent. Jesse Davis took a step back this week and Danny Isidora was eventually benched.
Guys, this isn't getting better any time soon unless the coaches adjust. Starting Rosen and developing a quick pass game plan is step one. Moving the pocket or designing roll outs to give him at least a little time to open up the field is step two. Maybe getting Isaiah Ford involved and targeting Allen Hurns, Mike Gesicki and Kenyan Drake more is step three. I just don't know.
If the defense is allowed to blitz they just might get this team a victory or two. I just don't know why the coaches insist on being vanilla.
We're on to Dallas.