And they also broke many records today. They became the third team in NFL history to score 70 points in a game, tied for the second-best mark – along with the 1950 Rams – and decided not to go for the perfect record – held by the 1966 Redskins – , which they could have overcome. if they chose to go for the field goal instead of kneeling. Additionally, they added the second-highest total offensive yards in single-game history, with 726 against the defenseless Denver Broncos.
All of these brands respond to an unprecedented offensive display for which Head Coach Mike McDaniel must bear the most important part of the responsibility. It’s not just the evolution that this Dolphins offense has experienced, but the ability to mutate and do damage in very different ways. They say great teams have the ability to win in different ways, well, if that’s true, these Miami Dolphins are a great team. On day one against the Chargers, McDaniel suggested those little pre-snap moves where a receiver corrects his position without having to cross the entire offense and with that little adjustment he was able to counter secondary assignments and damage the explosive game. through the air (which by the way, in this game against the Broncos, they also used it but in reverse). In the second, against the Patriots, a defense prepared to avoid big plays and alert to cut off perimeter runs, the Dolphins taught pre-snap moves that appeared to run outside but actually offered an ‘inside’ plot. Raheem Mostert took advantage to create damage by running through the center.
But this is the third day when the Dolphins have a feast at the expense of the Broncos, where we enjoy the most imaginative and diverse proposals from McDaniel’s slate. If at the beginning of the season these movements were short and on the same side of the field, in this game they are the opposite: orbital motion – a movement from side to side, which, unlike the ‘jet motion’ that crosses close to the linemen, in this case ‘orbit’ behind the QB– who made the player who made them the main blocker outside to deliver the ball in an ‘end around’ in the same direction to another player who took advantage of that first move block and receivers working to block on the outside for multiple rushing gains.
A lesson on the whiteboard to mostly take advantage of the speed of the Dolphins’ two RBs, Mostert and Achane, who finished with 4 TDs each and 375 total yards between them. If last week the trend was indoor running, this time outdoor racing with these creative designs takes center stage. It was a pleasure to watch this new and improved version of the Miami Dolphins game. And we haven’t even mentioned Tua Tagovailoa or Tyreek Hill.
The Miami QB played a flawless game and was protected flawlessly by the OL. In the first half he did not miss a single pass and sat down early with the game decided several minutes before, with 309 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. For his part, Tyreek Hill continues to have the uncanny ability to always be open even when the defense gives him more attention. He hauled in 157 yards on 9 receptions and a TD on a day without Jaylen Waddle and the defense can devote more resources to stopping him.
The party in Miami is full and beyond the anecdotal of the records, what really matters is what is behind it: an offensive scheme internalized by the team and with McDaniel is able to adapt according to the needs of each game and that It offers us many variants that make it a fun attack to watch. That is something very dangerous, because when you have a lot of resources it is very difficult to plan to stop them. Currently no one can do it.