Hayden Fox's Assessment Week 14

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  1. Hayden Fox

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    Positives

    * First of all, what a quality win that was. On the road, in the cold, in the snow, in a tough road environment versus playoff competition. It was a gutsy, gutsy win.
    * Props to Daniel Thomas. Many thought DT was done for the year. First, he showed toughness by simply returning to the lineup, but it was his contributions that were huge today. On a day that tough, straight ahead running was needed, Thomas answered the call. He had 105 yards on 16 carries and TD. The biggest run of the day was a 55 yarder that set up the eventual game winning TD in the 4th quarter.
    * The running game churned out a total of 181 yards. Very impressive.
    * Charles Clay. Stud performance. 98 yards on 7 receptions and 2 TD's. His game winner, he busted through tackles to hit pay dirt. There were some other receptions in which he juked defenders to gain extra yards. Clay was a weapon today.
    * Ryan Tannehill has excellent today. He was 20-33 for 200 yards, 3 TD's and 1 interception. He was also effective with his legs. A 48 yard read option helped get the offense going early. 56 rushing yards total Tannehill.
    * The pass protection was great. Considering the opponent and its scheme, the line gave up only two sacks.
    * Mike Pouncey was athletic and got out in front on multiple runs.
    * Brian Hartline's TD catch. A vintage Hartline toe tap.
    * Rush defense. The defense held Pittsburgh and the talented La'Veon Bell to 84 yards.
    * Cameron Wake with a strip, sack. It set up the team's first TD.
    * Olivier Vernon had big tackle on Ben Roethlisberger on 4th down. It was a big tackle. O.V. also garnered another sack to his team leading total.
    * Nolan Carroll was tough in coverage. He had some big passes defensed. None other were bigger than a late PD on a 3rd down in the 4th. The Fins eventually got the ball after a Steelers punt and RT led the offense to a go ahead score.
    * Brent Grimes was up to his usual self today. He had nice coverage during the game.
    * Miami coverage's units were dynamite today. The weather conditions were brutal to cover kicks and yet they were up to the task. Don Jones had a great open field tackle. Marlon Moore had a big stick. Both kicks and punts were covered very well.
    * Jimmy Wilson blocked a punt (technically the punt went one yard so it is a deflection). It was a good aggressive play.
    * Mike Sherman's play calling was good today. He took use of the read option (perhaps could have done more). I like how they took multiple shots deep. He stayed with the run as well. Good day for Sherm.
    * Kevin Coyle used Dion Jordan in some different looks. One that caught my eye is on a passing down, Jordan was inside at DT. Upon the snap, he busted out into coverage.
    * Good challenge by Joe Philbin on the Hartline TD catch.
    * Joe Philbin had his team ready to go and mentally prepared for the cold. It is always tough to play two road games in a row. However, Philbin ultimately had his team up to the task.
    * The team did not quit after the Troy Polamalu's pick six.
    * The offense scored a TD off of a TO created by the defense.
    * 34 points in a win. Miami was the last team in the league to accomplish the 30 point barrier.
    * The team snapped its skid of not scoring a TD in the 4th quarter.

    Negatives

    * The game management by Joe Philbin at the end of the 1st half was awful. First, he let time tick down and did not stop the clock as the Steelers went to punt. Jimmy Wilson then went on to block the punt. For some reason, on 4th and 2, Philbin elected a 53 yard field goal...at a stadium in which nobody kicks long FG's successfully...let alone during a snow event. The kick was run back as Dolphins fans heart's jumped a beat thinking of Alabama/Auburn. The right call, with multiple timeouts, would have been to go for it and see if a closer FG could have been accomplished.
    * The defense let up on the last play. Some players were not set, some looked like they thought the Steelers could not possibly score and looked for someone else to make the play. Fortunately, Brown stepped out of bounds. Both Reshard Jones and Chris Clemons took horrible angles to the ball carrier. This team must literally finish each game.
    * 3rd down offense. The offense was only 5 of 13.
    * 3rd down defense. The Steelers hit on 50% of 3rd downs (8-16). There were also way too many 3rd and long's yielded.
    * 1 to 1 Turnover differential. For the Dolphins to win down the stretch, they have to get this stat on the "plus" side. At the very least today, the Dolphins were even and that was enough to win today.
    * Ryan Tannehill's pick six.
    * The defense gave up a TD after Miami went up ten points. In under three minutes, the Fins were up ten and were down four points.
    * The defense gave up a TD after Hartline's TD.
    * The defense had no answer for Jerricho Cotchery and Antonio Brown.
    * Holding penalties on Mike Pouncey and Lamar Miller on the same drive.
    * Part of the issues on defense is Kevin Coyle's schemes get figured out and there is no "second" adjustment from him.
    * While I liked the read option looks, RT had a few chances to keep the ball for yards. Whether he read it wrong or was told to hand the ball off, more yards could have been earned with the QB keeping the ball. QB's can get injured in this spot, so I totally understand not wanting to expose the QB.

    Overall Assessment

    * Huge win. On the road, in the cold, in the snow, at a tough road venue, against an experienced team still in that is still in the mix...just a big, big win.
    * This win effectively ends the season for the Steelers. The Fins and Ravens are essentially pitted against each other going down the stretch.
    * Ben Roethlisberger is an excellent QB. He is talented and tough.
    * Scoring 34 points on a **** LeBeau defense is an accomplishment. Props to the players and offensive coaching staff. Regardless of the aging players on the Pittsburgh defense, it still is coached well and has smarts and pride. Nice accomplishment by the offense.
    * Miami overcame adversity today...awesome to see. However, there are other times they cannot handle success. Being up and losing leads is too common this season. It is up to the coaching staff to get this team to improve in understanding the momentum swings of a game.
    * I still think that Mike Tomlin should have been suspended today. The act he pulled on Thanksgiving is disgusting and has no part in the game.
    * The Steelers are dirty. Cameron Heyward threw two Dolphins to the ground. Ryan Clark was head hunting all game. After Big Ben was stopped short of the 1st down, a linemen leveled Koa Misi well after the play.
    * I never want to hear Steelers fans complain about not getting calls. They get calls all the time.
    * What is the exact concussion protocol? How does Ike Taylor get knocked cold and re-enter the game a few plays later? I am confused.
    * How many of us thought of Nick Saban at the end of the 1st half?
    * With the win the Jason Laconfora's and Louis Riddick's of the world can save the "Dolphins made a mistake by signing Mike Wallace" stories or the writing pieces that talk about how the Steelers "don't make personnel mistakes". Maybe they did or maybe they didn't, but at the end of the day they are 5-8 and Mike Wallace's team is 7-6.
    * Here is hoping that Sun Life is packed to the last row and is a loud, inhospitable building for the Patriots.
    * While we will all talk playoff scenarios and that is proper, in my opinion the season was first about making progress. I questioned a few weeks ago if progress had been this year. However, I can say over the last two weeks, progress has been made. That is outstanding to see. There are still three crucial weeks to go to make the final assessment of how much this team has improved this year.
     
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    I agree with you on Philbin today 100%.

    Terrible management at the end of the first half. Absolutely terrible.

    But outside of that one awful sequence, he deserves huge props. I didn't think this team could win today's game, and they did. Well prepared to play and then his late 4th quarter clock management was good. He played the percentages right, and made the right call to win.
     
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    Oh and I was furious at the end of the half, but thinking about it now, I wonder if joe kicked because he was worried about failing/handing Ben the ball back around midfield with 3 TOs remaining.
     
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    That's exactly what happens when you miss a 52 yard field goal attempt made toward an end zone where only 1 of 8 kicks of 50+ yards have EVER been successful. In a snowstorm.

    I'm sorry but that one decision was among the worst I have ever seen made by a head coach. I honestly can't think of a worse one. It is one blemish on what was otherwise a pretty impressive job by the Dolphins staff today.
     
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    Carroll is becoming more expensive to re-sign by the week. Crucial breakup on third and long today.
     
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    big win for the Fins today.
     
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    Thank you Hayden for an excellent synopsis. I have wondered if Paul Soliai had good hands and after his attempt to catch the ball, we now know that this is not Big Paulie's strong suit. (I expect that he will get some feedback lol).
    I also want to give props to Chris Clemons for some bone crunching tackling. He doesn't get much attention but I saw him twice inflict real pain to Steelers from great tackles. I think that he is a bigger part of the Defense than many realize.
    The other great learning from today is that Tannehill is showing more leadership. Considering it was his very first game in the snow and it started pretty badly, he remained calm and personally led the team back into the game. His confidence is growing week by week.
     
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    How you gauge the quality of the teams season is where I'm right with you. We can't deny this team is not likely a playoff game winner. Not good enough. This past summer I just hoped to see the young players look good and establish themselves. I looked to see Wallace work out. Tannehill be better. See if we had a ground game. Learn if Philbin is a good coach and maybe win 9 games. Overall, even though we blew at least 2 more wins to date, I grade it based on my expectations...a B minus. Keep it up.

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    I am an Alabama fan. That first half field goal run back and last pay off the game almost had me in a straight jacket. I was thought "pleas, not twice in one season"
     
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    While the 4th and 2 decision at the end of the 1st half was horrible, it has been pointed out that the decision not to call timeout with the Steelers punting with 1:33 remaining was justifiable.

    From where the Steelers were punting, the Dolphins could have been pinned deep in their own territory. Then, if the Dolphins are stopped, the Steelers, with all 3 timeouts remaining, could get the ball back in excellent field position. I see nothing wrong with taking a lead into halftime.

    The important thing to me was that Philbin's clock management was consistent at the end of each half. That tells me that he had a game plan not to risk turnovers in that weather, and he stuck to it.
     
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    I'm not sure how excited we should be to stop Pitt running game, they stink out loud rushing the ball this year.
     
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    Philbin would not have challenged that huge Hartline TD if Hartline and RT didn't go over and beg and plead with him. Take a look at it. He still was looking pretty clueless and barely wanted to throw it.
     
  15. Hayden Fox

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    He did look very meek.
     
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    Also, blocking on the Daniel Thomas 55 yarder was thing of beauty. Pouncey got a good one but the guard (I think it was Brenner?) totally pancaked his man opening a huge hole for DT.
     
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    I LOVE IT when the positives are double the size of the negatives :D
     
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    Come on Hayden, gotta give Joe a break on that one. He's on the sidelines and it was a toe drag, his vision is limited as everyone else's and even the replay on tv was tough. I'm sure joe was waiting to hear from someone up above watching the replays. He's been very good with his challenges this year. And how many players beg their coach to throw the flag and they're still wrong? I see that all the time
     
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    You must deal well with disappointment. :rimshot:
     
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    Great report as usual. Forward lateral should have been called on last play. Grimes had a real nice hit today. Ireland is here to stay.
     
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    I would of liked to see us take at least one shot into the end zone after we stopped the steelers on 4th down and we were in the red zone with about 2 minutes left in the game. We could of easily put the game away with a TD, but elected to burn some clock and take the FG. I think the end of the game was a little closer then we all anticipated.
     
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    He would've punted if he was worried about that.
     
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    Did anyone else notice after Wake strip sacked Roethlisberger he was crying, but the way he stood over him after the sack made it look like Roethlisberger was crying, which was wierd.
     
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    Awesome write up Hayden! I agree totally. Our team proved themselves today! We are a contender! I hope we beat Tom Brady like a dog next week! :)

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    I felt the same way.... need to stay aggressive.
     
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    * Clay made a nice block on Thomas' long run. He engaged and sealed his man to the inside.

    * Coyle did a good job of moving defenders around. Odrick started the game very poorly at right tackle. He was pushed around and I thought it might be a bad matchup all day. But quickly the fronts were varied.

    * I was very happy when Roethlisberger started targeting LeVeon Bell in the 4th quarter, particularly when it happened two plays in a row. He's not going to beat you with his hands.

    * We needed help to stop the Steeler drive in the middle of the fourth quarter when they led 28-24. Those two penalties were vital, the motion penalty followed by illegally downfield.

    * We should use the read option looks on short yardage and goal line situations more frequently, especially if we incorporate someone in motion behind Tannehill. It really opens things up, even if you have no intention of the quarterback keeping the ball. I saw numerous examples of success this week, including Bryce Brown bashing into the end zone for the Eagles.

    * Difficult to complain about much of anything tonight
     
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    Chris Clemons is a big part of the defense and I realize it, on a play that could have been the season for us, he is the last line of defense when any kind of tackle ends the game with the clock expired, and despite having the angle on the ball carrier he gets caught flat footed and lets the guy run right by him. Only a mistake in footing by Brown left him off the hook and if not for that, Clemons might be the goat of the whole season. When I think Dolphins defense, I thing of choking and of failing to play to their ability and potential in a game's crucial moments, like final drives and defensive drives after the offense has just given us a commanding lead. If you want label a guy a "big part of that" who routinely drops crucial interceptions thrown right to him, and who has less chance of netting a turnover than Randy Starks even though he plays a position which is a ballhawks dream. He's not a terrible player, but painfully mediocre and has little ability to change a game.

    Sorry for the anti-Clemons rant, but reading the OP just reminded me of how furious I am at a defense that has yielded without fail against every team not QB'd by Geno Smith or Brandon Weeden.
     
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    This all speculation. He was listening to the guys upstairs before he threw it. Hartline just made sure he threw it a little earlier.

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    Great write up. I think the play of the game was Daniel Thomas' big run to set up the winning TD.
     
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    Completely agree. The sequence where we could have called a timeout to save time was more a case of a great job by the Steelers rather than a poor job by us. By the time we realized what they were doing the timeout was more valuable than the 10-20 seconds we would have saved anyway.

    Terrible decision to try the field goal though.
     
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    Outstanding post.....excellent comments as always :)
     
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    RT was 20 of 33, and 4 or 5 of those attempts were thrown away. He had a good, not great game. The OL played well with 2 sacks ( Garner and Clab0), and only 3 hits. I think this was the first game all year when there were no drops. Some have said that conditions increase concentration.

    The DL brought the heat with another good game. Ellerbe and Wheeler had bad games. The DB's were average, other than Carroll.

    I disagree on Philbin's time management at the end of the half. I believe we planned to run out the clock unless we got a big play off the punt, which I would have agreed with. The blocked punt changed that but, that's hindsight.
     
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    Joe Philbin's teams have had a record of bad clock management and not finishing halves or games. They did in Sept. and vs the Jets, but not yesterday and against Carolina.
     
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    I cannot help, but think, "thank God he stepped out of bounds".
     
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    Its amazing to me how many excellent reviews there are post game here at FH and yet you can't turn on QAM or 790 and get a competent group together to break it down on the radio. Replacing the radio feed with the text from the OP would blow away the crap that comes out of someone like Brandon Guzios mouth. I wouldnt have an issue with him if he had HIS opinion and stuck to it. But hes such a flip-flopper its brutal to listen to every week. Not to mention there is absolutely nothing smooth about his delivery. How does that guy get that job?

    Anyway, great stuff as always from Hayden Fox.
     
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    lol yep. I was yelling at my TV for him to challenge that. Glad Thill and Hartline talked him into it.
     
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    I noticed that too. Dan Campbell looks like a damn good TEs coach from the outside looking in.
     
  37. Hayden Fox

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    I was yelling too. LOL. I was saying some bad words to Joe.

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    I think Philbin took a minute to throw the challenge because he was listerning to the coaches in the booth. You know the ones who can replay the play for themselves. He took a minute to gather infromation and made a choice. That's what i saw.

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    and if jeff ireland has any intention of keeping his job he will find a way to get Charles Clay a big pay day. I mean really we can't let go of #42
     
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    Philbin really needs to work on his in-game management. He's had some real headscratchers since he's been here and there are times this team has looked completely unprepared for games. At least we finally scored more than 30 points (only the 3rd time in 2 seasons).
     
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    What a great game to watch yesterday.

    Fins showed a lot of heart going into Pittsburgh during a snow storm and coming out on top, even after being down.

    Thumbs up me if you agree.
     
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    It was a great weekend for me; 1) The phins won & more than likely knocked the evil empire from the playoffs, 2) Auburn (2nd favorite college team) won, & 3 Ohio St (least favorite NCAA team) lost.
     

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