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What Happened Here? Week 7, New York Jets Edition

Film doesn’t lie, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a rich discussion to be had.

NFL: New York Jets at Miami Dolphins Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Here’s the gist of our new Phinsider series: we look at game tape as a Miami Dolphins family - and instead of just blindly accepting someone else’s conclusions, we form our own.

In the 1st 2 installments, we’ve looked at a functional and dysfunctional passing play.

Although I don’t envy the position Adam Gase is in regarding the QB situation and what may or may not transpire, Jay Ajayi is the catalyst of the offense. Even the threat of Jay Ajayi can influence how a game plan unfolds. Pass to set up the run, run to set up the pass - it varies each game - but for either Jay Cutler or Matt Moore, the crux of the offensive success is our mask-wearing, former pickle juice-drinking, tackle-breaking, dreadlocked warrior.

Let’s take a look at a running play that didn’t work for us vs. the New York Jets. We need to figure out why some running lanes aren’t developing for Ajayi, as the evidence suggests he is one of the best RB’s at breaking tackles in the NFL, both through force and through elusiveness. It’ll be an important component of each subsequent game plan as we get deeper and deeper into the Playoff chase.

Context: 2nd and 5, 1:00 left in the 3rd quarter, Dolphins down 28-14.

Here’s a look at the gestures and motions pre-snap...

Here’s a look “in the box”...

What happened here? Why didn’t this play work?


This play didn’t work because...

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Poor RB vision
    (36 votes)
  • 30%
    Poor interior blocking
    (170 votes)
  • 33%
    Poor exterior blocking
    (183 votes)
  • 23%
    Poor play call
    (127 votes)
  • 6%
    Shut up, SUTTON. Your brain is small, your penis is smaller.
    (35 votes)
551 votes total Vote Now