On Jason Taylor and another lineup suggestion
It was the fourth consecutive game Taylor has been absolutely dominant and the third in a row he has helped will the Dolphins to victory. Afterward, he said things like, "It's a team game, it's not like tennis or golf, so I have to give my teammates credit for doing the things that allowed me to be in a position to make plays."
That's great. But I don't have to be modest for Taylor. The guy really is GREAT.
He dominates despite an achey back that hasn't let him do much lifting, he dominates despite being only 240 pounds, he dominates even though he's the ONLY player on the entire team other teams gameplan for.
There is no other player on the Dolphins that other teams actually spend time trying to stop except Taylor. And yet Taylor still gets it done.
The problem is he's only one guy and that simply isn't enough. The Dolphins really need a pass-rushing linebacker to help get some pressure on quarterbacks from the other side so Taylor cannot always be double-teammed or chip-blocked.
Here's my idea: We all know that Donnie Spragan is not that rush linebacker. He's OK, but that's it. Just OK. Meanwhile we all saw Derrick Pope making some fine plays when Channing Crowder went out of the game.
I propose the Dolphins give Pope more playing time in place of Spragan. Spragan has only 35 tackles this year and that is about half as many as the other two linebackers. Not good enough. Yesterday he had an interception hit him in the hands and he dropped it.
Adding Pope at weak linebacker can allow you to move Crowder to strong linebacker where he can use his speed not only to cover tight ends, but rush the passer. Of course, the Dolphins won't make this move.
It took them forever to play Yeremiah Bell when I was practically screaming for him to be put in the lineup. The hip pointer Crowder is dealing with now also might limit him this week, meaning Pope might have to take his spot in the lineup anyway.
But when Crowder's healthy, go with Pope ahead of Spragan. Shake things up. Get better!