Dolphins Play Prevent All Day, Preventing a Road Win

5 Nov

Would Mike Nolan have given the best quarterback prospect to enter the league in 20 years that much time to find a target?

That was the question we found ourselves asking all day yesterday, as Andrew Luck picked us apart in record-breaking fashion almost exclusively against four or five man rushes.

Yes, there were other reasons for the loss. There were self-inflicted wounds. There was also no help to be had from the refs, who flagged Koa Misi for a questionable, massive interference penalty to set up Indy’s first TD. Not to mention the 50-yards in penalties piled on us during our last five plays were certainly “poorly timed” by the zebras.

However, we feel that the story of the entire contest was us not bringing the heat, allowing this young stud to wait until a target emerged from our flood of defensive backs. It’s true that our DBs don’t deserve any accolades for their performance. However, if you give any talented signal caller that much time to survey his options, and give his receivers that much time to find the holes, they usually will.

Maybe we weren’t in a “by the book” prevent, but over and over we made a calculated decision to drop into coverage, hoping our outnumbered D-linemen could pressure Luck anyway. It backfired in a big way, leaving us saddled with a loss we couldn’t afford, and forcing us to watch clips of Luck’s “coming out party” for the next decade.

“All a prevent defense does is prevent you from winning.” – John Madden

GO DOLPHINS, and feel free to follow us on Twitter @TheBottlenose

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2 Responses to “Dolphins Play Prevent All Day, Preventing a Road Win”

  1. spfrippRipp November 5, 2012 at 4:55 pm #

    I disagree with your post. Miami was blitzing early in the game and when Luck was pressured there were WRs running in an open meadow. The secondary was out of position and they also took bad angles through out the game. As for Misi, he did not turn his head around. That will draw a flag 9 out of 10 times.

    If you go back and watch all the games we had played so far and you would see Miami blitzing often to cover up the short comings of the secondary. You will also see that in many of the games, both the jets and the Rams games in particular missed opportunities by the opposing team, ether over throwing or under throwing a WR that got behind the secondary. In those games Miami got away with it because who ever was their QB was unable to adjust to the pressure. So now we go up against a QB who can deal with the pass rush and take advantage of a not so talented secondary.

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