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Apple pie baking in the oven. Turkey roasting in the oven. Fresh cut grass. New-fallen snow on a crisp winter morning.
These are a some of my favorite smells. Smells that I can recall vividly and instantaneously. Scents that make me sigh… make me smile… make me long for the experience it implies.
Dog poo. Vomit. Rotting potatoes (trust me; if you haven’t experienced the odor, it is horrific.) These are also burned into my conscience as some of the most distasteful, repulsive odors I have had to endure.
Kind of like the memory of Miami’s offense in the Bengals’ game last Thursday.
I have not trusted myself to participate in the boards on the Phinfever forum much since that travesty. I try to present myself as a “cup-half-full” kind of guy and I didn’t want to spill that half-cup of optimism by posting what I was really feeling after that game. It was that bad.
So here I am, trying (again) to find a way to find hope in the midst of the perfect storm of bad football we’ve been subjected to. Like trying to sense a whiff of apple pie while standing in a sewer. What I am left with is this. Building blocks.
We have some solid pieces of the puzzle on our roster right now. Pieces that are young, talented and show room for growth. Other pieces that are still early enough in their careers to build around but seasoned enough to consider building blocks. Pieces to give us hope.
Lots of questions, on all sides of the ball. Here’s hoping we begin to see legitimate answers as the season progresses. Let’s start this week, against Tennessee. Let’s start to see some answers. Let’s catch a whiff of hope.
Nothing is wrong in Miami. Miami played two games on the road in Seattle and NE where their combined home record is 17-4 since Sept 2015. Miami, if they’re living up to expectations would have played competitive in those games but lose them. .. and they did. They then win ugly at home against Cleveland and lose again on the road, on a short week to Cincinnati. FTR they were pretty banged up along the OL in the last 2 games and if you were to ask any Dolphin Fan what area of the team would least likely to be able to weather injuries…OL would be right up there at the top. This is a brutal opening 4 games for Gase and the morale of the team is something that bears watching. He was brought in to change the losing culture on this team. If he loses their confidence, fans are looking a long rebuilding project that would take years. That brings us to TN.
If Miami wins big against TN, assuming the game is even played due to Hurricane Matthew, all will be mostly back to normal in fansville. Lose the game or win another ugly game where TN just gives them the win and the discussions surrounding the coach, QB, OL etc will continue on. Tennessee has a solid rushing game DeMarco Murray is having a solid start to his season. He is their threat on offense. The second thing they have to do on defense is quit giving up the 5-10yd pass so easily. Their CBs are tall and physical but are slow out of the back pedal and transition. Playing them 10yds off the WR is an automatic 7-9yds on first down. Miami does this a lot in their base defense and needs to stop. The other puzzling piece is how they seem to be coached to take away the outside of the field instead of the inside. Every successful throw underneath has the CB on the outside of the WR. This is a recipe for disaster in today’s quick throwing NFL.
On Offense Miami needs RT to have a good day. That will start up front with the OL. Miami appears to get both Pouncey and Alberts back which will be huge. They’re a decent team with all these guys on the field. Tennessee’s defense is middle of the pack and they’re slightly better against the pass than they are against the run. I keep calling for Gase to throw out of the base package more and also to keep RT in the gun more because he seems to be a lot better back there when he is surveying the defense. The long play fakes where he turns his back to the LOS almost always end up in disaster.
You don’t use the words “must-win” usually until about November….but Miami has to win this game if they’re plan on having a winning record. If they lose this game, it is curtains on the season. Shula was once asked the secret to being in the playoffs so consistently. His answer was “beat the teams you’re supposed to beat”. It really was that simple. Shula didn’t win them all but he rarely lost when his team was supposed to win. Gase has to start there. Tennessee is one of those teams Miami should beat.