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Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:03 am
Edited on: November 1, 2011 2:39 pm
How to be 0-6 without really trying: look shocked when Tebow runs a QB draw. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This goes a long way in explaining a) why the Dolphins are 0-6, and b) why they seemed like the only people surprised when Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow ran the Tebow Sneak on the game-tying two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter (Hint: you don't have plays named after you unless you have previously done something to make them famous. In Tebow's case, he ran some variation of the quarterback draw approximately two billion times in college.): On the game's most important play, Miami was in the wrong defense.

In case you missed it, the video evidence:

Denver Quarterback Tim Tebow capped off a miraculous 4th quarter comeback by sending the game to overtime, with this 2 point conversion in the final seconds of regulation against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

After the loss -- one that saw the Broncos score 15 points in the final minutes -- Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford admitted that "everyone in the stadium knew he was going to run it." Everyone, it seems, except head coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan. On that fateful, game-tying play, Miami had five defensive backs, three linemen and three linebackers on the field, apparently under the impression that Tebow, who had amassed a whopping 24 passing yards midway through the third quarter, was going to throw the ball.

The Palm Beach Post's Brian Biggane notes that "Run-stoppers Langford, nose tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Randy Starks typically are on the field in Miami's goal-line defense. But all three were on the sideline in the scheme defensive coordinator Mike Nolan used against the Denver formation that employed four wide receivers."

Defensive lineman Tony McDaniel, who played nose tackle on the play, was more succinct: "We had the wrong personnel on the field, to be honest. They spread us out and ran it up the middle."

He then echoed teammate Langford. "I always knew (Tebow) was going to try to run the ball when they got in the red zone. He just found a way, made a play and they got a win."

And just in case it wasn't clear, Langford reiterated the point one last time.

"We weren't in a goal-line package," he said. "Everybody at home watching knew what the call was. That was obvious."

Obvious to everyone but Nolan. Which brings us to this: what happened? Nolan got the 49ers head coaching gig in 2005 after coordinating up the Ravens' defense. He lasted three years in San Francisco and spent a season with the Broncos before landing in Miami.

The Sun-Sentinel's David Hyde points to a string of "wait, what did he just do?" decisions by Nolan in 2011:

1. Karlos Dansby wasn't on the field for Cleveland's game-winning touchdown drive.
2. Cameron Wake was asked to cover Santonio Holmes, which resulted in a touchdown.
3. The aforementioned two-point Tebow conversion

If you're looking for a silver lining, this is the best we can do: there's only 600 minutes left in the Dolphins' season.

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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: October 27, 2011 6:05 am

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

oosterbaan,  you obviously are an idiot if you think that 4 weeks taking first team reps in the last two years compares with what Gabbert has received this year, Newton has received since he was drafted, hell, even Dalton had the support of his team and coaches from the start of this season.  You are an even bigger idiot if you think there is any comparison between the receivers and running backs of the Broncos and Steelers.  Denver has no running game and a rookie receiver, and Wallace is an upgrade over Royal.  Finally, Denver fans aren't fully behind Tebow.  There are just as many fans that rip this guy and want him gone as there are that talk him up.   Tebow has had to defend not only his playing style but, his personal convictions since the day he was drafted.  For all the name calling of the people that dare stick up for Tebow, I have seen more comments personally attacking this guy than I have seen supporters come on here and claim he will win a Super Bowl and be in the Hall of Fame.

If he hasn't won at least half the games he starts the rest of the year, or start to consistently hit over 50% of his passes and throw for more than 200 yards, then it will be time to end the experiment.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:37 pm

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Everyone is in the wrong defense when the other team scores.

Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: October 26, 2011 12:08 pm

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Thousands of games played over tens of years.  Thousands upon thousands of wrong defenses called.  This guy Ryan Wilson makes an issue out of 1.  Tebow. Get a life Wilson, The world is going to move on now that Tebow got a 2 pt conversion.

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 10:12 am

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

It can be argued that the Dolphins were also in the wrong offense for much of this da bump! 

Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:50 am

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Dolphins want Luck. You can't tell the players to suck, their too competitive, but you can still tank the game with coaching so bad it has to be on purpose.
Would everyone shut the hell up about Luck.  The Dolphins are just terrible, they don't have to pretend, just like Luck doesn't have to declare for the draft.  I have already made a $50 wager with a co-worker that if Mia has the #1 pick and are 0-16 or 1-15 that Luck will not declare for the draft.  Pulling in a big name coach/OC before the draft *might* change Luck's mind but I'm willing to put a Ulysses S. Grant against it.

Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: October 26, 2011 9:23 am

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

I have been a Dolphin fan my whole life. I am a born and raised South Floridian. It's hard to admit this, but our proud franchise is the worse in the NFL and its not even close. the thing is we are so bad that we will some how lose out on Andrew Luck. I guarantee we find a way to win our last game of the season. I am not into the "suck for luck" thing, but being this bad it makes it a little easier when you lose because you think we "may" have a shot at "another Marino." The reality is Indianspolis is just as bad as a team, but as a franchise they are a million miles ahead. So, in the end...they are going to end up with this pick. Don't get me wrong this JP Losman pick up may put us over the edge hopefully. To all the fantasy players out there he is available in 100% of leagues. GO GET HIM WHILE YOU CAN! lol 

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:38 pm

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Better to be a homosexual than a racist redneck, Cydonia you are a worthless piece of excrement. I shouldn't be surprised, however, at the fact that infantile brains like yours can't actually make a point when their excitement over tebow suddenly causes all the blood to flow down to their lower head. Sycophants.

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:34 pm

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Just wondering, you complete moron: tebow has had plenty of first team reps, he started four games last year remember? A large portion of fans are ripping him? Not the Denver fans, who undermined their coach to such a degree that he was forced to play tebow over the second stringer Brady Quinn. The steelers have mike Wallace, no running backs and few playmakers, so you are wrong again. Nfl experts all agree tebow was terrible in that game, only his ignorant fanatics with mancrushes think differently. No one said he should be cut, clown. But if Gabbert was playing as poorly inhis second year as tebow did on Sunday, he would be cut or demoted, not somehow "earn" a starting spot.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 8:02 pm

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Yep - thanks Dolphins for giving up those all too easy 2 points in the conversion to help fuel the Tebowners and their wacko Tebowmania.  A conspiracy theorist would say your team did it on purpose to stay at the top of the Andrew Luck chase.  You made the faker Tebow look great during the last couple of minutes in a game where he totally sucked until the very end.  Adds to his "legend" for what it worth - a legend that needs to face the reality of real NFL defenses coached by teams that act like they actually care about winning.  Tebow will face this reality soon, but you guys really played into the rabid Tebowners and have added to the already deeply split Broncos fan base anguish.

Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 7:33 pm

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Here is the main factor that all of the bozos talking about how a few QBs are making an immediate impact...  this very limited number of QBs have also been completely supported by their coach, team and fans.  They have been given first team reps from day one, or damn close to it, and the coach and OC work one-on-one with them.  What has Tebow had?  A large portion of fans and media ripping him apart from the day he was drafted for everything from a throwing motion to the fact that he believes in GOD.  The coach that drafted him got fired and run out of town.  He is getting hit, sacked and pressured as much as Ben Roethlisberger but doesn't have the luxury of the playmakers around Ben.  A current coach and owner who have no faith in him.  He is fighting battles both on the field and off the field.  How many young people do you truly think are out there that can handle that kind of pressure and be successful.  Let's see how he is playing after he gets 2 or 3 complete games under his belt and a chance to gain some confidence.

You want a comparison, how did Gabbert do the other night?  Guess he should be cut from the team.

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