Dolphins Game Planning For BucsAugust 15th, 2014
Lovie Smith has spoken recently about how he doesn’t really bother with game planning and blitzing and strategy in his first two preseason games.
Game 3 of the preseason is the one Lovie treats as a dress rehearsal for the regular season. But that’s not necessarily the model across the NFL.
Joe’s watched quite a bit of preseason football this year, and vanilla isn’t always the flavor of the day. The Bucs play the Dolphins tomorrow night in Tampa, and Miami is coming to town with a distinct plan, so explained Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald.
Those days are gone.
Joe Philbin’s Dolphins prep for their opponents. They put in plays for the Atlanta Falcons last week. And today they were putting in plays on offense and running scout team plays for the defense in anticipation of playing Tampa Bay on Saturday evening.
“We devoted a lot of time in the practice today to Tampa Bay and our preparation for the game,” Philbin said. “The first three practices of the week were really focused on our own improvement, our own football team. But, we’ve got our game plan in and guys are excited about playing. They’re a good football team. They played well the other night. Their defense looked extremely good and we’re going to have to play well in Tampa.”
Whether it’s better to have a true gameplan for a preseason game is debatable. Joe’s just worried about what could happen if the Dolphins scouted the Bucs and decided to, say, attack them through the guard positions. Joe would really like to see Josh McCown make it to opening day.