Re: dont lynch me for saying this...
posted at 12/8/2009 2:14 PM EST
In Response to Re: dont lynch me for saying this...
[QUOTE]TB is one year away from surgery so I'm not going to complain too much about this season's performance. But I am not seeing the fire we saw years ago... I'm so lost for words on this team right now. All I can say is, win the division.. I dont care how.. just win it. Then we'll go from there week to week.... Oggie - congrats on your Fins whipping the Pats butt! Out played, out coached - the whole deal... You got any thoughts on ditching the wild cat???
Posted by IraqSteve[/QUOTE]
I got a lot of thoughts on ditching the wildcat. In fact, I called it right here that the fins would limit the gimmicks and run the base. (see thread "you're all nuts:snap out of it." page 1 post 9 and page 3 post 19)
Two reasons: first, the cat is crippled without Ronnie; and second, Sporano gambled heavily out of complete respect for Belichek.
The cat is crippled BECAUSE without Ronnie, Ricky has to move in for the snap. As I said several times last week, the key to the cat is ricky running the end around or the fake end around. The defense has to hesitate for a second to see who gets the ball, and that hesitation gives the o-line the advantage to pop the d line off balance. This is the only reason the cat works--and why it works best for Miami. Most other teams that run the cat don't run the end around/end around fake; and the ones that do like denver don't have the kind of runner like ricky that has the speed and size and charachter (he's a bull) to make it work and force the defense to hesitate and account for him. Since Ronnie went down, they went to a cat without the end around/end around fake. Ricky gained some yards with it---but it wasn't the real cat that has tore the league up. Pat white is not the answer. Like I said last week, if they want to get the cat going again, they need to use Tyler thigpen in the backefield, and move ricky back for the end arounds (last year tyler and KC ran it the best of all other teams that used it); or use Kory Sheets in ricky's old spot. Unless they go with one of those players, the leash is on the cat--and they will only run the limited cat with ricky in the back and no end around on rare occasions.
The second reason they went away from the cat and limited the gimmicks was total respect for belichek, the greatest defensive mind in the game in my opinion. The first game in new england taught the dolphins that you can only fool BB once..but he'll stop you quickly. Think about this. The Dolphins had the option run by Pat white in since the summer. They saved it all year for The Pats because they know Belichek is the smartest. They ran it in the first half of the first pats fins game--and after practicing it all year, it worked. And then I saw on tv, and I am sure the coaches saw it too, as BB sat on the sideline with a board and his defense, calmly drawing up the defenseive schemes to shut down the option. Without ever practicing what BB taught them, BB had his defense prepared to shut it down in the second half---against a team that had practiced this play since July. Believe me--that caught the attention of the Miami coaches. After that first game against New England, they didn't run the Pat white option too much. But they decided to make a wrinkle in it last Sunday and try one more time against BB. And you can tell Miami was scared because they used it deep in the new england zone so it wouldn't kill a drive altogether without at least getting 3. The pats stopped that and Miami threw it out.
To beat the Pats, and salvage the season for a possible 4 game run, Sporano had no choice but to gamble big time and challenge his very green qb and not-to-good receiving corps to step it up and win the game. One Globe writer suggested Sporano did this because he saw a suspect pats' secondary. That's nonsense. First, that so-called suspect pats' secondary did just fine in the first game against Miami. And second, you don't totally throw away your signature play, the play that saved last year's season and started last year's playoff run, the play that everyone is talking about and has had so much success---you don't totally scrap this great play unless you are scared. And Miami was scared of BB.
Think about this: if Miami lost the game, think about how much crap would have been said about Sporano for not running his signature play. Not once. He would have lost, for good, all credability with the fans and media. You don't make that kind of move, that kind of gamble, because you think this year's Miami offense can pass against the pats. You make that decision out of a desperate fear. This was by far the biggest gamble in miami dolphins history.