It amazes me how our team, The Miami Dolphins, can't seem to "get it right." I am a huge fan, not the biggest, especially after seeing Daytona's house but a big fan nonetheless. Got to give credit where credit is due.
Jeff Ireland, whom I'm not such a big fan of, has taken a lot of flak this year for his off-season moves. Although I was clamoring for a different approach such as sign Leach, trade down to secure Kyle Long and one of the 3 big TEs, I find it hard to argue the path he chose. Ultimately I am good with all his moves except one, letting Dansby go, which I see as the same as changing QBs. Therefore I believe Ireland gave us the tools to succeed, got to give credit where credit is due, but our coaching staff appear to be "Stuck on Stupid".
One of the most annoying thing for a basketball coach is to have a young player who has a great game while shooting bad shots, especially early in the season, because it will affect his learn-ability later on. The first three games Sherman won on the arm of Tannehill, so now he thinks it the new normal. But Tannehill ain't that. The Dolphins ain't that.
Now, that we have lost Gibson, so much is being said about who do we get to fill that role. The answer is simple, no one!!! What we should do is take the tools Ireland has provided and use them. We should thereby elevate Kyle Miller, and seize control of the AFC east.
I know, I know, I hear you. A lot of you are saying that I'm the one stuck on stupid because we just lost a slot WR, how in the hell is a TE is going to replace him. Well you are correct but since I have the pen and pad allow me to make my argument.
All season long we have had to adjust to what everyone is doing to us, now is the time to get ahead of the curve. Let's look at ourselves, we have made remarkable improvements in the run game as we have moved away from the zone blocking somewhat, we still have 4 solid WRs, counting Thigpen and we have really grown in the TE position.
Therefore if we want to be ever more efficient at the man blocking scheme, it can be achieved more easily with increased deployment of the TEs. Clay has been above par with his routes and catching of passes, Sims has come closer to his expectations and Egnew has found a niche' in the backfield as a blocker and receiver, also could move to the slot without a personnel change. If we use such an approach, we'd become more run heavy which would make O-line more aggressive, where they have shown to be better, as in the first half of the N.E. game.
Ultimately, This would leave defenses in a quandary of what to do with our pass catching backs and TEs. Furthermore, it would eliminate a fifth DB and may force a safety into the box, leaving more room and better odds for our WRs. Again, all this can be done with less personnel changes which will be "getting ahead of the curve".
We would still maintain the 3 & 4 WRs sets if need be against certain teams or certain situations, but Kyle Miller would be come the back up for TEs so that we don't skip a beat. Considering that at this time of the year there are no good options to bring in at this point, all else just doesn't make sense. so let's hope that we don't get "Stuck on Stupid".