There is a phrase that says the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. For the Miami Dolphins, some could argue that the coaching staff is insane for continuously trotting out Dallas Thomas to the right tackle position and expecting, and possibly hoping, that he finally figures it out and plays at a high level.
Unfortunately, for the coaching staff, the players, fans and especially quarterback Ryan Tannehill, that hasn’t worked out that way and on Sunday, Thomas was directly responsible for at least 3.5 sacks and was unable to stop linebacker Elvis Dumervil. Following the game, Thomas surprisingly didn’t take much personal blame but instead, pointed out that it’s a team effort.
“Personally, it’s bad but as a team we just have to look at the film and see what went wrong. I don’t know, we have to look at the film. It could be a number of things.”
Daryn Colledge went a little more in-depth than Thomas and broke down for us what really went wrong with Thomas not being able to stop the Ravens defense from getting to Tannehill.
“I thought [G] Dallas [Thomas] played very well in the first half. He protected well. Then, we allowed them to get a sack on a stupid play on a naked [bootleg], which can’t happen. That was a miscommunication. We allowed them to get momentum and you let someone like [Baltimore Ravens OLB Terrell] Suggs start getting charged up and start getting momentum and he starts playing downhill. It becomes a different defense. Then, he wants to start getting sacks. Then, you have a guy on the other side trying to get him. Then, the guys inside are getting charged up. Again, this is a defense we felt like we were in a good position with the first few drives, but again you allow them to start rolling and it becomes a real problem for offensive lines.”
Joe Philbin gave his regular coach-speak answers when asked about Thomas, saying they always play the guys that they feel gives them the best chance to win. He also noted that they had several packages in to help him out on the outside with tight ends but the help didn’t always work out the way they wanted to. Philbin refused to pin it all on Dallas Thomas and said it was those around him as well.
Tannehill didn’t throw anyone under the bus, saying that you have to give credit to the Ravens, who did a good job of getting around the edge and getting to him.
We’ll see if Thomas is the starter against the New England Patriots on Sunday but things are not looking good right now in Miami. Thomas has always struggled since he first entered the NFL and it doesn’t look like things are getting any better.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs