Previewing Bears vs Dolphins with Phin Phanatic
2. I know that many Bears fans wished that a certain reality TV star was still under center for the Dolphins on Sunday. How is Cutler viewed in Miami? How do you like your quarterback situation going forward with Ryan Tannehill?
Cutler is not viewed in a positive light and he wasn’t last year. He was regularly booed and just seemed to go through the motions. It was a horrible signing. As for Ryan Tannehill, he is the perfect quarterback to lead you to a Super Bowl IF you have a really good offensive line, a productive running game and a stellar defense. While I like Tannehill, he is not a game changer or a playmaker. He is a game manager and Miami needs him to be what he is not.
3. Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio certainly knows Dolphins head coach Adam Gase and offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains from their time together with the Bears. How do Gase and Loggains attack Fangio and the Bears defense? Do they have an edge knowing Fangio’s schemes?
They don’t have an edge with this game. There are questions up and down the offensive line and frankly, I’m not sure how they stop the Bears pass rush especially Khalil Mack. It is going to be a long game for Adam Gase who still calls the plays but probably should turn them over to Loggains. Gase is still getting his feet wet as a head coach and right now it’s a bumpy ride. Many expected more in season three. As for Fangio, a lot of Dolphins fans were hoping he wouldn’t return to the Bears and end up in Miami.
4. On the flip side, Dowell Loggains has a pretty intimate knowledge of Mitch Trubisky since he was Bears OC last year for Mitch’s first season. Does Loggains help the Dolphins come up with a way to attack Mitch’s weaknesses? What can the Bears offense expect from a Dolphins defense ranked atop the league in interceptions?
Defensively the Dolphins might be able to stay with the Bears at least through part of the game but that is really going to depend on how long the offense can hold on to the ball. Defensive coordinator Matt Burke better be spending a lot of time with Loggains this week to come up with a plan. That being said, there has been a lot more growth this year out of Trubisky so I’m not sure all of those hang-ups last year are still there. The key is to pressure him and take away his running game but the Dolphins edge rushers have not been producing this year. Keeping him in the pocket and forcing him to throw when he doesn’t want to will be the key.