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saxonthebeach @ 07:35 pm: Sparano heresy
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.

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From:dmedicus
Date:November 11th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
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I agree! I think last year Parcell was making a lot of the calls from up stars. Now the leash is off.

Its hard to let your QB make throws to win the game, when your WR can't catch the friggin ball! The only thing Miami has right now is a running game. We need to go out and get a receiver. Hell pull Duper and Clayton out of retirement. Anything is better than what we got now.

And our defense is so Bi-polar it ain't even funny. One quarter they act like the Killer B's of old, and the next they couldn't stop a pee-wee football team.

So yes, the blame is on Soprano on up. This team need a lot of work. G-d help us.
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From:venom65437
Date:November 11th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
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His game management has been terrible.

The biggest problem we have is our WRs can't catch. Ginn is a complete failure in the clutch, and our other WRs drop half their balls. If we could just hold onto the ball we'd be 5-3 or 6-2 easily. Even with our D. I can't wait to see how good we are when we have all the pieces.
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From:owl_in_shower
Date:November 11th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
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You're forgetting in week 2 against the Colts. The drive where the game was tied at 20, we get around the 25-yard line and instead of taking shots at the first down and eventually the end zone, he does three straight run plays that get about 5 yards and we kick a field goal.
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From:venom65437
Date:November 11th, 2009 10:03 pm (UTC)
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As bad as our D has been, a couple of WRs and we're 6-2 or 5-3 at worst.

One thing about taking deep shots, they're risky, and it can be hard to try them when our guys keep dropping the ball.
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