Play Fantasy Use your Fantasy skills to win Cash Prizes. Join or start a league today. Play Now
Blog Entry

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.


For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter, subscribe to our NFL newsletter, and while you're at it, add our 
RSS Feed.
Comments

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: October 25, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Dolphins were in wrong defense on Tebow score

you get paid millions of dollars and cant even run the right play smh



Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 25, 2011 11:39 am
 

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.  
 
Quarterback is the toughest position on the field, and one that takes awhile to fully learn at the NFL level.  Many are judging Tebow as if he had already played in the NFL for ten years.  I hope he gets the rest of the season to grow and prove his doubters wrong.  He was the subject of too much media adulation in college; now, it seems like the media are trying to balance it out by trashing him and his chances in the NFL.
 
A little bit of balance here would be nice. 


The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or CBSSports.com