The Dolphins bye week couldn’t come at a better time.
Facing the Green Bay Packers in week 10 would prove to be a tall task, regardless of injuries. After seeing the Dolphins inactive list before the game, most gave the Dolphins an almost no chance of winning.
However, Dolphins head coach Adam Gase found some holes and was able to run the ball. Dolphins drove the length of the field only to abandon the run on a short field inside the 20. Gase chose to go shotgun with an empty backfield.
A bad snap hit QB Brock Osweiler’s hands and sailed right behind him, only to be recovered by the Packers, who then marched right down the field and scored. Pretty much the way the whole game went.
I know just how to start this game recap. And if you didn’t hear the score or even watch one down, you’d know the outcome from the following statement.
The Detroit Lions punted one time in this game. One Time.
They rushed for 248 yards with a 7.1 yards-per-carry average. This is the most yards the Dolphins defense has given up all year. It looks like a problem Dolphins defensive coordinator Matt Burke hasn’t figured out how to correct.
Since I am neither a player nor a season ticket holder, I am calling out the NFL Officiating team.
What appears to be a one-sided officiating crew down in Miami must be stated, reviewed and reprimanded for the preposterous penalties against the Bears and all the missed penalties against the Dolphins.
Let’s review a few, in case you have no idea what you “may” have missed.
Let me just start out by saying this: We all knew it wasn’t gonna be easy, but how many knew it would have ended like that??
I could spend 5 pages on stats and tell you all what most of you guys have already read, but I want to focus this article on us, the fans. Man, the emotions we all go through with these types of games!
First off, lets start at the beginning. Be honest y’all, did you really think back up quarterback Brock Osweiler was the answer? I sure didn’t, and I was legit worried. Then I started to calm down and thought about it some.
It wasn’t supposed to end this way. The Chicago Bears had rallied back in the second half only to end in a gut-wrenching overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins 31-28. Again, it was left to who was the better kicker and yesterday that title belonged to the Dolphins’ Jason Sanders.
This loss hurts deep, real deep. The kind of deep that one loses sleep over because it was right there.
How could the Bears lose to backup quarterback Brock Osweiler again? Osweiler. He now holds a 3-0 record against the Bears.
In preseason game #3 we saw the starters play the entire first half. Earlier in the week, Head Coach Adam Gase wasn’t sure if we would see running back Frank Gore or not. It was announced shortly before the game that Gore would dress for the first time this season.
Gore saw very limited action. He only carried the ball 1 time for -2 yards. Then he caught a short pass out of the backfield for 1 yard. The rainy conditions and wet field probably made up Gase’s mind to end Gore’s night after that.
The offense started out slowly, which was a disappointment considering Ravens Coach John Harbaugh sat all of his starters. Later in the second quarter, however, quarterback Ryan Tannehill and the offense put together some nice drives.
The Thursday night football game between the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts was a win for the Broncos, but it wasn’t all good for Denver.
Let’s start with the sad. I’ve never been a fan of quarterback Trevor Siemian as a starter. I think former head coach Gary Kubiak projected himself onto Siemian and elevated him beyond his talents. Playing experience, plus practice prowess and a Peyton Manning endorsement, ended up helping him win over yet another head coach. He shouldn’t have been given more than four games last season. With that said, it was a sad way to end this year like he did.
The 3-7 Denver Broncos travel to Oakland to take on the 4-6 Raiders. Every time I type 3, it hurts.
Oakland’s defense has been bad. We’ll now see if it was lack of talent or lack of coaching. To me, it’s 3/4 talent. I’m going to assume they have been thinking of this switch, but seeing us change quarterbacks and offensive coordinator was their perfect time. Not a lot you can do with three days of practice with a new defensive coordinator, but when your opponent is facing the same thing on offense, what better time?
Head coach Vance Joseph has made it clear he has no belief in quarterback Paxton Lynch, Denver’s first first-round pick who had two starts last season. He’s told the media more than once that the game plan will be simple and for Lynch to run, not stay in the pocket (as if quarterbacks Trevor Siemian and Brock Osweiler were good in it) and basically act like a running back. Joseph is equating Lynch to former quarterback Tim Tebow. I wish he was just pulling a Bill Belichick, but this guy keeps little to his chest.
Based on this, Oakland could underestimate him. The combo of Raiders assistant coach John Pagano not having game film, not knowing if Lynch is as dumb as Joseph portrays him or if new offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave will have him use his cannon arm more than his fast legs, could help Denver.
What the combo of Musgrave and Lynch have going for them is using the RPO because of his legs and arm. The question will be timing. Three days of practice with the ones, former quarterback Peyton Manning would laugh at. Lynch throws the ball quite a bit faster than Siemian and a little more than Osweiler. Four MPH faster rounds off to two yards per second. Plus, Lynch hasn’t thrown to the ones since August and hasn’t had a day of not splitting reps since last December…when he had three days.
On offense, the key for Oakland is to have quarterback Derek Carr pass to receivers who can catch, wear down Denver’s defensive backs and linebackers. Especially if Carr is throwing to tight end Jared Cook. For their defense, show Lynch looks he’s not seen before and hope he throws some interceptions. Our last win was week 4, the only time our quarterbacks didn’t throw a pick; against Oakland.
On offense, the key for Denver is giving Lynch freedom to make plays any way he wants. Use him 180° from Siemian. I hope Billy puts Vance’s remarks and advice in the trash. Musgrave needs to be his cheerleader. Paxton Lynch has taken the biggest beating I’ve ever seen from any fanbase/media group ever, so having just one guy in his corner will be crucial to his confidence.
The defense needs to sack Carr, early and often. Send defensive end Derek Wolfe up the middle. Since Carr injured his back the last time these two teams played, I’m betting he’s got some bats circling the belfry when the defense takes the field. He’ll want to dump the ball quicker than he should and that’ll set up the chance for our defense to get some picks. Jam their receivers at the line. Just that one step, combined with throwing the ball early, should work.
The weather forecast for Oakland has projected rain, giving Denver the edge. Not that Denver gets a whole lot of practice in wet weather, but rain usually means more run. I’ll take our run defense over theirs. When it comes to catching wet footballs, I’d say both teams are equal.
Do you know what happens when you cut corners and deny? You get Denver the last two seasons. It’s a year overdue, but it appears Joe Ellis, John Elway, and Vance Joseph saw a mistake was made, took a deep breath and are undergoing triage on it. More importantly, Broncos Country needs to accept it’s going to be a while before the results are seen.
Changing quarterback isn’t an easy thing. For Denver, going with Trevor Siemian was about far more than skill, it involved money and fear and ego. Former Head Coach and current Senior Personnel Advisor Gary Kubiak wanted his hand selected choice, as did QB Coach Greg Knapp. Elway backed his friend. That set the ball in motion which has lead to now.
When Peyton Manning retired, suites went unsold and Sports Authority Field went under. Result? The Broncos losing money. Because PaxtonLynch was basically red shirted. His experience and knowledge are lacking. How could Denver stop the money bleed by going with a QB the media and fans had decided was garbage?