Hayden Fox's Assessment: Week Seven

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  1. Hayden Fox

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    Positives
    * Team committed initially to the run and had success. Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller were good today. Miller has some zoo-zoo.
    * The team tried to move the pocket with roll outs and read option.
    * The reverse was solid look to Wallace.
    * Brandon Gibson athletically going over the top for a TD.
    * Ryan Tannehill to Wallace deep and in stride. Might be improving.
    * Tannehill bailed out Mike Sherman (after some brutal play calls) when he broke contain and hit Brandon Gibson for his second TD.
    * Pass pro was good until it buckled at the end.
    * The defense got a key stop in the red zone and forced the Bills to pull with in one.
    * Jared Odrick was active
    * Randy Starks had a sack and a FF.
    * Dimitri Patterson had a huge sack to back up the Bills late in the 4th.
    * Chris Clemons garners a pick.
    * Reshad Jones had his best game of the year. Did a nice job in run support, got active as a blitzer and held up in coverage.
    * Marcus Thigpen return that gave the offense a chance to score a go ahead field goal at the end of the game.
    * The team was strong out of the gates from half time. They have stunk the last three games and they got points and scores today.

    Negatives
    * A BRUTAL play call at midfield with about three minutes left. A three step drop, strip sack that immediately puts former Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter in field goal range. A dumb call. On the same lines of Mike Sherman's call last year in Arizona.
    * Unacceptable start of the game. Lethargic and slow. That is on the coaching staff and players with little will to win. Flat, flat, flat. The Bills throw a backward pass and no Dolphin defender jumps on the ball. Flat.
    * Lost the TO differential 3-1. Unacceptable.
    * After success with the run, Sherman and Philbin show their faith in the run game by throwing the ball during possible run downs. Unacceptable. Lost the game for the team.
    * Why so much Daniel Thomas? He was good today, but he is not as good as Lamar Miller.
    * Mike Sherman gets RT killed on a QB draw on the 5 yard line.
    * Play calling after the Clemons pick. They go backwards and miss a FG.
    * No challenge on a possible catch by Mike Wallace
    * Ryan Tannehill throws a pick six to start the game.
    * Ryan Tannehill throws a pick in the red zone
    * Ryan Tannheill is stripped at the end of the game and sets the Bills up for a crazy win. 3 step drop and held the ball. The line is busted in two.
    * 3rd down offense: 3 of 13.
    * After the Bills FG and strike it to one. Sherman goes with three straight pass plays.
    * Tyson Clabo got RT killed on a sack and yielded pressure at key moments.
    * After a great return by Thigpen at the end of the game. They team cannot move the ball an inch to try a winning field goal.
    * The defense cannot defend a screen or a TE.
    * Buffalo and a back up, back up QB is 9-19 on 3rd down.
    * Somehow Jimmy Wilson is matched at key moments of the game against Stevie Johnson. He is consistently picked on by other teams.
    * Sturgis miss a FG after the Clemons pick.
    * Don Jones illegally touches a perfect Brandon Fields punt losing valuable field position that the Bills turn into points.
    * Penalties. Unacceptable. Sloppy. Shows undisciplined effort during the bye.
    * Terrible crowd today. Place is empty. No energy and after a loss like this will make it pathetic on Halloween.

    Overall Assessment
    * Shame on people sleeping on the Bills...saying we would kill them. Dumb, dumb, dumb.
    * The team just lost at home. On a bye. To what is ultimately a third string QB. Not good.
    * Cam Wake is hurt. He is a non factor. Huge loss for the team.
    * Tannehill was banged up. He will be out before to long. Took punishment today.
    * Lamar Miller can be a difference maker yet the coaching staff does not use him. Scratch my head moment.
    * I am tired of Joe saying that a fast start is needed and it never happens. At some point, that is on Joe if things are not being executed that he is allegedly is stressing.
    * Also, Joe stressing TO differential and it getting NO BETTER. Again, what does it mean that it is stressed and the team gets bombed in that category.
    * Can they can the "day off on Thursday" practice sked? Maybe that is why they cannot start fast. Stop reinventing the wheel, Joe.
    * All the offense had to do today was not beat itself. In turn, it gave a pick six, threw a pick in end zone and turned it over late to lose the game. Inexplicable.
    * I have been a Mike Sherman defender...no more. I am done. I cannot defend the stuff we have seen.
    * The team does not know prosperity. They score a TD and give up points the other way. They get a turnover, go backwards on offense. That shows something is missing in the belly and lack of direction from the staff.
    * I wanted this team to show progress this year. They had a shot at the playoffs. Yet, this team has gone backwards and is not showing progress. The same mistakes happen every week. I am sure Jeff Ireland will be the fall guy for people. Mike Sherman will follow. However, at what point does Joe Philbin, the leader of the team, get blame? He does not bring any type of edge to the team. No play calling, no motivation, not defensive game planning. He is very disappointing.
    * The team gets killed by New England next week. A loss to the Bengals on Halloween and will then be 3-5 and done for the year. It pisses me off that *******s like Heath Evans and Jason Laconfora will be proven to be right. However, with better execution and coaching this team would be in the playoff hunt.
    * Dark, dark, dark days ahead for this team in the coming weeks.
    * I am drained.
     
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    Until he has a quarterback, expect him to have little or no impact. See Greg Schiano for the value of an "edge."
     
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    Make it simple
    Move your best pass rusher over Clabo. Suggs or Williams
    Sack RT
    Win the game
     
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    Great post as always. Thanks for the perspective.
     
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    Lol don't be drained, you should of expected this... You understand football well. My question to you is this, can you name me a up and coming gm who would lead this franchise back to success? We need a bright gm who knows how to draft and put together a Winning team. That includes picking the coaches as well.
     
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    If they miss the playoffs, the whole regime should be nixed, and that means Philbin too. I hate starting over every 3 years, but Philbin's stubborness on the O-Line will likely cost us the season. We are just not seeing enough progress to warrant another year of rolling the dice.
     
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    This week's going to be ugly. After all the positivity to start the season, we really do find ourselves in a dark place. The idea that we haven't taken the next step as a team and it's the same old bull**** is absolutely terrifying after all these years. We're walking a very thin line now if we want to keep playoff hopes alive.
     
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    Its a shame Reid didn't become available a year earlier or a year later. He could have done some things with Tannehill.
     
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    I want a grizzled vet for a GM. No more experimenting.
     
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    Ireland has put talent that you can have success with at most positions, and while he is still at fault for failing to fill the position that lost us the game today (right tackle), it is absolutely not his fault that the coaching is choosing to call plays that can magnify that weakness in game-losing fashion when they are completely and utterly unnecessary at that point in a game you are winning against a 4th string QB for an also ran team.
     
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    Hold the phone, Tannehill hater....he picked the damn QB!!!! He is connected!

    I like RT and want to see more. Hence, more of Joe and his staff, but don't make out Joe was strapped with RT.
     
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    Man 3 games ago, felt so good, 3 games later, feel like ****...
     
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    Taught him to check down? J/k, I think Reid is entirely underappreciated, and even if his Chiefs ride a game managing offense with limited potential to go far to a playoff spot and then exit, would that not still be a success for a team that had won two games last year and has been a bottom rung team since Vermeil left?
     
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    Excellent post...as always. I agree with everything you said. Sherman and Clabo are both ****ing putrid and need to be fired immediately.
     
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    His QB gave him three TD's and dug out of a 14-0 hole with three scoring passes. Yes, he was responsible for that hole in the first place, and in many ways for the failure to hold that lead, but if Tannehill is as bad as you want to imply, it's a failure of Philbin to be putting the game in his hands with three minutes left when there wasn't a reason to on second down playing with a lead.
     
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    I'd rather have Alex smith too.
     
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    Pretty accurate assessment Hayden. As has been the case for pretty much my entire life, the Dolphins are awesome at beating themselves. Beating other teams remains a problem.
     
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    We don't really know how much "the game was in his hands." If Sherman called a high-percentage play that Tannehill blew, then that's on Tannehill. If he called a low-percentage play, then I agree it's on Sherman.
     
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    Philbin is shackled to his OC, and that OC is his achilles. one or both will need to change... or face being changed. after this loss, blackouts loom for this franchise...
     
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    Are we not watching the same game, our ol gets pushed back immediately the ball is snapped. This ol is really bad....... This team could of been a playoff team if this ol was not this horrible.
     
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    your more level headed then the rest of this board about tannehill so I ask you. was that last fumble on tannehill? looked to me like he barely had time to set up his throwing motion after a 3 step drop...
     
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    Again, your argument is self defeating regardless of how at fault Tannehill really was. If Tannehill really is terrible, then the coaching staff needs to coach accordingly.

    I think Tannehill's pocket presence if horrible, which is why letting that be a factor in the game at all at that point was the absolute wrong move.
     
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    Pocket presence shouldn't be a factor on a play where the first read is a quick throw, and the QB is coached to get rid of the ball if it isn't open (i.e., the "high-percentage play" I mentioned before).

    For all we know, Sherman called a "layup" for Tannehill there, and he missed it. If so, who would that be on?
     
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    Great post... you always nail it!
     
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    It's in his power to do what he wants at OC. He can strip playcalling duties or remove Sherman altogether, either way, he is ultimately responsible.

    I've often said about the Sparano regime that he could have had more success had he not been shackled to a loser of a QB in Henne, but in the end whose fault was it really when Henne continued to start for him?

    ---------- Post added at 05:56 PM ---------- Previous post was at 05:54 PM ----------

    The coach, because he left available the potential for a layup attempt to be turned into a three pointer when neither one was necessary.
     
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    But it is, and the fact of the matter is that we could have still been a playoff team with it if the coaching staff were not exposing it more than necessary and allowing it to be the primary factor in turning a win almost sealed into a loss. The staff coached like they recognized the weakness in the line most of the game, except for when it actually mattered.

    We'd be 4-2 if we won today with that line, and there's every reason to believe we could have won if not for letting the pass blocking be a factor when it was not even necessary in the game.
     
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    I have zero confidence in any aspect of this team from the gm to the coaches to the qb to the rest of the roster. That's not to say that there aren't any good players on the team its just I don't believe they can win when it counts because they as a whole are not very good. I wont believe this team can win until I see it.
     
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    Exasperating loss, Sherman is terrible, I'm done caring.

    At this point we have nothing to lose. Win our next to games and were back in it, or lose em and be done. At least basketball season starts soon.

    Also, want to ditto your point on how terrible that crowd was.

    Fire Sherman, and move the team out of Miami. There's no fans there...yea our team came out flat, maybe the crowd being so flat had something to do with it.

    Give this team to a city that will appreciate having a nfl team, not a bunch of fair weather fools
     
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    Gratz. You win derpiest poster of the year award. Tell me again how great Ireland is and how it's the fans fault we lost.
     
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    Well if Sherman is that limited by the ineptitude of the player, we have a problem bigger than Sherman.
     
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    The line got drilled back, but on a 3 step drop, the ball has to come out.
     
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    Appreciated, as always. I didn't see the game so this is a good synopsis. I'll look at the tape in a few days. I was stuck on I-20 with a blown water pump during the game, waiting more than an hour for a tow truck. It's indeed remarkable how many drivers are magnetized to a car on the shoulder, as if it's their target. My dad died a year ago today. All I wanted to do was walk up Stone Mountain this afternoon and spread some of his ashes up there. He loved that climb.

    This was always going to be a dangerous game. I thought about that last year, while attending our big victory over the Bills. A year later they are going to be determined not to let that happen again...extremely well prepared and energized. That's situational application, the type of thing I was stunned to discover within my first weeks in Las Vegas. The locals knew every angle. It didn't help that the Bills were coming off a loss. On our behalf, next week at New England is not as impossible as some threads are asserting. We were mangled there last year. New England has played three divisional games and all have been tight. We should have some prideful energy after three straight losses.

    I'm reminded of the posts that mocked ckparrothead a few weeks ago, when he announced that he had raised expectation from 8-8 to 9-7. The loud mouths in those threads, including at least one administrator, thought it should be more like 11-5 or 12-4. Let's see, an 8-8 team is projected to win .5 games per week. If you win a game you have gained .5 games above expectation, not a full game above. So it's fairly simple, a team with an 8-8 over/under that is 2-0 is now theoretically closer to 9-7. The fans and analysts who have no clue what they are doing make the Happy Adjustments and come up with 11-5 or 12-4. It's particularly laughable when none of our key stats hinted at top tier. Quite the opposite. We were overachieving in the won/loss column despite poor strategic choices. It's invariably comes back to bite you. I don't want to spend any more time on this, only to again emphasize that I wish the Happy types made the weekly betting lines.

    At least the Canes won. I drove up and attended that amazing escape after a last-minute timeshare exchange. It was quite valuable to occupy my mind. Otherwise I knew I'd be dwelling on the final corresponding days of a year ago. This October 20th isn't so bad. Appreciate your loved ones.
     
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    I agree we'll probably come out energized, but I can't see New England losing at home in a divisional game, coming off a divisional road loss in OT.
     
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    New England drills this team next week. No match ups.
     
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    Lol I'm so tired of people talkin about how we lose because of the home crowd. Does the crowd suck? Sure. But if a rockin' home crowd was a big factor in a game then Clemson would have destroyed Florida st lastnight. Guess what? Just the opposite happened because Florida st clearly was the better team and Taj Boyd played like garbage.
    Point I'm trying to make is that the lack of crowd noise is just another bad excuse for losing. This team loses because its AT BEST an average all around team. Maybe the crowd is small and complacent because the team is a reliable disappointment and nobody wants to go to that stadium to see another heartbreaking, soul crushing loss when they can just sit at home and have their heart torn out for 1/100th the cost....
    Just my two cents.
     
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    When Kubiak gets fired in Houston we should immediately call him.
     
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    What exactly are Philbin's strengths as a coach?
     
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    A clean locker room, shoe laces are tied and Thursday's off practice sked...just kidding.

    Joe is not a positive nor a negative. Neutral and that is not good enough.
     
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    This loss has me lower than almost any game I can think of in the past ten years. I am so ****ing down.

    Just run the ball and pin back Thad Lewis. If goes the distance and get a FG so be it. Do not throw it as such. So bad.

    There is no hope until the Tampa game.
     

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