Miami Dolphins Week 3: 6 Disturbing Results from the Browns Clash
Well, with the Marlins and Panthers abysmal during the weekdays, optimistic Miami sports fans have their football to turn to in the Autumn. What better way to ruin the weekend than watching our 'Canes and 'Fins get embarrassed by teams some fans would feel safe betting their cars on.
Sundays are a fresh start after watching Jacory Harris' ineptitude, a guy named Klein run all over us and the 'Canes go down in flames. Our Sunday once again looked like our Saturday, with church looking like our best bet from here on.
Here are six reasons listed in descriptive form as to exactly how, and why, the Dolphins ruined our weekend. Can anyone say Andrew Luck?
6:. Red Tide in the Red Zone
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Ever see those gruesome images of Atlantic dolphins washed ashore in the sea of red? The 'Fins truly bleed in the Red Zone.
Chad Henne is the only quarterback that looks brilliant for the first 80 yards of a drive and then forgets where he left his arm when he gets to the Red Zone. It is not all Henne's fault, even though his greatest inaccuracies and frequent confusion occur there.
Brian Daboll supposedly has a bruiser in Daniel Thomas and a quick edge back in Reggie Bush. Why not run the ball in? The running game was moderately successful, so why force the issue with the pass? It is almost like someone in a position of authority has forced their hand and had Henne throw to Marshall almost every time.
Daniel Thomas is a tough guy to bring down, and negative rushing plays against his attack are almost impossible. He will only get better, so feed him the rock!
The Dolphins also have an outstanding possession receiver in Davone Bess and a screen attack that could work. They are a few kinks short of a lot of touchdown opportunities.
Anybody else getting sick of seeing Sparano celebrate another Red Zone field goal?
5. The Wheels Are Falling off of Dan Carpenter
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The cutting of Jay Feely after he had a career year for an unknown out of Montana had us all confused, before he showed stellar form, reaching the Pro Bowl and even hitting a 60 yard bomb.
Right now, Carpenter is having real issues, costing the Dolphins precious points, some of which could have won the game had he been making these kicks.
The most worrying issue with Carpenter is not the amount of misses, but the plethora of ways he is missing. If the kicker is pulling left, for instance, the coaches can address his problem in practice. Carpenter has pulled, slighted right, been blocked and just downright concerned the city of Miami.
Perhaps it is time to look elsewhere.
4. The Offensive Line Is Dreadful
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Vernon Carey keeps keeling over, Jake Long is not even close to 100 percent Mike Pouncey looks great, but is inexperienced, Mark Colombo is not holding his own and Incognito is well... Incognito.
On paper, this looked like an impressive line, but Chad Henne cannot save his job if he continues to have to make plays on third and double-digits. The defense knows he is passing, and sometimes he finds his man, but it is a real chore to throw down field when you have a man twice your size (and three of me) breathing down your neck.
It must be something to look upwards at the horizon, trying to convert yet another 3rd and 12, when you have two to five gargantuan men looking to take you out for the season. We all know that is the goal of every defensive linemen. That is exactly what the teams are going to do to Tony Romo's ribs. This is an unfortunate consequence of the game and one that could be prevented if the line were to establish the run, and protect Henne.
There would be no "White-Vick" if he believed in the men responsible for his safety.
3. The Defensive Line Is Not Finishing Their Jobs
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Right now, the defensive line looks competent. So what? These guys were supposed to be the best in football. They are supposed to have two accomplished pass rushers. They were supposed to make it easy for the linebackers behind them.
This defensive line was supposed to be a force. There were big expectations, and right now, they look middle of the pack. When you have the pedigree, the depth and the talk that these guys had, you need to walk the walk or keep quiet until you can.
There were bright spots, even when facing an elusive Colt McCoy, but against an offensive line that is average save for the excellent Joe Thomas, they should have been like wolves to the ball, and instead appeared pedestrian.
2. Chad Henne Is Not Clutch at All
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Too many picks. Too many bad reads. Too many check downs. Too few scores in the Red Zone. But what is Chad Henne's real problem, you ask? If you guessed his lack of an edge in clutch situations, you got it!
Between the Hurricanes and Dolphins, I probably could not count the games blown on last second interceptions on my fingers and toes. Henne had a good day against the Browns. He completed quite a good percentage, hit some deep passes and sometimes moved the sticks while immersed in pressing situations.
Ask Henne to win a game for you? No chance. Henne has a cannon for an arm and the ability to scramble if need be. His red zone presence is dreadful, and it does not help that on a potential game winning drive, Henne never comes through. When the weight is on his shoulders, Henne collapses.
The scary part is, the FO here is so stupid, that unless the 'Fins go 0-16, they might not draft a QB. Hopefully, if the Dolphins do not win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes, there can be a second or third round guy like Andy Dalton or Ryan Mallett who can be depended on early.
1: A Lack of Offensive Direction
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This was so much worse under bonehead Dan Henning, when Chad Henne would fly down the field with completions before reaching the 20-yard line and bring out the Pat-Cat or some other idiotic formation.
Brian Daboll has solid and sometimes exotic visions for this team, yet maintains what could be an exciting and still intelligent offensive scheme. Chad Henne has the chance to air it out deep, make a 10-yard completion on a checkdown, or make plays with his feet.
While Daboll's indecisiveness is much easier to deal with than Henning's, it seems as if this issue manifests its ugly self most frequently in the red zone.
If something is working, stick to it!