DOLPHINS: 4th qrt
mroz66 at comcast.net
Mon Dec 29 18:47:58 GMT 2008
thx for the response...
like I said before, I think this team plays it's best ball in the 4th qrt. I
felt a little more comfortable when we entered the 4th qrt with the lead
yesterday. While we didn't dominate we did have the ball for almost 8
minutes (7:57) in the 4th which is not bad considering the Jets had the ball
at the start of the 4th. After we got the ball back in the 4th we held on to
it for the 7:57 vs the Jets 4:44. When we got the ball with 4:53 I was
thinking we were going to run the clock out...
> One other thing I think in comparing these teams is that they both are
> (were) teams in the true sense of the word. When the 72/73 Dolphins
> needed a big play, someone came up with it, but you never knew who it
> would be. While there was controversy over the running back trio, the
> bottom line for them all was whatever it took to win was what mattered,
> not personal achievement. Now I am the first to sing Pennington's
> praises, but I am not sure I buy all the talk about this team being where
> it is because of him. I see the same kind of resilience in this team I
> did in the 72/73 teams. When we've had injuries, someone has stepped up.
> When we've needed plays, someone delivered. You never know who they would
> be. Granted, Pennington alomst always delivered, but I've never been too
> worried about Pennington going down, because I think we have a backup QB
> that could have been as successful as Flacco or Ryan, had he started this
> year. Not just because I think he's got what it takes, but because of the
> team mentality this group has.
> The question now for this team is, how far can they go? They have been
> asking themselves "Why not us?" all season. It's hard to get where they
> are, and you never know when they'll get another chance. I hope they
> won't be happy for what they've done so far, and keep asking themselves,
> "Why not us?"
> On Dec 28, 2008, at 11:25 PM, Michael Fischer wrote:
>> One of the things that you already know is that running teams that
>> really dominate may not be successful at the beginning of the game but
>> get stronger as time goes on; they simply wear the other team down.
>> When Griese went down, Earl Morrall came in. I remember thinking as they
>> carted Bob off the field "there goes the season" - but I was wrong -
>> wayyyyyyyy wrong. Earl wasn't Bob, but he was a true veteran, and he
>> knew he had a lot of weapons. He also knew it was his job not only to
>> win, but NOT TO LOSE. As a result, they were sometimes behind going into
>> the fourth quarter, but they had confidence; and usually by the fourth
>> quarter if they were behind, the defense was so tired of getting
>> pounded. Nature would take it's course. You just KNEW they would win it
>> after a while. This year, I had confidence in Chad, but I really had to
>> hold my breath. The ability to win in the fourth quarter this year is a
>> direct result of Pennington. Similar, but not quite the same. Running
>> game is the real similarity.
>> BTW, In the playoff game against the Steelers, I was praying they'd put
>> Bob in. The Steeler defense was good enough that, without Bob's
>> mobility, smarts and younger arm, we would have lost.
>> (The best quote of the season: When told that Joe Greene had said they
>> hadn't lost at home all year before that playoff game, Mad Dog Manny
>> Fernandez replied "Big deal. We haven't lost anywhere all year". You had
>> to love it.)
>> By the way; Tom Jackson called the Dolphins "the story of the year" on
>> ESPN while Boomer was going on some other BS...
>> On Dec 28, 2008, at 9:31 PM, Rick wrote:
>>> Hey ole timers,
>>> I'm too young to remember the 72/73 Fins but someone mentioned they
>>> used to put some good drives together in the 4th qrt. One of the things
>>> I have really enjoyed about this years version of the Fins is that they
>>> seem to play their best ball in the 4th qrt. Was that what it was like
>>> in 72/73?
>>> ps: Don't look now but we just went undeated in December and ppl are
>>> talking about how hot the Colts are after winning 9 in a row. We have
>>> won 9 out of our last 10 (same as the Colts)
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