Alright some extended thoughts now that I have the time...
The Dolphins are a pretty good team. A certain poster here wants to blame everything on the QB, which is crazy. Tannehill was very solid today. He has the tools to be a very good quarterback in this league. But no matter who you are, you need help. And Miami has absolutely no run game. That's asking a lot for any NFL QB when you can't get 2-3 yards at all. And as far as your point above, Daniel, not being able to run has nothing to do with teams not fearing Tanny. Did you see the Panthers bringing anyone extra into the box daring the Dolphins to throw? It didn't really happen.
A lot of so called stud young QBs are struggling around the NFL. So I think your expectations are ridiculous anyway. And he isn't surrounded by tons of talent either. They need to improve their o-line, get healthy and continue to delvelop Ryan.
One main thing I saw was not just a QB who is more fully developed, but also a head coach. Joe Philbin is Ron Rivera before his revelation. You had one coach going for it on 4th down on his team's side of the field minutes into the 3rd quarter, and of course the smart 4th and 10 call not to punt. And then you had Philbin who punted in every short yardage situation, and then up 3 on 4th and 2 or 3...decides to attempt a field goal. In the NFL the difference between 3 and 6 isn't that big, especially with that much time left on the clock. There is no reason to attempt a field goal. Get aggressive and go for it. And that isn't even taking into account where they were on the field. Trying a 53 yard kick where a miss would put the Panthers on the 43...makes that an absolute atrocious call. Just atrocious.
Should I bother bringing up...the insane prevent defense by the Dolphins with 8 seconds left. They were in hail mary defense with 8 seconds left. That allowed LaFell to catch a short pass and run 30 yards easily putting them in field goal range. Just way too much time to be doing that.
This isn't gloating. It's just bringing up things to combat Daniel's insane claims that all the problems fall on Tannehill. The Panthers were there. It takes a bit of time developing a QB, and coaching has a sh!tload to do with wins and losses in the NFL. The Saints are the perfect example here. And I like to think the Panthers are too. Ron Rivera has finally figured it out. And in this case he realized punting did nothing in that situation with 2:20 left. You don't capitalize on a 4th down, big deal. You try and get a 3-and-out, and you'll be down 6. Still a one score game. If they get a first down, it's over either way --punt or turnover on downs. The difference is if you go for it and miss, a coach most likely plays it conservative and runs it 3 times and takes the points. You punt it and Miami probably realizes that they can't end the game on a 1st down by just running it 3 times. They probably call their best play-action plays with a pass-run option for Tanny.
That's what Rivera learned this year. Don't force a team to do something or they'll do it. Trying to go from 3 to 6 points..you just tell the Panthers exactly what they have to do to win. Miami plays every game to the wire. That's a very good thing. Those games will turn soon. But it's an offensive league with the rules slanted towards the offense. You give an offense enough chances, they will burn you. So as a coach, you have to minimize those chances.
Tannehill was mic'd up loudly, and I noticed it to that "GO GO" was always a run, and "Go" was a pass. Very strange. It does make defenses go offside quite a bit. And I was wondering why the Panthers were biting on play-action passes after there was a "Go" at the line.
On another note, the Dolphins exposed a lot of the Panthers weaknesses that have been masked a bit the past few weeks. They can't run the ball at all. All their rushing is done by Cam. And their secondary is susceptible to the big play over and over, if there is no pass rush. Johnson being out hurt big time. It was clear that Miami copied a lot from NE's playbook and what worked last week against the Panthers. Some of it worked, but they don't have the personnel to be as successful.
Edited by devilsrule33, 25 November 2013 - 12:59 AM.