Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by gafin, Aug 21, 2014.
I'm starting to hate philbin's love for crappy players like Daniel Thomas and his hate for ballers like Rishard Matthews.
Didn't realize Matthews was cut.
i like finnegans situational awareness...case in point we call a double blitz up the middle with two backers vs tampa finny knows that tampa can't account for one of them and should be clean to the qb he knows the ball must come out fast he jumps the in cut by the wr and almost gets the pick...a ball he should have caught and he knows it
then you have philip wheeler we got a drop zone play call with the de wheeler knows this as he's on the edge on an overload blitz tampa has no wr or pass option to that side if he flushes the qb out to that side the pursuit is coming and the zone drop de wake in this case is there to press the qb and force him out of bounds worst case if he stays on the ground he's got a damn qb hit and ball forced out or sack what does wheeler do he jumps in the air like a dumb *** like the qb is gonna throw the ball to the side where he has no pass receiving option period and tries to flail at the qb as he goes by in the air almost picking up a drive extending 15 yard face mask penalty
i can't count how many times last year wheeler did not play the situation the way he should like a smart player would...one that understood where his help was coming from or the responsibilities of others and had awareness of the situation
Coming into the season my concerns on the linebackers were as follows. Moving MSI inside based on the vets we had returning this year was the best move that the coaching staff could have made along with moving Ellerbee back to the outside a position he excelled a bit more and played at Baltimore for the majority of his time there IMO. Though Msi and Ellerbee are both a bit injury prone and subject to missing games during the season. While Ellerbee and Wheeler were not the upgrades over Burnette and Dansby that many hoped last year at this time last year Ellerbee was difinitly the better player of the two. Anyway the entire linebacker senario was almost as much a worry as the OL. The only thing to hold you hat on was last years 4th round pick from Florida Freely who you hoped might play a bit more stout and be able to sub and replace Wheeler.
Now the way I see this situation playing out is that Tripp has a decent chance of playing if and when Msi gets nicked up this year, McCain sub in for Ellerbee and possible all 3 Tripp, McCain and Freely sub planting Wheeler at some point during the season.
While not a great solution it might offer average play at this position much like we can hope at the guards and running back areas.