Burke is just the start of what is wrong

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Burke is just the start of what is wrong

Post by mercury22nathan on Fri Dec 21, 2018 10:54 am

Like JMP, i don't like posting entire articles, but this is too good not to read.  in an attempt to absolve Burke (to some degree), i think Hyde really makes the case to fire the entire regime.

Can Burke coach?

I don’t know. It’s beyond my football knowledge. His defense is reeling as badly as Adam Gase’s offense is. He has some personality problems with players that have got in the way (Jordan Phillips, Reshad Jones ...). But the X’s and O’s of the schemes are lost to me in some larger issues.

Here are five talking points on this defense and Burke:

1. The faulty personnel. The heavy investment in defensive ends Robert Quinn, Andre Branch, Cameron Wake and Charles Harris has led to the 31st-ranked team in sacks and (other than Wake) offers minimal resistance to the run. The defense began the season without a capable second cornerback, causing a shuffling of players in the secondary. Two rookies start (Minkah Fitzpatrick, Jerome Baker), as does a second-year player in Raekwon McMillan who missed his rookie season. He has a dysfunctional safety situation (see below). He has an awful defensive-tackle rotation — some of which might be on him. Jordan Phillips was released in midseason. When Vince Taylor got hurt, that Phillips decision looked worse. Now they’re signing people off the street to help. Bottom-line: The blue print for this defense hasn’t worked. There are some very productive players – Xavien Howard, Fitzpatrick, Kiko Alonso. There are some good young players — Howard and Baker. But … the idea was to defend the pass by getting to the quarterback and accepting it when teams ran the ball. But there are such glaring weaknesses that offenses can pick where to attack. This isn’t primarily about scheme or coaching. It’s personnel. It’s Mike Tannenbaum and the front office with the architecture of this team. And it’s not good enough.

2. The offense is a co-conspirator. Only Arizona’s defense is on the field more than the Dolphins defense. Opposing offenses average 32 minutes and 18 seconds in time of possession. The last time opponents held the ball more (32:37) was 2015, the year Joe Philbin was fired. The only other time in the past 40 seasons – dating to 1988 - they’ve had been above that was in 2005 (32:35). That was the last year of Dave Wannstedt. In other words, when this stat is that glaring, bad things happen. I know what you’re thinking: That’s on the defense. And that’s true. When you rank 30th in total yards and 31st in stopping the run, you’re being ball-controlled plenty. The defense has given up 308 first downs, sixth-most in the league. But look at the other side, too. The Dolphins offense has a third-worst 224 first downs. They’re not keeping the ball at all to manage the game. They’re putting extra pressure on a defense that, in a perfect world, would be kept off the field more. So the offense’s problems compound the defense’s problems — and vice versa.

3. They’re second in the league with 20 interceptions. This stat and special-teams play are the only reasons the Dolphins are 7-7 despite having so many statistics suggesting they should be worse. Does Burke get any credit for that? Fumble recoveries have a more random quality to them (the Dolphins have six). Interceptions are a mix of ball-hawking, scheme-making, quarterback-baiting, etc … The fact they have 20 interceptions with quarterbacks not fearing being sacked is interesting. The Dolphins had nine interceptions in 2017. Twenty is a big number. Xavien Howard having seven interceptions is a starting point. But does Burke get any credit here?

4. The safety mess. Yep, Burke could have handled egos better. Surely coach Adam Gase really should have stepped in here and dealt with the situation better. But this has been a situation waiting to boil into something ugly since the Dolphins oddly signed T.J. McDonald before the 2017 season. Oddly, because his talents overlapped with Reshad Jones. They’re both hard-hitting safeties who like to play in the box and disrupt offenses. It didn’t work in 2017 to the point the Dolphins drafted Minkah Fitzpatrick to play him at …. safety. Free safety, specifically. The guy who plays back. Well, Fitzpatrick couldn’t do that a lot because the Dolphins didn’t have a good cornerback option to play opposite Howard. Again, do you blame Burke? The front office would seem a likelier target. When Fitzpatrick finally was scheduled to play free safety … well, Reshad Jones had a sit-in on the sideline. He refused to go in the game. That wasn’t the right move by a pro. Not at all. You can see the sentiment of his emotion, though. Jones has been put out of position because of the McDonald signing and is now losing playing time to Fitzpatrick because of that. I don’t know if anyone has handled this right, including Burke. But it was a mess that shows dysfunction in the decision-making on a lot of levels.

5. Coaching staff management. The defensive coordinator position is like a second head coach on a team like the Dolphins. Gase, as everyone knows, just worries about the offense. He sits on the bench, as everyone’s seen, working on plays while the defense is out there. So, given that, wouldn’t a veteran defensive coordinator be the ticket? The first-time coordinator working for a first-time head coach is a combo either to inventing a new generation of greatness in coaching … or poses real difficulty with two people learning on the job. Maybe it’s both. Maybe this is just the learning curve you expect. But the Dolphins got the learning-on-the-job aspect the past couple of years. Burke is a convenient issue right now. A proven, veteran defensive coordinator always made more sense to pair with Gase. But even that proven, defensive coordinator would be challenged with some of the problems the rest of this roster would give him.

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/dave-hyde-blog/fl-sp-hyde5-dolphins-burke-defense-20181221-story.html

regardless of what happens over these last 2 games, this whole crew from Tannenbaum down has got to be fired.

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Re: Burke is just the start of what is wrong

Post by JMP on Fri Dec 21, 2018 11:50 am

The definition of "clusterfuck".

Blow it all up. Now.

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Re: Burke is just the start of what is wrong

Post by Degarmo on Fri Dec 21, 2018 5:42 pm

I will give Tannengrier this credit, they DID draft a guy to fill the FS hole they've had for 20 years.
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Re: Burke is just the start of what is wrong

Post by white1 on Sun Dec 23, 2018 10:56 am

Agree. Unfortunate their plan at cb was so bad it’s forcing him to play out of position. Oh and they have two of the same skill set at strong safety which is a waste. So two big demerits there.

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Post by DolFan 316 on Sun Dec 23, 2018 11:27 am

white1 wrote:Agree. Unfortunate their plan at cb was so bad it’s forcing him to play out of position. Oh and they have two of the same skill set at strong safety which is a waste. So two big demerits there.

Drafting a player in the first round at literally one of the only positions that *didn't* need addressed while passing up a better player at the same position is such a Finsy thing to do.

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Post by Degarmo on Sun Dec 23, 2018 4:56 pm

Free safety was an absolute need. Too bad they refuse to play their only true free safety at his position.
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Post by DolFan 316 on Sun Dec 23, 2018 6:08 pm

From what I could tell the D actually played well enough to win today. Six sacks even Shocked

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