Tim Tebow’s game-tying two-point conversion run on Sunday in Miami was aided by the Dolphins coming out in the wrong defense, multiple Miami players say.
Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford told the Palm Beach Post that he, nose tackle Paul Soliai and defensive end Randy Starks all should have been on the field for the goal-line package because “everyone in the stadium knew he was going to run it.” Instead, all three of them were on the sideline, and the Dolphins were in a nickel package.
Dolphins defensive coordinator Mike Nolan wasn’t blamed by name, but if the players think the wrong defense was on the field, that sounds like an indictment of Nolan. And the defense clearly thinks the wrong defense was on the field.
“We had the wrong personnel on the field, to be honest,” defensive lineman Tony McDaniel said. “They spread us out and ran it up the middle. I always knew [Tebow] was going to try to run the ball when they got in the red zone. He just found a way, made a play and they got a win.”
So the Dolphins are blaming themselves for failing to stop Tebow’s run, even though they saw it coming.
“We weren’t in a goal-line package,” Langford said. “Everybody at home watching knew what the call was. That was obvious.”
But knowing what the call was wasn’t enough for the Dolphins to stop it.