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Report: Richie Incognito, other Dolphins upset with Mike Sherman

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Dolphins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman’s play calling has come under criticism from fans and the media, and it has reportedly also been criticized by the Dolphins’ players.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports that multiple players are questioning Sherman’s approach, and that guard Richie Incognito, in particular, is unhappy Sherman stopped calling running plays in the second half of Sunday’s loss to the Patriots.

“I think we should just keep running the football 30, 40 times a game,” Incognito told Salguero. “That’s our blueprint for success. We have to run the football for four quarters.”

Sherman’s play calling on Sunday was odd. In the first half, the Dolphins had three long scoring drives, and Sherman called either five or six runs on all of them. At halftime, the Dolphins had a 17-3 lead, and you’d think they would have kept calling running plays to protect that lead. Instead, the Dolphins ran the ball just eight times in the second half and watched their 17-3 lead turn into a 27-17 loss.

Criticism of Sherman’s play calling goes beyond the players. According to Salguero, one unnamed high-ranking person within the team says Sherman misses fundamental, basic aspects of running an offense.

If Sherman wants to keep his job as the Dolphins’ offensive coordinator, tonight against the Bengals would be a good time to get his offense rolling.

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  1. skittlesareyum says: Oct 31, 2013 2:44 PM

    But he was so good with the Packers!

  2. sallust99 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:45 PM

    News Flash: Sherman Sucks.

    What did he win in Green Bay with two time league MVP and fourth and half a yard to beat the Eagles and go to the Super Bowl? That’s right nothing?

    What did he win at A&M? And where did he have Johnny Football and the rest of this talent? Oh that’s right, riding the pine.

    Sherman Sucks Period.

  3. buddysguys says: Oct 31, 2013 2:45 PM

    well lets hope they dont make fun of him and he runs away like a 8 year old or a 24 year old 2nd rd Draft Pick.

  4. bucrightoff says: Oct 31, 2013 2:46 PM

    If the State of Florida didn’t have Jameis and the Seminoles it would literally be football hell.

  5. daysend564 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:48 PM

    So, you are saying that Tannehill is not Rodgers?

  6. bigd9484 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:48 PM

    As a Packer fan, I will ask if the Dolphins fans are sick of seeing this yet? Any down over 10 yards? Draw play. 3rd and short? Pass. 10 point lead? Start throwing deep. Sheer ingenuity from Sherman.

  7. phinland says: Oct 31, 2013 2:49 PM

    It’s become painfully obvious that Sherman is out of his element calling plays and he is often called out by numerous media sites, rightfully so.

    But one name that I think deserves a lot of blame for our offensive mess that I’ve yet to hear is OL Coach Jim Turner. His zone blocking scheme is a joke and he has shown ZERO ability to improve a single backup linemen we have.

  8. gloryfromheaven says: Oct 31, 2013 2:49 PM

    Just do what the Ravens did…

  9. uwsptke says: Oct 31, 2013 2:51 PM

    Not so easy when you don’t have Ahman Green & Brett Favre. Green had an 1,800 yard season (just on the ground – he tore it up in the passing game as well), but was overshadowed that year because Jamaal Lewis reached 2,000.

  10. craniator says: Oct 31, 2013 2:51 PM

    As I see it , only chance for this team to right the ship — and we’re talking in the offseason , because this year is already toast — is for them to hire a new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach , then scrap that God awful zone blocking scheme. The entire concept of zone blocking is fundamentally flawed IMO , and the only coach to have any success with it in recent times has been Mike Shanahan.

  11. ProDolphinsTalk says: Oct 31, 2013 2:51 PM

    Deja Vu. See Dan Henning 2008-2010.

  12. flash1283 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:52 PM

    But…But…But…the are going to challenge NE for the AFC East.

    Remember Fish fans?

    The Fish off season SB champs!

  13. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:52 PM

    Mike Sherman has the plays and the players to be successful this year. The problem with this guy is that it seems like he picks 40 plays, puts them into a machine, and presses “random”. There’s no flow to his play calling. At all.

  14. greenisgold1265 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:52 PM

    Ahman Green in his prime rushing for over 2,000 yards. The best oline in the league, Brent Favre in the twilight of his prime and his career achievement was 4-26

    Nuff said

  15. realitypolice says: Oct 31, 2013 2:53 PM

    sallust99 says:
    Oct 31, 2013 2:45 PM
    News Flash: Sherman Sucks.

    What did he win in Green Bay with two time league MVP and fourth and half a yard to beat the Eagles and go to the Super Bowl? That’s right nothing?

    What did he win at A&M? And where did he have Johnny Football and the rest of this talent? Oh that’s right, riding the pine.

    Sherman Sucks Period.

    I don’t disagree with you on your basic premise, but Sherman never coached Johnny Football. Manziel was a true freshman last season.

  16. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 31, 2013 2:55 PM

    and these clowns will still beat the bengals tonight

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 31, 2013 2:55 PM

    Philbin has slowly weeding out the losers in Miami.

    Unfortunately… Philbin has been stuck with some contracts.

  18. westampa says: Oct 31, 2013 2:55 PM

    Put a jersey on.

  19. commonsensedude says: Oct 31, 2013 2:56 PM

    Is Mike Sherman somehow related to Kyle Shanahan?

  20. colinjs27 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:56 PM

    As a lifelong Packer fan I can tell you this. Under the Mike Sherman watch, the Packers were the worst 2nd half team in the league. Countless times the Packers would have a big lead in the first half, only to squander the lead. I always felt that other teams would make adjustments at halftime that heavily outweighed the Packers adjustments. He’s too quick to ditch a bad game plan, and with not stick with game plans that work. Bad combo. I think Philbin is a good coach, but Sherman is their downfall. Also, anyone notice how much of an aXX he is and how he talks to his players? Hard Knocks did not do him any favors.

  21. steve3211 says: Oct 31, 2013 2:56 PM

    In what world do you become an nfl OC while missing basic understanding of how to run an nfl running game. I mean at the high school level sure, I see it all the time and wonder how they don’t know it, but I thought at least at the college and nfl level that sort of bs wouldn’t occur any more.

  22. waxthat says: Oct 31, 2013 3:01 PM

    As a Texas A&M alumni, I couldn’t agree more.

  23. takeittothehizzy says: Oct 31, 2013 3:02 PM

    Apart from Mike Sherman I think Miami has a good coaching staff. If I were Philbin I would put aside my loyalty for Sherman and start calling plays myself. Throw Sherman overboard before he sinks the ship.

  24. scoops1 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:05 PM

    at this time, I would like to introduce you to the new coach of the Minn Vikings…..

    Mike Sherman!!!

  25. sallust99 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:05 PM

    Manziel was a red-shirt freshman. That is why he can go pro after this season.

    Sherman sat him. Period.

    Facts are stubborn things. Do some research.

  26. 69finfan says: Oct 31, 2013 3:06 PM

    OK, so our center has significant legal issues, our starting RT is awol, Cogs and other players are upset (publicly) with the OC and MW is drastically overpaid and drastically underperforming. Other than those minor distractions things are looking up for tonights game.

  27. vanmorrissey says: Oct 31, 2013 3:07 PM

    Good ‘ole boy network at work. Hire the ex-coach, ex-college coach, who, guess what, has FAILED before. Now it has worked in other places, but Sherman is just not that good.

  28. alexb1234 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:09 PM

    at least Incognito put his name with his quotes….i hate when unnamed players talk smack….good for Richie he was not “Incognito”….sorry I had to do it i’ll be here all night

  29. bsizemore68 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    He is stuck on stubborn, or as a friend said ” there is no cure for stupid ” Bill p.s. We can only pray that the next head coach has previous experience as a head coach, and we know there will be a lot of coaches looking for a job in Jan .

  30. bleedgreen says: Oct 31, 2013 3:10 PM

    In what world do you become an nfl OC while missing basic understanding of how to run an nfl running game.
    ———————————–

    Andy Reid and Bill Belichick are on lines 1 and 2.

  31. raiderufan says: Oct 31, 2013 3:12 PM

    bucrightoff says:
    Oct 31, 2013 2:46 PM
    If the State of Florida didn’t have Jameis and the Seminoles it would literally be football hell.

    The U would like to contest this notion.

  32. justalonewolf says: Oct 31, 2013 3:13 PM

    Sherman sucks, but… he is coach Joe’s friend and most of the time,THAT is the biggest factor when hiring assistants, friends, buddies, and whatever else i.e. = Sherman !!!

  33. rcampore says: Oct 31, 2013 3:13 PM

    As a Packer fan, I will ask if the Dolphins fans are sick of seeing this yet? Any down over 10 yards? Draw play. 3rd and short? Pass. 10 point lead? Start throwing deep. Sheer ingenuity from Sherman.

    ____________________________________

    I could have sworn you were talking about Kevin Gilbride, lol. They apparently use the same play book!!

  34. rushmatic says: Oct 31, 2013 3:14 PM

    The Pats changing their scheme and front guys could be part of this, too. Although it sounds like his history of doing this weighs more.

  35. thepftpaperchase says: Oct 31, 2013 3:16 PM

    realitypolice says: Oct 31, 2013 2:53 PM

    sallust99 says:
    Oct 31, 2013 2:45 PM
    News Flash: Sherman Sucks.

    What did he win in Green Bay with two time league MVP and fourth and half a yard to beat the Eagles and go to the Super Bowl? That’s right nothing?

    What did he win at A&M? And where did he have Johnny Football and the rest of this talent? Oh that’s right, riding the pine.

    Sherman Sucks Period.

    I don’t disagree with you on your basic premise, but Sherman never coached Johnny Football. Manziel was a true freshman last season.
    _________________________________

    Sorry to burst your bubble, but Johnny Manziel redshirted in 2011, which was Sherman’s last season at A&M. However, Tannehill was the starting QB.

  36. briang123 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:16 PM

    They should let the players pick the coach. Look how well that has worked out for the Vikings.

  37. thecheatingpatriot says: Oct 31, 2013 3:17 PM

    The Jets are the class of the AFC East.

  38. allday420ap says: Oct 31, 2013 3:23 PM

    Mr incognito, Incognito

  39. jc327 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:25 PM

    I actually feel that the team has talent, but the coaches are using it all wrong. Particularly on the offense and especially the O-line. That’s on the coaches. I only hope Philbin sees it, but I’m not sure… he certainly hasn’t done anything about it yet.

  40. crip2nite says: Oct 31, 2013 3:28 PM

    Ritchie is a locker room cancer! This is your Miami Jets or the New York Dolphins. Enjoy losers!!

  41. shibbyleigh says: Oct 31, 2013 3:29 PM

    Watching this turd playcall for the Packers was infuriating.

    1st and 10: stuffed HB draw.
    2nd and 9: failed screen pass.
    3rd and 9: stuff HB draw.
    4th and Facepalm: punt.

  42. finsupbtchs says: Oct 31, 2013 3:31 PM

    I agree but incognito should shut up and do a better job helping prepare the O line so they don’t give up 10 sacks a game

  43. oakfolk says: Oct 31, 2013 3:31 PM

    Well, I guess we know who’s winning tonight’s game!

  44. getyourownname says: Oct 31, 2013 3:32 PM

    Sounds like he’s related to Cam Cameron, who usually abandoned the run by halftime.

  45. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 31, 2013 3:33 PM

    QUESTION: Who is that low character offensive lineman who signed a three year deal the year before Philbin was hired???

    ANSWER: richie incognito

  46. historyisyourfriend says: Oct 31, 2013 3:35 PM

    Tell you what Dolphins, we’ll sell you Haley for three folding chairs and some gatorade..

    *yes, steeler fan here who’s bitterness flows over*

  47. scmems07 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:36 PM

    give richie credit, at least it was’nt another jets circus show with another “unamed source” talking smack.

  48. cardiovascularendurance says: Oct 31, 2013 3:39 PM

    So, sallust99, Sherman should have started the true freshman Manziel over Ryan Tannehill?!? Give me a break!

  49. judsonjr says: Oct 31, 2013 3:40 PM

    Has Sherman broken out the shovel pass yet? When he was with the Packers 3rd and medium was an auto-shovel pass. However, I’m not as anti-Sherman as other GB fans. I thought he was an OK coach (aside from punting on 4th and 1 vs. Philly).

    One thing: He was horrible as GM. They had a horrible stretch of issues.

    - Joe Johnson (cap killing FA bust)
    - Cletidus Hunt (guy had a few good games, signed a big contract and went back to being lazy)
    - Mike McKenzie and Javon Walker holdouts
    - Trading 2 draft picks for Terry Glenn and then dumping him a season later
    - Terrible drafts in 2003/2004
    - Never getting an actual receiving TE
    - Always having a gaping hole at SS
    - Eric Metcalf disaster pickup at end of 2002

    What saved his bacon (temporarily):
    - Trading for Al Harris and only giving up a mid-round pick
    - New Orleans cutting Grady Jackson mid-season 2003, and the Packers were bad enough that they got the waiver claim (this covered up the Hunt gaffe)
    - Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila – a Ron Wolf draft pick, panning out and providing a pass rush (covered up the Johnson gaffe)

    When he was shown the door the Packers were in such bad cap shape that they had to cut Darren Sharper, and let 2 Pro Bowl guards go to Free Agency.

  50. milkcan44 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:42 PM

    Most of these quotes about Sherman’s Packer days are B.S.
    Sherman did a very credible job as coach, it was his role as GM in selecting players that was poor.
    He used the screen play to perfection in GB. They lost the “4th and 26″ game to Philadelphia because Nick Barnett, who was a rookie, was out of position.
    Barring that one play, their path to the SuperBowl was only through Carolina, and odds were good.
    Never underestimate the failure of “haters” to check the facts.

  51. farvite says: Oct 31, 2013 3:43 PM

    As a Packer fan, this guy took time off my life, I have no doubt.

    But the fact that he went after Sapp still makes me smile.

  52. glac1 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:51 PM

    The Dolphins should show Ritchie the door. Sherman is a great coach but the gm/coach dual role killed him in Green Bay….

  53. crush22 says: Oct 31, 2013 3:51 PM

    Geez………look at the gut on #77!
    Try mixing in a salad every now and then Jabba!

  54. omegalh says: Oct 31, 2013 3:57 PM

    Nothing like beating yourself.

  55. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Oct 31, 2013 4:03 PM

    With all the annual hype that implodes into disappointment the Dolphins are the AFC version of the Cowboys…

  56. open1337 says: Oct 31, 2013 4:09 PM

    Someone said Javon Walker. LOL that guy…..

  57. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 31, 2013 4:19 PM

    He’s a very under rated coach. Favreception ran the Packers into the ground and Ahman Fumble was a lousy football player. This is an offensive genius on the level of Bill Walsh who has always been hindered by second rate players.

  58. realfootballfan says: Oct 31, 2013 4:27 PM

    You couldn’t see this one coming. That 3-0 start seems 2 years ago. Sherman might want to start by changing that obvious tip off that most astute Dolphin fans know leads to a run or pass when Tannehill is at the line of scrimmage.

  59. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 31, 2013 4:29 PM

    I love how the Packer fans on here worship a coach who never won anything of consequence and rest their hero worship on “if this happened and if this guy had done this and the ball bouced this way and he hadn’t punted and if he’d kicked the field goal”.

    Worship Sherman for the non-winning genius he is with a team haphazardly assembled to appease Mr. Orange Crocs.

  60. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 31, 2013 4:31 PM

    Miami has the 7th worst rush yards total with the 2nd least attempt in the NFL… but… Miami is averaging 4.1 yards per attempt (13th in the NFL).

    Richie might be a low character loser… but… he is right about Miami needing to rush more.

    That said…. Miami’s O-Line needs to block more on the passing downs.

  61. blazophoto says: Oct 31, 2013 4:45 PM

    When’s the last time you saw this team freeze the defense with a Play-Action?

    That’s right!

    Never!!!!

  62. sdotbull says: Oct 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    as a life long phins fan living in bills country i must say this season hasn’t gone as planned. what hurts me the most is that id give anything to go to the games each week, but i look on tv and the stadium is empty. what about the 12th man? we’ve become the laughing stock of nfl. to many matters worst our horrid offensive line has allowed our “franchise” qb to be mutilated and probably stunted the growth of his development faster then a pregnent chick drinking moonshine. then this week we learn that argubly our best lineman pouncy is probably going down with hernandez and then the so call reason why we let jake long walk, leaves team because he was being picked on. now i say long play monday and i think we made right decision letting him walk, but this martin cat is a joke. lineman supposed to be tough and this guy cant handle a joke. i just hope we don’t get embarressed tonight, this season is really quickly going down the drain and its sad. from kellers injury, to mike wallace’s drops, shermans play calling, empty stadiums, not playin jordan enough, tannehill getting killed i cant possible see how ireland keeps his job. sorry for the rant, just a frustrated phins fan.

  63. saintsfire says: Oct 31, 2013 5:00 PM

    3rd down and goal on 1 inch line
    QB sneak? noooooo! a pass

    dunno how many of these I seen also
    2nd and inches pass! yea ok I can see that sometimes
    incomplete!
    3rd and inches pass!
    sack!

    Incognito is right they should have ran the damn ball, until the offense gets a reputation for picking up 2nd and short and 3rd and short with a ground game.
    No way to do that when the play caller dials up pass pass pass in short yardage situations every darn time.

    I noticed this all by myself watching at home and incognito is right.

    It’s a crying shame tannehill doesn’t have the experience yet or the go ahead from coach to audible.

    Last thing the plays are taking too long coming in from the sidelines.

  64. djscottyb says: Oct 31, 2013 5:15 PM

    Sherman is a likeable guy, And the fact he came along to help Tannehill definitely helped out our QB.

    BUT…
    Zone Blocking schemes suck!!
    Not once have we you seen or heard anything good about our OL. Or about our OFF coaches adjusting
    That above all else with help fix somethings like our ability to run harder than a fat kid chasing an ice cream truck! The ability to keep Tannehill from being a CSI:Miami body specimen will help aspects of the game – maybe help Sherman find his groove – cause right now his play calling is like a bad Dj mix on Soundcloud. Train wreck choices, things that shouldn’t be played, no flow.

  65. mistrezzrachael says: Oct 31, 2013 5:15 PM

    thecheatingpatriot says: Oct 31, 2013 3:17 PM

    The Jets are the class of the AFC East.

    Wow, son, drugs are a really bad thing, really bad.

  66. boiler72 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:20 PM

    Sherman’s greatest asset in Green Bay was the screen game to Ahman Green – that was all his idea and it was some bread and butter stuff. But he kissed Favre’s ass way too much. Every time Favre tossed another season-ending sandbag in the air, Sherman just shrugged his shoulders and let it slide, every time. That was a huge problem.

  67. kindbass says: Oct 31, 2013 5:34 PM

    Maybe, just maybe, the Pats made some adjustments at halftime to gear against the run?

    Wouldn’t be the first time someone got out-coached by Belichick and it won’t be the last.

  68. sallust99 says: Oct 31, 2013 5:36 PM

    Does anyone actually think Tannenhill was a better college football qb than Johnny Football?

    Come on Man.

    And do yourself a favor and see who else Sherman had riding the pine.

    The list is long and distinguished.

    Facts are stubborn things.

    Finally, he needed less than half a yard at midfield to keep the ball and beat the eagles in the playoffs – he punted. Why?

    Because that is what losers do – they punt.

    Winners get the half yard and win the damn game because you play to win the game.

  69. farvite says: Oct 31, 2013 5:36 PM

    This seems to be missing a je ne sais Favre….

  70. axespray says: Oct 31, 2013 6:05 PM

    The dude is all the worst elements of Sean Payton/Mike McCarthy/Andy Reid….

    He calls for deep passes on short yardage – he runs draw plays against eight in the box – he gets pass happy when the opposing team can’t stop the run…etc.

  71. toolkien says: Oct 31, 2013 6:18 PM

    Most of these quotes about Sherman’s Packer days are B.S.
    Sherman did a very credible job as coach, it was his role as GM in selecting players that was poor.
    He used the screen play to perfection in GB. They lost the “4th and 26″ game to Philadelphia because Nick Barnett, who was a rookie, was out of position.
    Barring that one play, their path to the SuperBowl was only through Carolina, and odds were good.
    Never underestimate the failure of “haters” to check the facts.
    ———————————–

    Of course it’s also a FACT that the Packers, who had rushed for over 200 yards against the Eagles in that 4-26 game, only had to gain half a yard with 2:30 left to go, and if obtained, would have forced the Eagles to burn their final timeouts. Instead, Sherman took a five yard delay penalty only to have his punter punt it into the endzone (that he “fixed” later as GM by trading up for a punter who never played). And so, overall, a net 21 yard difference if they had gone for it and failed. Also, it is known that Sherman waived off any sort of blitz by Ed Donatell on the 4-26 play that ensued by not going for the first down earlier, and Sherman as COACH then scapegoated Donatell after the season and hired Slowik and the Packers D plunged to the bottom of the NFL in 2004.

    Sherman, as a head coach at the NFL and NCAA level has a +16 win margin, which looks good until you realize that the Packers went 12-4 in 2001 and 2002 with Brett Favre still playing well and teams assembled by Ron Wolf as GM. THAT is the +16 difference, otherwise is exactly .500 as The Man at any level, with a poor NFL playoff record and zero NCAA bowl wins. And now he’s apparently in a tailspin as just an OC in Miami. I have always been more than willing to concede that maybe Sherman’s highwater mark was as an OC, as he did well in 2004 replacing his special buddy Rossely for 6 weeks calling the plays, but now this calls even that into question.

    And, in general, if Sherman was so great, then why were his only other nibbles for HC’ing in the NFL Arizona and Buffalo when there has been several coaching changes since his firing and so many teams using WCO theories? He all but had the Arizona job but Bubble Buns demanded too much money and they told him to take a long walk off a short pier. And the only other nibble was the Buffalo job a few years ago, which he got aced out of by first ballot coaching HOFer Dick “Ferret Face” Jauron! His “credible” job with Green Bay didn’t exactly have the offers rolling in.

  72. promickey says: Oct 31, 2013 6:26 PM

    The Dolphins have General Manager Jeff Ireland who was hired by dinosaur Bill Parcells. Now they have a OC who was washed up as a college coach trying to call plays in the NFL. He should be retired on a beach in the Caribbean.

  73. Paul M. says: Oct 31, 2013 6:33 PM

    You guys have me reminiscing about the good old days when Packer playoff losses were close games instead of humiliation blow outs like today.

  74. laxcoach37 says: Oct 31, 2013 6:41 PM

    Yeah the Sherman thing made sesnse to every Dolphin fan during the Saints game and on.

    However, Incognito has guts. To call this out with his named being cited is not Cancer! He is a Pro Bowl player on a very young team with little Leadership. I seriously doubt ANY of you would say anything to his face. Amazing how anonymously brave you all are. Heck, half of you never played actual football and I am sure less than 5% played College. Give it a rest already.

  75. themagicfanguy says: Oct 31, 2013 8:00 PM

    Fire Sherman and let Philbin call the plays, problem solved.

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