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Was going to say he took the team on his shoulders when there was absolutely no running game. But, in reflection, I think a lot of it was Gase who figured out a way to make the offense effective w/o the traditional running game yesterday. Not to take anything away from Tannehill...for the most part, he did what he was supposed to within the evolving offensive gameplan. With the exception of the missed TD throw, his passes were on point and there were none of the head-scratchers that I can recall.
As someone who has tried to be as objective as possible about Tannehill, here are my thoughts. The two TD throws to Grant and Wilson were effectively runs. Not dissing him, just stating facts. The throw to Stills and to Parker were perfect throws. Just what we needed when we needed them. The most important thing in my mind was no turnovers. That was crucial. In plain truth, Carr had gaudy passing yardage but his two interceptions killed the Raiders. When you don't turn the ball over, you give yourself a chance to win. If Tannehill can do that, I'm fine with him as our QB. I do think that given the problems with the interior offensive line, they need to let Tannehill use his legs more. The run game was pretty pathetic and in fairness to Gore and Drake, there was no where for them to run. That's why I think they're going to need to do more creative things with Tannehill sometimes running the ball. He's too good a runner to not take advantage of it. Yeah, it does potentially subject him to getting hurt, but I don't think they've got any choice. The guard play was abysmal and I don't see it getting better with the current personnel.
We can't keep asking our defense to bail us out and play catch up on offense, it's not a sustainable formula for winning. Offensively, we have to figure out a way to run the ball, if we can't we are in trouble.
The problem with Gase and his playcalls is that he is far too conservative. I completely understand that hes trying to call safe high percentage passes that get our guys the ball quickly and allow our players to move in space. But, this sequence or on similar is not helping the offense, in fact it's putting us into a hole most times.
1st down - Run, bubble screen or swing pass for no gain.
2nd down - same, for two yards.
3rd down and long - pass to a player in the flat or a dump off for three yards.
Resulting in a punt.
He has to call plays earlier in the series that allow movement down the field, not lateral movement. The plays he is calling are good plays but he relies on them entirely too much and it makes him predictable. It also puts us in positions where a drop, penalty or anything going wrong results in a punt.
Gase has to get more aggressive and start calling more plays designed to start 3+ yards beyond the LOS, then sprinkle in those other plays.
We can't have our offense in 3rd and 7+ every series through ultra conservative play calls.
BTW: RT is doing just fine. He'd do better, IMHO if Gase would be more agressive on early downs shortening the field for him on 3rd down. I mean if you have a 3rd and 5, why are you asking the player to pick up 9 yards to get it?
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/24/2018 05:59AM by Ken.
Really like seeing us use so many different weapons in the passing game. By number of catches, our top receiver has 11 and 5th receiver has 8...with Parker and Giesecki at 2 & 4 respectively as they become more involved in the past couple games.
Small sample size this early in the season, but YPC across the receiving corps is 13.4...with Tannehill's 73% completion rate.
We attempted to run the ball in the first half, and were stuffed on attempt after attempt. The Raiders made the decision to make Tanne have to beat them. It took until after 1/2 time to adjust, but Gase adjusted and we won because of it. Gase needs to be more creative from the 1st series on, hopefully he is learning that.