Just checking in to see where all the Fins fans are. Any thoughts on the QB situation? I'm really surprised Pennington was even considered to play given his health history. I thought his #2 QB position was strictly ceremonial. Then he was tapped to start and my jaw dropped. I can't say I'm shocked he got hurt, I feel like he had no business being out there to begin with. I love Pennington. I hope he recovers quickly from his latest injury.
Hopefully Thigpen can step up when the Fins take the field on Thursday.
Elimination game today! We have to win to play a meaningful game next week. This is a scary game for me because it is hard to predict. Which Texans team will show up? The one that can score with anyone in the league or the one that can barely manage 14 points? How about us? Will we play defense like we did the first half in Tennessee or will we be the lights out unit? We definitely gotta get pressure on the QB all day and it wouldn't kill Wilson to provide help over the top on Johnson. I know it's asking a lot of a safety to play back and help the CBs, but maybe this one time he can do it.
On offense Henne really needs to stop trying to do everything himself and live to fight another day. No stupid interceptions today! I think we should lean a lot on the run game as well to shorten the game. We need to stop all this talk about "saving" Ricky. If we don't win this week there is nothing left to play for, so if Ricky needs 30+ touches for us to win today then that is what we have to do!
CHAD HENNE, FOR THROWING 3 INTERCEPTIONS, INCLUDING 2 IN TITAN TERRITORY, AND ANOTHER ONE IN OVERTIME.
Fuck. FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK. FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK.
Ughhhh, so close. Turnovers. FOUR FUCKING TURNOVERS. Ruined our season. I really thought we had them.
Also, that was going to be a fumble by Chris Johnson. They blew the whistle WAY too early. Not to mention the bullshit unnecessary roughness penalty on the interception return. The returned wasn't touched yet, so what he did was legal. Whatever, Henne cost us the game with three interceptions, two of them coming when were were going to at least get three points. So annoyed.
I hate declaring seasons over when a team still has a shot, but this season's over for us. Baltimore has to lose two of their next three, Tennessee has to lose a game, and we have to win out to get the final spot. I don't see that happening. SHIT DAMMIT, WE WERE CLOSE.
Games like this make me wish we hadn't blown those games against the Saints, Colts, and Bills.
Not a whole lot to say about this game that hasn't been said multiple times before. This is a must win game of course. If the Jags win and go up 2 with 3 to play it's over. If we win, we'll only have to worry about the Ravens for the Wild Card. Not that the Pats seem to be a lock to do anything either.
Not much to say about this one, it's do or die today. We have got to find a way to keep it together in the 4th quarter and put pressure on Brady. If we have any surprises in the playbook we haven't used yet, this would be a good game to use them.
The Dolphins play their first game this season without Ronnie Brown (*sigh*) tonight against the Carolina Panthers. 8PM on NFL Network, and I believe it's being broadcasted locally in South Florida, but don't know the details.
I thought I'd leave a little reminder because the game is in a little more than 16 hours, and I still saw something about it and went "Oh yeah! We play tonight."
I don’t want to make this post. I really don’t. But after the last few weeks, it’s unavoidable. Coach Sparano has been fantastic at getting the most out of young, inexperienced, and forgotten players. But... here’s the heresy...
His game management decisions have been terrible since the bye.
Think I’m nuts? Here’s some examples:
-This week against the Patriots, down by 7 with 6 minutes remaining, he has us punt on 4th and 5 from the Patriots 42. Awful call. We’re less than 10 yards away from field goal range at that point and time is running out. We were getting in a rhythm – the drive had started at our own 17. We ran the ball 4 times that drive for gains of 5, 16, 5, and 5 yards. Instead we punt and give them the choice of letting Brady throw to Moss and Welker against our rookie receivers or running the ball 3 times and forcing us to use our timeouts. They went the latter route and we wound up with no time outs left.
-This week against the Patriots, down by 10 with 1:09 remaining. No timeouts left. What do we do? Run, short pass, short pass, short pass, short pass. Game over. What is up with that? Not a single shot downfield? No Hail Mary? What’s the worst that happens, a pick 6 and we end up losing by 17 instead of 10?
-Last week against the Jets. Just scored, so it’s 30-19. That’s an 11-point difference. It can be made up with one TD plus 2-pt conversion and one field goal. An extra point would make it a 12-point difference. The only way that can be made up in 2 scores would be 2 TDs with extra points. A 2-pt conversion would make it a 13-point difference. That can also be made up in 2 scores with 2 TDs with extra points. So the choice is: go for the sure thing (extra point, difference can be made up in 2 scores with 2 TDs) or gamble for a 13-point lead, which can be made up the exact same way. Sparano chooses to go for 2.
-Week before against NO. Timeout before halftime. Enough said.
-Week before against NO. 4th quarter. NO has managed to work our lead down to only 3 points. Time for a long, Ronnie and Ricky-heavy, time consuming drive to kill their momentum. What plays are called? Pass, pass, pass, punt. They score, putting them up by 4. Now it must be time to take the momentum back with a time-consuming drive; after all, a TD puts us back in the lead. What plays are called? Pass, pass, pass, punt.
-Week before against NO. 4th quarter. Down by 12. Only 1:53 left and 2 timeouts. We need 2 TDs and fast. Time for some throws downfield, right? Plays called: run, short pass, short pass, short pass, short pass, short pass nowhere near the sideline, short pass, FINALLY A DEEP PASS, short pass, game over. Again, what’s up with the lack of testicles in the play calling? We need the big play down by 12 with 1:53 left.
Maybe some of the bad play calls were made by Henning, but Sparano ultimately bears responsibility for game management. And if it wasn’t for Ginn’s kickoff returns, Sparano’s poor game management would have resulted in us going 0-3 since the bye.