Dolphins hang on to win in OT against Bengals 38-35

I admit it. I changed the channel at 35-12. I think it was when Myles Gaskin got injured. I mean the game was over, right? It’s really not important that the hapless Bengals scored 23 points in less than 5 minutes against us. It sure did make for a more interesting ending though. Bengals fans were probably getting pissed, and I bet some Dolphins fans were getting excited that we might get a better pick in the draft. In the end a Jason Sanders FG won it and all that went away.

How about that Ryan Fitzpatrick? No running game, adequate pass blocking at best, and this guy just keeps throwing TD’s and moving the ball up and down the field. 52 pass attempts, 419 yards and 4 TD’s. Unbelievable. DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki do NOT have the seasons they are having w/o Fitzpatrick. I firmly believe that. This guy is playing out of his mind. His escapability out there is uncanny and his running ability shocks team week in and week out. He keeps so many drives going by eluding the rush and getting positive yards. Major props to Ryan Fitzpatrick who I admittedly didn’t want to see at the helm. I had hoped Josh Rosen would be leading our team but I’m happy that I got to see football worth watching this season because of Ryan Fitzpatrick.

I don’t stress over blowing a 23 point 4th quarter lead because this has been declared a stress free season and it’s legitimately been just that. The only thing that upsets me are injuries. Myles Gaskin left with an ankle injury and his status for next week is unclear. That’s a good sign as far as I’m concerned, I thought it was bad. We’ve had a record number of players that have been on this roster so what Brian Flores has been able to do with that is impressive.

DeVante Parker. The boy went over 1000 yards receiving this past Sunday. 64 receptions for 1065 yards and 9 TD’s with a 16.6 yards per catch average. If he had more catches he’d be in some elite company. Mike Gesicki now has 47 catches and 536 yards and 4 TD’s. He’s just getting started . . . These are things that get you pumped about next season. Draft well, bring in some more talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball, and we should be on our way to being a very tough team to beat. Flores has a bunch of no-names right now. He’s done amazing things. If you bring a bunch of names in here the whole dynamic changes. It may be harder for Flores. No joking. It’s easier to get guys who want to be on a roster to play hard for that spot but bring in a bunch of big name players who believe they’re already there and it’s more difficult to keep these players lit. It will be great to have more talent but I’m very interested to see how Flores handles these new guys. It’s why I feel that we may not necessarily be looking for the big names but possibly more unsung talent. In other words maybe not Tua or Young. We’ll see.

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764 Responses to Dolphins hang on to win in OT against Bengals 38-35

  1. The Flying Pig says:

    Countdown to the emergence of stories that conclude that hiring Chan Gailey is an effort to lose for Trevor Lawrence in 3…..2….1….

  2. BailBondMike says:

    I was also thinking, do we draft a WR to move on from Wilson? I think not so much, now. I like our WR group moving forward with a spread O. Our 2 big guys in Parker and Preston Williams. Our 2 water bugs in Wilson and Grant. Reliable #5/6 in Hurns and Ford. I do see them try to add another YAC type receiver. I’m thinking Devin Duvernay would be a great addition to the mix in a spread O. He is RB size at 5’11” 215 and is the 6th fastest player in college football.

    • BailBondMike says:

      I believe he was the leading receiver in college football this year as well. Have not checked the year end stats though.

  3. CavalierKong says:

    Not sure how I feel about Chan Gailey. I’ll have to ask my therapist…

    • BailBondMike says:

      I know, I have my ??? about that move as well. I do like the fact we have a really smart vet QB in Fitz to help implement the offense. I just hate switching schemes going into year 2. Hope we are not taking a step back in that regard.

  4. wyoming85 says:

    And you thought 3 OL would get you a melt down?

  5. Randy says:

    Chan Gailey? Not a fan. I know he’s supposed to be a spread kinda offensive mind, but I don’t think that’s necessarily what he will bring to this team. I think he brings a guy with tons of experience who Flores can let handle the offense pretty much by himself. It seems Flores prefers that. But, Gailey also brings a system that is relatively easy to learn and good for developing young QBs. It can also simplify things for the OL because the offense doesn’t do a ton of misdirection stuff and relies more on running base plays. But, this is also why I’ve never been a big fan of Gailey. He tends to get repetitive and predictable. He also likes screens! Lol
    I’m torn on this hire but what the hell….this team still has a lot of development to go thru before we are actually any good so go Gailey!
    As bad as our offense was this year….and it was bad….our defense was worse. Let’s hope we see improvements on both sides of the ball.

  6. The Flying Pig says:

    I know Chan Gailey is a spread offense guy

    But isn’t that a recent thing

    Wasn’t he out OC in the Dave Wanstedt days

  7. wyoming85 says:

    The Gailey Draft
    Your Picks:
    Round 1 Pick 5: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama (A-)
    Round 1 Pick 18: Jeffrey Okudah, CB, Ohio State (A-)
    Round 1 Pick 25: Alex Leatherwood, OG/OT, Alabama (B+)
    Round 2 Pick 5: Julian Okwara, DE/OLB, Notre Dame (B)
    Round 2 Pick 30: Jordan Love, QB, Utah State (A+)
    Round 3 Pick 5: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (A+)
    Round 5 Pick 17: Zach Shackelford, C, Texas (A+)
    Round 6 Pick 5: Julian Blackmon, CB, Utah (A+)
    Round 6 Pick 17: Bradlee Anae, DE/OLB, Utah (A+)
    Round 7 Pick 29: Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC (A+)

  8. BailBondMike says:

    I had to do some looking up to make me feel better.
    In 2 seasons as our OC, 2000/2001, we went 11-5 both seasons.
    As HC of Cowboys, he took them to playoffs each season he was there.
    As OC of Steelers, 96/97, steelers O ranked 6th in offense, 7th in scoring. Went to SB in 97.
    As HC of Bills, he improved their O from 25th to 14th but dropped to 19th in last season.
    As OC of Jets, their O was ranked 10th in first season but dropped to 24th in last season.

    Fitz was his QB in Buff and with Jets so Fitz already knows the offense.

    Flores has this team playing the way he wants and playing with fire. The combination of Flo and Gailey might just be a great match.

  9. Ken says:

    I don’t mind the selection of Chan Gailey as OC. Despite popular opinion he has a very good track record in the NFL

  10. BailBondMike says:

    The downfall for Gailey in Buff and NY seemed to be bad defense and lack of offensive weapons. Lets give him an OL to work with cause we have the weapons (need RB) and build this D!

  11. BailBondMike says:

    From Earlier: “The Dolphins fired OC Chad O’Shea in what appears to be an attempt to keep QB coach Jerry Schuplinski”
    There must be something Flo likes about Schuplinski. Bring in Gailey for a year or 2 who has had successful offenses everywhere he has been, implement his system and mentor the the next man up, Schuplinski???

    Ok, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but they are thinking forward, IMO.

  12. BailBondMike says:

    Another getting ahead of myself moment….

    Look at the turn around Burrow made when LSU went to more of a spread offense. Wouldn’t it be great if that change in offensive scheme had the same affect on Rosen! Ah, wishful thinking. LOL

  13. BailBondMike says:

    I think this system will have us looking at specific type OL as well. More athletic and great in space type guys instead of maulers.

  14. wyoming85 says:

    Maybe he will mold the system to fit the personnel?

  15. sb7mvp says:

    Ugh… you can always tell an article is full of lies when the title ends with ” and that’s a good thing”.

  16. New Age says:

    I’m feeling better about Gailey. I think picking Love would be a huge mistake, especially early, but maybe Gailey can extract extra out whoever we pick. Gailey did have some good offenses over the years and his relationship with Fitz is a definite plus for next year.

  17. Tim Knight says:

    Isn’t a staple of Chan Gailey’s offense screens to the RBs as a part of the ball control game?

  18. The Flying Pig says:

    When you’ve been coaching as long as Gailey has, so you really have a system?
    Seems to me that longer careers usually are based on flexibility

  19. Tim Knight says:

    I don’t think bringing Gailey in as OC has much to do with the draft. You still look to draft talent regardless.

  20. BailBondMike says:

    The top 5 athletic tackles are:
    LT Andrew Thomas, UGA (best overall)
    LT Austin Jackson, USC
    RT Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
    RT Jedrick Wills, AL
    LT Prince Tega Wanogho

    I have read a few draft sites that say Alex Leatherwood will be drafted in the late first round to play inside. They say he would be a day 1 starter if moved inside with his athletic ability in run blocking and pass pro. Someone will want him on day 1 for that purpose and his ability to move outside to tackle in a pinch in case of injury which is what he has done at Alabama.

  21. The Flying Pig says:

    You guys are Anti-love!

    What jerks!


  22. ElephantRider says:

    Chan Gailey….why does that name sound familiar??

  23. wyoming85 says:

  24. wyoming85 says:

    Can you imagine being the browns trying to convince a new head coach to deal with the antics of your star players?

  25. wyoming85 says:

  26. BailBondMike says:

    All right, Neto! We signed Neto. Glad to see Hanks in there as well.

  27. D says:

    I would definitely move Leatherwood to the inside position or make him a RT. Depends on the system but in most modern ones, Leatherwood isnt a great option at LT. Really the only standout LT is Thomas, though now for a spread system and some of those blocking concepts, Prince Tega Wanogho i think might be a good one.

    • D says:

      I had one round where i drafted both Thomas and Leatherwood in the first round, obviously Thomas with the first one and Leatherwood with our last on and my thought was just that, if we get a really good OG in FA we could move him out to RT and if we got a goot RT in FA we move him inside to OG.

  28. D says:

    Tim Knight says:
    December 31, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    I don’t think bringing Gailey in as OC has much to do with the draft. You still look to draft talent regardless.
    It does if it also means we are moving to a spread system. Some of the traits of an offensive player are more useful in some system vs others, so i think it definitely weighs on how they evaluate for our specific needs. It may not move them up or down a round in evaluation but it certainly could move them up or down in the same round making another prospect slightly better.

  29. D says:

    The Flying Pig says:
    December 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    When you’ve been coaching as long as Gailey has, so you really have a system?
    Seems to me that longer careers usually are based on flexibility
    You have a system of concepts you pull from. No system is 100% spread, or 100% power run, etc, they are all a mixture, but the base system is usually the one that comprises most of your plays and his fortay has been spread concepts. I would guess we might not be a full spread system but we are definately going to have a lot of plays out spread formations.

  30. D says:

    My guess is they are being smart and they are looking to get in on the ground level of the major swing of the NFL to the talent coming in from the college systems. Change or die. It is what it is and a lot of teams are breaking out and embracing the inevitable. We may be doing that very same thing and that could be why Gailey is here at least to help get us going in that direction. My guess is he is for a transition period and eventually Schuplinski will take over.

  31. Phindog says:

    They are replaying the MIA vs pats on NFL network right now.

  32. D says:

    BailBondMike says:
    December 31, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Another getting ahead of myself moment….

    Look at the turn around Burrow made when LSU went to more of a spread offense. Wouldn’t it be great if that change in offensive scheme had the same affect on Rosen! Ah, wishful thinking. LOL
    Rosen could probably do a bit better in a spread system but he still has things to work on no matter the system.

    • Krishna says:

      Like reading defenses.

    • D says:

      Ill be honest, i think the QB spot might be something they arent going to be aggressive about. They will be on year 2 of 5 next year, they have a QB they used a 2nd round on on the roster, they have a vet they can rely on if they need to. They have a deep QB pool this year that they can still select a guy with potential and not waste any higher level picks and then if it falls through they be aggressive the next year. I think transition of the OC, with potential future transition from him to Sculpinski means they might not be close enough to knowing exactly what kind of guy they want right now they might want to wait another year to eval what they have vs whats available.

  33. D says:

    Another thought i had was if they really like Herbert, like i have heard some people talk about them liking him, he is a spread system QB and maybe the plan is to take him and build around him. There is a lot up in the air right now, so its hard to say any of these ideas have merit but addition of Gailey is curious enough to warrant the thought.

  34. Tim Knight says:

    D, we ran plenty of spread this year. I think Flores wanted a more experienced OC.

    • D says:

      We didn’t really have a scheme this year we did a lot of stuff. I didnt see anything that i could completely see as our base system, and maybe there wont be with Gailey, who knows.

  35. Mike E. says:

    NEW BLOG UP!!!

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