Firstly, great win for the Dolphins today. Wow. Nice to have something go our way on special teams this week, and many thanks to the Packers for lining up directly over our center. We needed a break, especially after we’d been robbed a bit earlier on Ronnie’s 4th down run (the guys up in the booth may be just as senile as the guys on the field).
It was interesting, to us anyway, that Bill Belichick and Tony Sparano both faced almost identical situations at the end of regulation today. Just a few seconds left on the clock, both at about midfield.
As we all know, Tony chose to take a knee rather than throwing a deep ball. Meanwhile Bill “The Mad Videographer” Belichick had Brady launch one into the end zone. Brady was intercepted as a pile of Patsies and Ravens fell in a heap. End of regulation.
In The Bottlenose’s opinion, Tony was wrong. He explained after the game that more bad things can happen from a Hail Mary than good. As far as we can tell his belief is based on absolutely nothing concrete. Perhaps after the debacle two weeks ago Tony assumed that the Football Gods would see to it that the ball was batted around in the end zone and returned 103 yards by Charles Woodson? Perhaps Tony assumed that, despite not recording a sack all afternoon, Green Bay’s three man rush would somehow overpower our blockers, force a fumble, and then return it 50 yards for the game winning score with no time on the clock?
Is the Hail Mary a low percentage play? Absolutely. It’s a shot in the dark. But if the Hail Mary is a low percentage play, a defensive touchdown on a Hail Mary is as likely as my Grandma coming down from heaven and cooking me instant grits tomorrow morning.
Not to mention pass interference is the most generous penalty in the history of American football. An early hit on Brandon Marshall, or a yank on Brian Hartline’s jersey and we line up for the game winning field goal with triple zeros on the clock.
The Bottlenose is concerned that Sparano, as a general rule, plays not to lose. This didn’t cost us today, but that doesn’t mean it won’t down the line. We don’t like Bill Belichick. If we saw him we’d probably punch him right in the lips. But we’ll say this about him: Bill plays to win.
The downside was virtually non-existent. We’re playing at Lambeau. It was an opportunity to go for the jugular, and we didn’t take it. Come to think of it, how often does Tony go for that crucial artery? How often does he try to deal that gutsy death blow?
Can you imagine Tony calling for that onside kick that may have very well brought the Saints their first Lombardi? If the end of the 4th quarter today was any indication, that type of moxie may not be in his skill set.
We won. We’re happy about that. We’re just sayin’.
GO DOLPHINS. And feel free to follow us on Twitter @thebottlenose