Things for Sunday: Part III.
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Pats D Vs Dolphin's O-
The Dolphin have apparently not decided which QB to start yet, which is
another coaching failure. "They're both good players," BB said
about Moore and Cutler. "You've got to cover the receivers, you've
got to stop the run. Either quarterback can get the ball to the open
receivers, make good throws. They both read coverages well. Coach Gase
does a good job with the offense of trying to force the defense to declare
what they're in and then the quarterback can cut it up. They're both
experienced. They both do a good job of that." Though I'm not really
buying it. I think they put Moore in last week, and he is there to stay.
beat up on the Pats defense enough last year (or was that two years ago;)
when he got in the game for Tannehill. "This Miami team is, as usual,
a very explosive team to deal with, as they have been for the last few
years," BB said. "Offensively, their skill players are
outstanding. Good quarterbacks, good running backs, good tight end, very
good receivers, very explosive receivers. All of these guys make huge and
big plays consistently. They're a hard group to stop. [Good] Tempo. Coach
Gase does a great job with his scheme, with the tempo, with the overall
offensive system. This is very challenging for us." Miami has the
weapons to hurt the Pats D in the passing game.
Miami coaches are known for their offensive ingenuity, they just got
screwed by the Tannehill injury, and the ridiculous decision to bring
Cutler out of retirement. "I mean obviously extremely smart
coordinators, head coach. Adam [Gase] does a great job of understanding a
defense: how to break them down, how to attack them. So he's going to give
you a lot of different looks," Patricia said. "There's going to
be a couple different personnel groups. He's going to throw a new scheme
or a new play that you haven't seen before that you have to be able to
react to and handle at a high level. The problem is that they have
extremely dangerous skill players. Stills and Parker and Landry,
obviously, and the addition of Julius Thomas at the tight end position
just gives you another threat that you have to prepare for." They
have four excellent weapons for any QB in the passing game.
can also hurt you on the ground. "Coach Gase will do a great job too
of utilizing the backs," Patricia said. "Getting them out of the
backfield into space and also allowing the quarterbacks to go to the line
of scrimmage, and to adjust the plays and check into different plays that
he sees based on the defense and the coverage and the front. They pose a
lot of problems.
think you can see even just going through their games, and obviously the
latest game but their ability to strike quickly, their ability to put up a
big play. You really have to be paying attention, you really have to be
understanding of what they're trying to do from a scheme standpoint, a
formation standpoint and particularly a player standpoint because of their
big-play ability. It makes it very difficult to defend. They do great job
of game planning week in and week out. We're certainly going to have to
try to handle all of that here." This is not a great offense to face
with a tired defense. Trap-trap-trap.
O-line- The good news is that it looks like Dion is finally back.
"There isn't a specific moment where you kind of realize that a
player coming back off of an injury has resumed a previous form or
percentage or what have you," McDaniels said. "I just think
we've been trying to give him opportunity to work back in over the last
two years and do the things that he does well. Really, that's up to Dion
to tell us where he's at, how he feels and what he's capable of doing.
He's done a great job of not only working back from an injury, but also
just communicating, working hard, practices well and does a lot of things
to try to get better." He is their one back who can really create
yards on his own.
one of the shortest backs in the League, but he is also a home run threat
on the field. "Dion's not thin, that's for sure. He's got power, he's
got quickness, he's got speed. He does a lot of things well,"
McDaniels said. "Sometimes he can be difficult to find back there
from the defense's perspective. We're very happy with how hard he runs and
taking care of the ball, doing a good job with ball security and gaining
extra yards after contact and making people miss in space. Those are
things we like all our backs to do, and right now we've got guys that are
doing that and Dion's certainly one of them." He brings an added
danger to defenses whenever he is on the field.
are going to need that extra dimension against Miami's defense to help
Brady. "Defensively, it's a team that does a great job of knocking
the ball off of the offense. They cause a lot of fumbles. They've had a
lot of turnovers in the last two years, put a lot of pressure on the
quarterback," BB said. "They have an excellent front and a lot
of depth there. So they roll those players in consistently. Getting [T.J.]
McDonald back in the secondary with [Reshad] Jones gives them two real big
hitters at safety. They're explosive players, contact guys." This is
not a great defense to face with a tired offense.
problem is that their defense has sucked this year. They were designed to
play from ahead, where they can unleash the hounds in the passrush. They
want to one-gap up field all game long. The Pats can't let them do that.
But when they are behind, teams are going to run on them. They have not
stood up to the run well. So the Pats will turn this into another ugly
game, and try to run the ball into the maw of the beast.
Dolphins D has been over confident and spiraling down into losses.
"It can spiral downhill pretty fast," DE Branch said. "You
got a lot of people pointing fingers. But that’s not the feel that we
have on this team. This is a brotherhood. This is a family. Those teams
weren’t, and that’s not a good feeling when it’s really not one
team. You’re an offense, a defense and a special team. It’s just that
unit, like us against them." The offense has put them in a lot of bad
fact, they keep turning the ball over and making it worse for the D.
"I told them we can’t do any worse by the defense," Cutler
said. "We can’t put them in any more holes than we’ve put them
in. We weren’t helping them out at all, and they played well against a
couple of really good quarterbacks." The defense is better than their
stats are showing.
they have not been able to bail the offense out. "I think we
understand what our offense has as a unit," Ndamukong Suh said.
"Obviously there’s trials and tribulations that get to different
situations and what they’re going through right now. Our job as a
defense is to continue to strive and do better. We haven’t played
perfect." The defense has not been the sum of their parts.
are talented, skilled, and they know the Pats offense as well as any
defense in the League. "This will be a big week for us," BB
said. "We need to do a lot of things right to play well against the
Dolphins. They put a lot of pressure on you in every area. They're well
coached, they have really good players and it's always tough in the
division. Hopefully, we can have a good week here and be ready to
go." This is going to be an interesting game on many levels.
play Miami again in two weeks, which brings up an interesting dilemma
about whether to hold some plays back for future reference. "I would
say that our focus offensively is going to be on what we need to do to try
to put together the best plan we can to help us win this weekend. If
there's something else we need to do down the road to adjust or protect
ourselves from something that we've done before, then I think you worry
about that at that time," McDaniels said. "I don't think you can
get too caught up in trying to worry about something that's down the road
and in the future because they're going to give us as much as we can
handle on Sunday relative to the things they do." It sounds like are
going to try and go all out for this victory.
the only question left is do they have enough gas left in the tank? Can
the offense rise again and make the plays they need to win the game. Or
did the two-week road trip empty the tank. Can the Home crowd raise the
tired Pats up, and help them start the game quickly.
I think the 1st half is a mess, as they start off slow and tired.
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