Dolphins saw “disrespect” in Pats running same play over and over


When two kids are playing Madden and one of them keeps using the same play (and it keeps working), the other kid eventually gets upset.

The Dolphins can relate to said upset kid.

Last Sunday, the Pats killed the clock in the fourth quarter with a 16-play drive that included 13 running plays.  Six of the running plays came through the same hole.  And the Dolphins don’t like that.

It really [ticked] me off,” defensive tackle Tony McDaniel said, via Brian Briggane of the Palm Beach Post.  “It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful.

“Normally when somebody’s driving down the field you just think, ‘Well, they just had a good run there,’ but you run the same play over and over, as a competitor that [ticks] me off.”

Teammate Randy Starks was also upset, but he was more pragmatic.

“It is disrespectful, but you’ve got to stop it,” Starks said.  “We never stopped it, so I’d keep running the same play, too.”

So would anyone with a functioning brain.

In three weeks and two days, the Dolphins get another chance to not stop the same play, over and over again, when they face the Pats in Foxboro.  Maybe Miami will think it’s less disrespectful if the Patriots actually tell them that they’re running the same play again.

Of course, even then the Dolphins may not be able to stop it.

68 responses to “Dolphins saw “disrespect” in Pats running same play over and over

  1. Kinda like the wildcat formation you beat them with 5 years ago. Ran it 72% of the time. You’re bitter cause you hit beat. It kills me that some pro athletes still can’t lose like men

  2. Is there a more overused word in the world of sports than “disrespect”?

    Why in the world would an opponent stop running a particular play when it repeatedly works?

    Disrespect? Grow up.

  3. Then they’re idiots. If a team runs a play and it works, they’re going to run it again. It’s the opponents job to stop the play. You should feel embarrassed, not disrespected.

  4. Wow, Tony McDaniel. Understand your frustration, but why point out your own failures and shortcomings? Obviously, teams prepping for the Dolphins will key in on this drive, but now they’ll know it frustrates you personally and look for you to play with less discipline.

    NFL players talk too much.

  5. If I was the Dolphins I’d be more upset with the guy responsible for that gap. How can you be mad at the team running a play over and over because it worked?

  6. Throwing hail mary’s when you’re up 40 could maybe be seen as disrespectful.

    But running the clock out late via running the football?

    Sorry, that’s just smart football. Nothing disrespectful about it.

  7. Sometimes, I wonder why more teams don’t run some of the same plays over and over when they’re obviously working.

  8. If you can’t stop it, they will keep running it. It is call FOOTBALL. Even I know that when I am playing Madden…if you can’t stop the the skinny post, I’m gong to use it until you do stop it….plain and simple.

  9. Not to mention that they ran the same play successfully behind a line missing its two starting guards,Mankins & Connelly.

    For even the Dolphins to make a statement like that shows what an embarrassment that defense felt when it couldn’t stop Ridley over and over again !

  10. How is this disrespectful? They would of just beat you with another play. Like said already, if you don’t like something then stop it. I think this is just more of the Dolphins being frustrated with how much the Pats and the rest of the NFL beat them up. Grow up and stop complaining. That’s all half these players do. Complain. Just play football and enjoy your fat checks.

  11. If you don’t want to get beat like a drum from the same play then either stop it or just give up and wall off the field. Disrespected because they ran the same play that worked every time. I’ve heard it all now.

  12. There’s a big difference between this in the Madden and a real NFL game… In Madden it’s usually exploiting a glitch in a crappy video game compared to the NFL where the opposition just sucks!

    Madden = worst console football game ever!

  13. This goes to prove one of life’s axioms

    Those who are loudest about demanding respect are usually the ones least deserving of it.

    Tony, just a heads up: In this case what you call disrespect, the rest of the world considers no-brainer play calling….

  14. Are these guys for real?
    Stop doing the same play why….because it’s working?
    “Disrespect” has reached a new low.

  15. All he did was expose his infantile reaction to getting a beat down. What an embarassment to have a guy like that on your team. A baby-huey idiot child. He probably admires Suh. I mean, “disrespect”? He disrespects himself and his team by being a crybaby punk.

  16. There are no words for how dumb this is….

    But, funny how even when the Pats are not trying to run up the score, someone still has a problem with them running right up the gut. Hilarious.

  17. I think the Patriots were just being nice. They figured if they ran the same play over and over again, eventually the Fish would figure it out, stop it, and get some confidence in themselves.

    I guess the Pats gave them more credit than they were due!

  18. Jets were pissed cause Brady was throwing the ball late in the game. These guys are pissed cause they run the ball.

    If I were Stephen Ross I’d be pissed cause the Dolphins keep losing and running to bank to cash their checks every Monday.

  19. Randy Starks hit the nail on the head, but the Pats are definitely disrespectful to opponents. Belicheck is not a classy coach, and despite what the media (pre-spygate) wanted us to believe, the Pats are not America’s franchise and are not a collection of stand up individuals.

  20. nolanwiffle says:Dec 7, 2012 3:48 PM

    Is there a more overused word in the world of sports than “disrespect”?


    Yeah, I don’t think it means what they think it means.

  21. I thought I had heard it all, but that takes the cake. The Pats “disrespected” the Dolphins by running the same play? How different is throwing continuously on a defensive that can’t cover a receiver? No wonder why the Dolphins have sucked so badly for so long.

    What a bunch of maroons…..

  22. Huge Phins fan here……..and nothing upsets me more to see one of our players make these types of comments. “I” felt disrespected…watching the Pats march down the filed on that last drive when our great defensive line let them run the ball down their throats. Stop whining…man up…and put up in two weeks when we play them again.

    I’m so used to reading Jets drama on this website….I was shocked to see a story about the Phins.

  23. In what world do these guys live in, that respect is expected and not earned? You want respect? Play the game the best you can and take your lickings like a man.

  24. I have some bad news for the Dolphins. Your next opponent, the San Francisco 49ers, are ranked No 2 in the NFL in rushing.

  25. They disrespected themselves, Dan Marino and Don Shula and the whole Miami franchise as well as the entire city of Miami the fans by being on the team and sucking and then shifting blame on their garbage play to the Patriots disrespecting them. Miami should prepare themselves for getting disrespected again in SF this weekend.

  26. You should not feel disrespected by them running the same play until you stop it. You should feel ashamed that you were not able to stop it and mad because your coaching staff could not adjust and put you in a position to stop it. The burning feeling is not one of disrespect but one of pride being removed from your soul…lmao

  27. Replace your 3-TEs with the backup tackles, best run block 1st, then 2nd best runblock, the the strongest as your 3rd TE. Play-goaline HB dive, motion the 3rd “TE” to behind the guard, hike, and run up the gut all the way down the field. I love Madden

  28. bla bla bla says:

    Gee, I wonder what will be the Pats’ first play from scrimmage in their next meeting….
    Good point. If I were in Vegas right now, instead of two weeks from now, I’d put some money on it. Second play, play-action off the same run.

    While I loathe the Patriots, particularly how they leave Brady in to run up the score, this was simply good, smart, basic football. Here we are, here we come, stop this if you can, and if you can’t, here it comes again. Too many coaches and OCs outsmart themselves instead of sticking with what the other guy clearly can’t stop.

    This was not “disrespect”. If anything, it was Coach Belichick respecting the basics of the game.

  29. To be honest, when I first read about this earlier, elsewhere, I had to double check and make sure I wasn’t reading something on The Onion. I really have no idea what these Dolphins players are bitching about.

  30. For once, only once, I actually agree with the Patriots. If a play is working over and over, and you are trying to run out the clock then I say go for it. If anything, the players on the Dolphins should be mad at the guy responsible for plugging that gap, or even just mad at themselves for not figuring it out.

  31. So instead of working on that play in practice and getting it right ,you decide to tell the press you got beat by the same play 5 times in a row ? The Fins were stopping the run all day and the Pats found something that worked and your mad? Respect is earned …..

  32. When the Cowboys beat the Bills in their second Superbowl, Jimmy Johnson called the same running play 7 straight times on a pivotal drive in the 4th quarter. I don’t think he cared whether the Bills were offended by it.

  33. “When two kids are playing Madden and one of them keeps using the same play (and it keeps working)”
    Don’t worry thou – The Guys at EA will fix that by making the Linebackers Leap 50 feet in the air – so you’ll get intercepted.

  34. I play lots of sports and its a joy when you impose your will on your opponent time and time again. Its called ramming it down your throat. If you cant stop him or her well suck it, and go kick rocks.

  35. From “Rudy”:

    Ara Parseghian: “You just summed up your entire sorry career here in one sentence! If you had a tenth of the heart of Ruettiger, you’d have made All-American by now! As it is, you just went from third team to the prep team! Get out of here! “

  36. let’s face it, bills, dolphins, jets….why even bother as long as brady’s playing? our only chance is if he gets hurt or quits.

  37. “It was disrespectful to us to run the same play over and over and be successful”.
    What culture is this kind of thinking from? Seriously, I have been to some third world countries where things like saying the dinner was good is a insult to the man of the house because his wife cooked it and you must want his wife. Iss that what the NFL is heading towards.

  38. I’m pretty sure that he got his vocabulary confused. He meant to say that it is embarrassing, not disrespectful.
    Bad enough that he has to go embaras himself on the field, now he’s doing it with his mouth as well.

  39. This is one of the most hilarious things I’ve ever read. Some of the complaints from players lately (this, the Panthers crying over Matt Ryan saying a dirty word to them after Atl won, etc) makes me sad. Regardless of the rest of the country’s being headed to namby pamby land as has been happening for years, I never thought football players would go there. Man was I wrong.

    On a related note, I heard Baldinger on playbook recently say he did a game with Carolina and Miami not that long ago (probably 09)and afterwards he went to some bar where he saw Randy McMichael there…IN FULL UNIFORM. That’s when he basically said he knew he Fins just weren’t going to win diddly squat.

  40. Our players play hard every week i give them credit for that its that they cant live with good football teams. Yea all looked good early part of season but we all knew deep down we were a bunch of bad performances waiting to happen. Every year the same thing the same Mr Average performances with the odd good and bad thrown in for good measure. I do think we could have something special at QB at last and with a little luck a good off season, next year we might put up some points which will give our defence something to work with. They do carry the team just about every week / year.

  41. Ali kept disrespecting his opponent with Jabs to the face.

    Nolan Ryan constantly disrespected batters with 100mph fastballs. I wonder if they felt more respected when he threw a “yacker” to strike them out.

  42. c’mon man…man up! no wonder y’all don’t win…evidently you change up every play even when one of them works…moron…

    how the heck did you get to the show??? not Pats “fault” you can’t or won’t do your jobs…

  43. So this article tells me that Tony McDaniel does NOT have a functioning brain. Unbelievable.. that a coach would let someone this stupid speak in public. I’ll bet you a grand this guy voted for hope and change, he thinks it’s some rich guy’s fault, and he wants restitution.

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