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2015 Dolphins Draft Picks
The Dolphins traded RB Jay Ajayi to the Iggles for a 4th round pick. They say that he was clashing with the coaches, and was not hitting the designed hole. Instead he was trying to hit the home run.Tannenbaum said that help was coming, and a 2018 fourth round pick is definitely not help for the 2017 season. I'll say this about our front office ... they aren't afraid to wheel and deal. So far we are definitely dealing. I'm waiting for the wheeling part.
I'm very unhappy that we traded him, and I am also unhappy in how little we got for a Pro Bowl running back. I am thinking that this move was quickly made after our loss last week as when Gase says he is tired of it, he means it. Too bad Ajayi didn't learn from when we cut Byron Maxwell for the same thing on defense.
This is very disappointing, and I am expecting another move to be made today by the 4pm trade deadline for 2017. I tell you that it is hard to get on board with this move, but we do not see what is going on behind closed doors. I trust Gase, so, I will continue to watch the worst offense in the NFL get worst this season. Expect Kenyan Drake, who actually did find holes late in the Ravens game, to carry the load. Welcome to your promotion, Drake.
A lot of people were comparing Coach Gase to Coach Don Shula. Well, when Shula was tired of someone who did not cooperate with him, they quickly got into his doghouse and were traded. That is what happened to Pro Bowl S Doug Swift and several others. Remember Sammie Smith ... the man who liked to fumble at the goalline? Gone.
A little more info from Mando:
He complained bitterly about not getting the football. He stormed out of the locker room -- get this, after wins -- because he hadn’t gotten what he deemed to be enough carries. And, oh yes, he didn’t exactly light it up on the field. And here’s the thing: All this was done undercover. Ajayi complained to his position coach. And he carried around an attitude around other teammates. But he never took his concerns to the only voice that matters and that’s Gase.
Football games like this are finite.
Let's start with the offensive line. They have been terrible pretty much all season. Run blocking is even worse than last year, and last year was pretty bad as Jay Ajayi led the league in getting hit in the backfield. This season, he may double that. Ajayi is being met before getting back to the line of scrimmage on a consistent basis. And he seems to be wearing down as he wasn't able to break tackles against the Ravens. Pass protection was awful too as Matt Moore was getting hit frequently. This offensive line has to be near the bottom in both categories. It is time to blow this unit up.
Matt Moore, two pick sixes. It's bad enough that the offense can't score. It is worse when they can score but for the other team. This should dispel the notion that Moore was going to play so well in Cutler's absence that it would create a QB controversy. The fact of the matter is that while the offensive line continues to be a problem, as it has been for YEARS in Miami, then it doesn't matter who you put at quarterback.
The defensive front 7 could not stop the run, even when Ryan Mallet came in at quarterback and it was obvious the Ravens would hardly throw.
The sequence where Kiko Alonso hit Joe Flacco and knocked him out of the game. The ensuing scrum and then the behavior of Ndamukong Suh the rest of the game to hurt his team with stupid penalties.
Speaking of penalties, did someone forget to tell Laremy Tunsil the snap count?
Finally, why does it seem like a constant issue on every play where someone seems to be lost? Is the coaching staff doing an effective enough job of preparing players? Someone always seems to be blocking the wrong way, running the wrong route or looking lost before the play. I think this is a bigger issue than a few players playing dumb, because our best players are doing it and it happens too frequently.
What is there to say to a 40-0 drubbing? There aren't one or two things to fix to change the result. Well, the offensive line would be a good start as it is impacting both the running and passing game.
But hey, we only gave up 3 sacks so it can't be that bad.... right?