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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: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:37 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score



Ya think?!?!   Most of drinking a cold brew on the couch recognized that as they came to the line....




Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 6:27 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

The excuses are getting worse everyday from the haters of a great athlete.  Go nitpick some non-Heisman, non-National Champion QB and then get back to me.  Personally, I think the Tebow-haters are closet homosexuals that have to keep criticizing in open forums just be close to him.  Weirdos.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:44 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

The Tebow suck-ups are out in force. He looked like Ryan Leaf on a bad day through 55 minutes of the game, and then Miami gave the game away. You could take a QB off any top-25 college team right now and put him on an NFL team, and he could get the same results Tebow got.  By the way - did you see Christan Ponder? The guy can make NFL throws today. No need to bring him along slowly, or develop him like the Tebow suck-ups claim for their boy. Ponder has the tools right now.



Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: October 25, 2011 4:15 pm
 

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.



Since: Jan 31, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

no one wants to give tebow credit because hes an annoying fucking bible thumper.



Since: Sep 15, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 3:04 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

 It just doesn't seem like anyone wants to give Tebow any credit at all.  We still don't know if he is a bona fide NFL QB or not, but he has shown that he deserves a chance. 

The nice days of developing a QB are gone. In Elway's era you got three years, now you must prove it immediately. Matt Ryan was one of the first to really do that - coming out of college to a bad team and making a big impact. Cam Newton is already doing it. Newton is growing by leaps and bounds above the learning curve of Tim Tebow. I would love for Tebow to be great and I do think he has some magic, but he also proved in that game that he is still coming up short - or long or wide for that matter - when he has wide open receivers. He wasn't just barely missing guys, he wasn't even close on what should have been at least 3 easy big gainers.



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

The Tebow run was so obvious yet the Dolphins coaches had the wrong defensive formation on the field?  That organization from the top to the bottom is pathetic.  What really shows me how pathetic they are is that the owner is standing on the sideline enjoying a chuckle and chat with Tebow's college coach.  And oh yeah, they honored Tebow's college team at halftime?  The game was played in Miami not Gainesville, right?  Wow or as Cris Carter says, "C'mon Man!."



Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

That was no audible...QB draw all the way.  Even if it was an audible, I could have made that call.  It proves nothing about whether or not Tebow will ever be a decent QB.  Sunday all I saw was a wildly inaccurate "passer" who scraped by a HORRIBLE team on short throws and screens and a blown defensive call on the 2 point conversion.  Maybe Tebow gets better, maybe not.  If he doesn't improve dramatically, however, he will not last long as a starting QB in the NFL.



Since: Feb 22, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

The Dolphins might have been in the wrong defense, but Tebow was smart enough in his first NFL start, with the game on the line, to see their mistake and audible out of the original play.  It just doesn't seem like anyone wants to give Tebow any credit at all.  We still don't know if he is a bona fide NFL QB or not, but he has shown that he deserves a chance.
Look, Tebow may be being treated a bit unfairly, but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to make that audible, especially if you were a running QB in college.  In fact, he was probably explicitly told to look for that option.  A nice play, but not especially praiseworthy.



Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: October 25, 2011 2:03 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

This should add some fire to the thinking that Miami is in the suck for Luck campain



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