Dolphins Special Teams: 31st in punt return coverage, 32nd in kickoff return coverage

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  1. normaldude

    normaldude Starter

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    Why are we so universally bad in covering punt & kick returns?

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    "..The Dolphins are 31st in the NFL in average return yards allowed on punts and 32nd on kickoffs.."

    http://www.sportsline.com/nfl/story/11111406
     
  2. a1csiriaS

    a1csiriaS Well-Known Member

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    because the coaching sucks! its obvious we need a new st coach i mean damn if it wasnt for such a horride ST we wouldnt BARELY gotten past a team as bad as the raiders.. i really hope Tony lays down the hammer on the whole ST and coaching they need to get their act together otherwise we are doomed against new england
     
  3. Legion

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    The coaching is bad, but it's not like we have a ton of talent. Guys with talent on this team start on offense or defense, with very few exceptions.
     
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    Says it all really

    Im actually amazed we are not last in punt coverage
     
  5. Dolphins Own

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    Hm. Better then I thought. Not last in all ST categories...
     
  6. normaldude

    normaldude Starter

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    As said, our ST is a really an ad hoc barameter of the team's depth and underscores all the more how remarkable its success is. Our starters are exceeding expectations (with some exceptions) while our scrubbies and the holes in which they put our starters suck.

    As we continue to improve through the next draft and FA signing cycle, our ST will no doubt be bolstered by some of this season's more marginal starters. Until then, short of using first stringers, a suggestion I don't at all embrace, it's a sad fact we're gonna have to live with and hope for the best.
     
  8. normaldude

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    I was thinking.. if we're #32 in kickoff return coverage, AND #32 in kickoff returns, our offense & defense is playing with a massive field position handicap.

    That would explain why our offense is ranked #8 in yards, but #23 in points. In order to put the ball in the endzone, our offense has to gain a ton of extra yards to overcome the field position handicap.
     
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    Kdawg954 The D will RushYa, Like Moscow Donator

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    If we WANT to make the playoffs . . . like everybody wants . . . this stat has gotta get better . . . PERIOD.
     
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    juniorseau55 The Finheaven Intimidator

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    I think the draft will be a good place to grab a linebacker with the 4th or 5th round pic or just any player in general that wants to contribute.
     
  12. SCLSU Mud Dogs

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    if not for Cobbs we would look worse than a high school team in special teams.

    Is this guy a playmaker or what?
     
  13. Lappy

    Lappy Speedwagon:3 am Crew!

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    you're exactly right and I think if we are in the hunt for a playoff birth late this season you will see more first stringers playing on important special team plays.

    You hate to do that but you have to play with what you have.

    They can also adapt a more "safe" coverage for the short term......we know that we can not get down early in games do to a special teams touchdown. We can not rely solely on our throwing game.....we need to keep running the ball. That's how we've won and will continue to win.
     
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    Does that surprise you? (where've you been lately..keeping the California highways safe?)
     
  15. hellsapoppin

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    I wouldn't be surprise to see one or two special team guys let go this week and bring in some other players.....
     
  16. DuderinoN703

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    Because somebody has to be 31st and 32nd

    :foundout:
     
  17. Predaphin

    Predaphin Predator in the Water

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    Dude, we're so freakin bad on ST, that i'm contemplating on putting our starters there. Let Joey Porter go out there and make a tackle....lol j/k
     
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    Lappy Speedwagon:3 am Crew!

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    YES IT DOES!!!! :lol:

    Sorry I started a new job and it's kept me out of the office a lot, but I was moved positions now again.....moved back to a desk and running a team of 4. So you'll be reading my nonsense more regularly again!
     
  19. fugawzi

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    Our special teams has been HORRIBLE! I don't know what the problem is, or why they can't seem to fix it. Sparano and co. really need to figure out what's going on and FIX IT! Remember the Texans game when they returned that TD on us? Take that away and we probably would have won that game. Same thing almost happened to us yesterday against the Raiders, thank your God that it didn't. That's not counting all the big returns that went against us and set up easy TDs for the opposing team, Denver comes to mind as well as some others. Imagine how much better we would be and how much more in control we would be if we could JUST TACKLE GUYS on punt and kickoff returns.
     
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    What's scary to me is you Coach Sparano, B.P. and crew are obviously aware of this now. They've done amazing work in a lot of other areas, so they couldn't possibly have ignored the ST. Assuming that they have recognized the problem and have tried to work on it, it's only seemed to get worse.
    I'm totally not blaming them, just saying that we have to think they've tried to fix it with no results. There's probably not much they can do mid season anyway, there isn't exactly top flight personnel waiting to be signed right now.
     
  21. finfan3223

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    I know thank god for Cobbs. He is quickly becoming one of my favorite players because he does everything:hi5:
     
  22. uga3406

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    im not surprised they r ranked that bad
     

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