Discussion in 'Miami Dolphins Forum' started by J. David Wannyheimer, Aug 9, 2018.
Because he has a very specific agenda...
He throws lollipops, but that one deep ball he completed was beautiful.
I don't know what game you were watching, but how was Drake and Ballage unimpressive?
Drake averaged over 5 yards a carry in limited play.
Ballage averaged almost 4 yards a carry and had 3 receptions.
He also picked up some blitzes and had some good blocks.
Other than the fumble, he had a very good game.
And the fumble was not from TB knocking the ball loose, but from hitting the ball with his knee when he leaped.
That is from extra effort and not from being lazy.
I just want to note how many are saying that you can't take much from the first pre-season game but then go and deep dive into how terrible the team looks.
Which I think is perfectly reasonable. From my point of view, I'm saying, I'm not stressing...yet. However, these are the bad things I noticed. Some of these have been recurring themes in this tenure of Gase. So I'm noting them, and if they continue, particularly into the 3rd pre season game, well then I'll start to get worried.
Our run blocking was gashing the Bucs in the second quarter. Senorise Perry took much better advantage of the holes than Kalen Ballage did.
Ballage impressed me with a great pass blocking pickup, and he's an outstanding athlete, but the vision isn't there.
I specified in “camp”, and that was based on the four practices I attended... he goes 100 percent on every drill, and was the last player on the field all four days I was there..
After each practice he and Dowell Loggains would go off to the side and work hard..
So it was just an observation from camp
You wont get definitive anwsers in pre-season, except for maybe the 3rd game's first half... But I mean, the middle of the D is a perceived weakness in 2018... It was before before the game, and while not definitive because reasons, they havent given us anything to change this perception... the middle of the D absolutely struggled out there...
Trae Elston had a couple of big hits on what I believe was back to back plays....one a run and one a pass. He was a certified bad @ss for the "Landsharks" defense at Ole Miss a couple years ago. He brought that SEC level of physicality to the waning moments of the game. May have something there with that kid if he can learn the playbook. His issues were more off the field.
All you have to do is look at last pre season and that 5 game losing streak from last season and you'll see the same thing you saw last night. Players are confused playing in this defense. I'm not a Burke fan either. He's over his head and Miami may pay a steep price for it. Dare I say Olividotti 2.0!!!
Can't be the players though.
Your take on Ballage is 100% dead on. I think even Tannehill was taken aback by how well Ballage picked up that blitz on the deep pass to Amendola.