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The defensive line put up a good fight. Christian Wilkins had a sack and made several stops. Adam Butler and Zach Sieler had some clutch moments. Jaelan Phillips was a mad man applying pressure and chasing people down.
Elandon Roberts and Brandon Jones made their presence felt. Roberts with a pick-six and forced fumble. Jones tallied two sacks on some awesome blitzes.
I didn't see it but there was a lot of mention about Byron Jones limiting Darren Waller to season-low numbers. That is impressive.
Mike Gesicki showed up with 10 catches and a huge one on 4th and 20 in overtime. They have to get him more involved for chunk plays.
What on earth was up with the Offensive play calling? Talk about the ultimate combination of coaching scared and relying on Gimmicks. Miami's offense has no identity and was bailed out by some good, early play from the defense. The execution was bad but the coaches seem to really lack confidence in what this offense can do.
The offensive line was better than last week but that is not saying much. Liam Eichenberg disappointed at right tackle, and outside of a great block on Malcolm Brown's TD I thought Austin Jackson struggled. Eichenberg needs to be the left tackle and Robert Hunt should kick outside to right tackle.
The defense whiffed on way too many tackles and the coverage was leaky at times. They were gassed from being on the field for so long but that has to tighten up.
Jacoby Brissett had some clutch moments very late in the game, but man is he slow to process. His errant throw on that poorly called screen pass is why the Raiders were able to get a safety. Brissett did not see open guys down field and routinely threw check downs. I heard Charles Davis mention a few times how Brissett isn't seeing things and holding the ball too long. The only reason I don't have him in the bad section is because of the clutch plays and TD run.
Miami has two more difficult games before the schedule softens up a bit. They clearly missed Tua's quick trigger these last two games and you can see the difference in how he sets guys up for big gains where Brissett does not. Hopefully the offensive line sorts itself out because they are not consistently giving Tua or Brissett chances to throw down field. The coaches on the offensive side of the ball also need to get an identity and move forward. They will get destroyed in the Adam Gase world of gimmicks.
On to Indy!
Not much good to talk about in a game where you lose 35-0. The lone bright spot was that the defense was able to force 2 turnovers and was able to make Josh Allen have a pedestrian game. But...
The offensive line continues to be the weakest unit on this team. Tua was able to play all of 9 snaps and in that period was sacked twice and knocked out of the game with a vicious QB hit. Austin Jackson and Jesse Davis were playing that matador-style pass pro. Some significant changes need to come to the offensive line, and fast, if this offense is going to be productive. By the time the game was done, the Bills had sacked Dolphins QBs 6 times and had countless hits, many of coming come from unblocked blitzers or rushers. Aside from the offensive line play being putrid, the blocking schemes or how these guys are being told to play was also a problem. Oftentimes, the tackles were doubling on an inside rusher when it was obvious that a rusher was coming off the edge. This needs to be corrected immediately.
The front seven continues to struggle in getting to the QB. Josh Allen was sacked once, but for the most part, he had as much time to throw as he needed.
Jacoby Brissett came into a tough situation (he was sacked 4 times and hit numerous other times0. He showed some flashes and improvisation, but overall also had an ugly performance. Hard to evaluate any QB behind such a porous offensive line and it has a downhill effect. You can't evaluate the RBs because either they do not get enough carries since you are playing from behind or can't run the ball anyway. Hard to evaluate WRs and TEs when the QB cannot get off a good throw.
Year 3 of a rebuild and right now it is looking like another failure. Mostly because aside from a franchise QB, the Dolphins biggest need for the past two decades has been the offensive line. If the Dolphins acquire a left tackle, they forget about the guards. If they have guards, they forget about center. The Dolphins have not built a good offensive line since probably the season when Ricky Williams had 1800+ rushing yards.
This issue needs to be figured out quickly if the Dolphins are going to have a shot at a playoff berth.