I am sitting in a hotel room in another country right now, so I didn't get to see the whole game. I watched bits and pieces from various streaming websites that worked for 5 minutes and then crashed. Needless to say, it was very annoying. There was a lot of bad in this game and I could say we were lucky, but it could also be said that the Dolphins were lucky to even make it to overtime.
Alot of you already posted some of the things I'm going to say, but I have a few more and a few questions that I need answers for. If you could help me out to fill in the blanks of what I saw and what you all saw, I'd appreciate it.Lets be clear this game was ugly, and everyone did a piss poor job in this. The Dolphins make a field goal and we're 1-2. However, points were left on the table on NY's side when Eric Smith cost the Jets at least a field goal, with the Dolphins punting out of their own end zone in the 2nd quarter. Hill also dropped a touchdown in the end zone. Either of those 2 problems don't happen and the game wouldn't have even made it to overtime. Step 1 is to catch the ball, and right now I'm thinking that Chaz Schillens should be given the nod as the #2 WR, and let Hill come along more slowly without the pressure. Just let him run a couple deep seem routes and deep outs and keep his first year as stress free as possible. His problems are mental, and when he plays with confidence, he can put up those 5 catch 2 TD games that he did in week 1. I watched one play where Sanchez got picked throwing a back of the end zone jump ball to Hill, where Hill didn't even turn his head around the entire play. He just ran like a dummy toward the back pylon without once turning his head to see if maybe the ball was coming his way. That play was a complete lack of awareness. When 2 receivers (was Cumberland the other) are running similar routes and the only one to look, jump, and make a play on the ball is a defensive back is not acceptable. The awareness, and beating press coverage needs to be a priority.
Next thought and question is what in the world is going on with the defense? I know that it will take time to gel, and if any of you remember last season, it also started off slowly defensively, and about midway through the year, the run defense was playing much better. Including the new starters in Coples, Bell, and Landry that's a decent amount of turnover on defense to take some time. My question though, is what is the deal with the pass rush? More 4 man fronts, more blitzing, still no sacks. Worse is that it seems like the opposing quarterbacks time in the pocket is not really diminishing. Last week with Rothlisburger they did get to him, but just failed to tackle him. Even if the defense takes time to come along, I would expect the penetration would be better. Considering the Dolphins have 1 legitimate playmaker in Bush, this is troubling that the Jets couldn't control them.
Last up, and this is just my observation from the last 2 games is Sparano's playcalling. I saw in the Steelers game a lot of max protection passing with 2 receiver patterns, and tight ends or backs releasing after blocking. The problem is that how many receivers are going to work open when there are only 2 of them running routes at the snap? The corner and safety can easily double cover them and leave the line backers to cover whoever leaks out on delayed routes. This is just my opinion, but I think Sanchez does better when there are multiple receivers (3-5). Even when they are not spread, just the fact that they are all running routes opens the passing lanes and creates more separation than these weak super protection routes where no one comes open. Sparano was great in week 1, but in weeks 2 and 3 I'm getting confused. On 3 occasions today he took Sanchez out of the game after completing 1 or 2 passes consecutively, and went to Tebow. This completely threw off the offense, and to me seems like Sanchez can't get in a rhythm. Can Tebow just be a traditional back up QB, and punt protector for trickery? I don't like the back and forth in and out, ESPECIALLY when you get inside the red zone and it's time to bring it home.
All in all a win is a win, so I won't complain too much. It's a long season, and there is lots of time to improve.