The coaching needs to improve also
The coaching for the Dolphins right now is, shall we say, not getting it done.
As you saw Sunday, Dolphins special teams coach Keith Armstrong was pretty much out-coached by former Dolphins special teams coach Mike Westhoff. Not only did Westhoff get a TD out of his teams, it happened when Miami's kickoff team inexplicably had only three players on the side of the field where Leon Washington ran through for his 98-yard TD.
There were problems with the calling of a time out in the third quarter in what looked like an attempt to ice New York's kicker before a 21-yarde field goal, but really was caused because Miami didn't have the right personnel on the field. That's coaching.
There was also the now habitual penalty on Jason Allen that costs Miami field position. Why can't they coach this guy up?
And don't even get me started on that squib kick stuff. Squib the entire half until you get it corrected at halftime? That was Cameron's idea after Washington's TD.
To which I say, Brother, correct it on the sideline before the next kick.
Defensively, coaches seem to have resolved last week's arm-tackling troubles by working the first team offense against the first team defense in practice. But this defense is like an aging dam and when you patch one leak, another seems to spring up somewhere else.
So yesterday players were complaining about getting used to new positions along the line of scrimmage. Vonnie Holliday and Keith Traylor were playing defensive tackles -- even though Holliday is probably better suited for end and Traylor is a nose tackle. This while Jason Taylor and Joey Porter spent much of the day in three-point stances, when both have typically been successful as standup rushers in recent years.
It was a significant change. And it did not work.
Then there's the offense. The first reaction is that Miami is improving on offense. Ronnie Brown had his finest day. Things are looking good. Well, can I ask why it took three games for Cam Cameron to give Ronnie Brown the ball and end his infatuation with Jesse Chatman?
And even in a game when Brown is doing great work, why not feed him the ball on Miami's only drive of the third quarter. The Dolphins got the ball, down 24-13, and gave Brown the ball twice in a row, picking up a first down. Then Cameron passed three consecutive plays, the last one resulting in an interception.
The Dolphins didn't see the football again until 12:45 was left in the fourth quarter and they were down, 31-13. It's stuff like this that shows you Miami's coaching staff is still figuring out what it doesn't know.
But it's stuff like this that also costs the team a chance to win.