Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
Boasting one of the best defensive lines in the NFL and facing an immobile quarterback, many expected the Miami Dolphins to tee off on the Denver Broncos and make life a nightmare for Peyton Manning on Sunday.
However, that didn’t happen. In fact, the Dolphins only were able to sack Manning once, which was also the only quarterback hurry of the day. Why didn’t they pressure him more? Coaches and players tried to explain following the game.
“I think what happened to me was we didn’t get him a lot on third-and-longs that I can recall off the top of my head,” Joe Philbin said. “They were in those mechanical down and distances. They protected pretty well, they had some guys open and they would get them the ball. I think there was one sack, but it was probably more a coverage sack than anything else.”
The players said that the reason why they had trouble getting pressure was because Manning was passing the ball too quick for them to come close to him.
“He was getting rid of the ball pretty quick,” Koa Misi said. “A couple of times we got in there and made him get off the spot but not enough.”
Jared Odrick said that they knew coming in just how good Manning is and said that not much surprised them during the game. Instead, it was about the lack of execution on their end.
“You know what you are getting yourself into when you play Peyton Manning. The thing is you try to rush him as hard as you can and put your hands up. We have to look at the tape and see how we did with that, but we knew coming in that it was going to be tough to pass rush and get to him.”
The Dolphins will get a break from elite quarterbacks when they face Michael Vick and the New York Jets on Monday. They’ve certainly had their fair share of them so it’ll be nice for them to be able to key in on other aspects of the opposing offense without having to worry so much about the quarterback himself.