Dolphins struggled with footing in Baltimore

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The NFL made a point of promoting today’s “My Cause, My Cleats” day, which allowed NFL players to wear shoes with special messages on their shoes. But in Miami, there are questions about whether some players put on the wrong footwear.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase said after his team lost at Baltimore that several players fell down and that the team needs to examine whether it had the right cleats for each player.

“We have to go back and look at that, because we really can’t have that happen. We had a couple chances to make some big plays, and we’ve got guys falling down. . . . We just have to make sure that we have the right equipment,” Gase said, via Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.

Gase did not blame the special cleats, but it’s fair to wonder whether some players were wearing shoes they weren’t accustomed to, or the wrong length of cleats for the field conditions, because of the “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. One player who wore the special shoes, Jarvis Landry, changed his shoes during the game. Two other players who wore the special shoes, Andre Branch and Jay Ajayi, said they were having problems with footing, but both of them said that was the result of the field in Baltimore.

“The grass was terrible,” Branch said. “We knew that coming into the game. It’s no excuse at all. But that’s the atmosphere we played in. Those were the elements we had to work with. They played on the same surface as we did.”

Ajayi, who gained 61 yards on 12 carries, agreed.

“It was slick out there. You saw some guys sliding around,” Ajayi said. “There were definitely some people losing traction out there.”

Whether the problem was the cleats or the problem was the quality of the field surface in Baltimore, either way, it’s a problem the NFL needs to monitor.

36 responses to “Dolphins struggled with footing in Baltimore

  1. It’s gotta be the shoes…
    Players were changing out of them in a number of games due to footing issues,

  2. In a related story, Baltimore Ravens players reported that the playing surface was just fine.

  3. I’m a long time Ravens fan and this is the first I’ve heard of any field issues at The Bank. I think they got embarrassed and they are trying to save face.

    The day my Ravens can hang almost 40 points, the other team got embarrassed. This offense is the opposite of prolific.

  4. Most of the players that were changing their cleats were on the teams playing in the snowy weather games.

  5. Yeah, it was definitely the shoes or the slick playing field that made Tannehill over throw or throw behind his receivers all day.

  6. That’s not what he said at all, or even tried to imply, idiot. In fact, he was asked what he thought about the players falling down all over the place, and he simply stated that he felt some of them didn’t have the right length of cleats. Even the halftime guys were falling down.

  7. The grass was terrible,” Branch said

    are you referring to what you were playing on or what you were smoking??

  8. Problem to monitor ? Ba ha ha NFL has bigger issues including with uniforms – Miami can start by going back to their old uniforms versus the beer league softball crap they wear.

  9. You don’t get annihilated like that because of cleats. To quote the late, great Dennis Green the Dolphins “Are who we thought they were.” I watched the Ravens just attack and throw those dolphins players around like rag dolls. They’re as soft as they were in 08 when Ed Reed picked off Pennington 4 times destroying them in the playoffs. I still think the Steelers win the North considering their remaining games, but it will be fun to watch.

  10. Ever hear of the Mudbowl?
    Shula, the original Dirty Don, flooded the field to win a playoff game against the Jets. As an organization from that moment on they forfeited the right to complain about footing, in perpetuity.

  11. Oh, c’mon! What a lame excuse! The Dolphins are a lousy team and they got their butts handed to them as they usually do.
    Don’t make excuses, Dolphins. You were b-slapped today.

  12. I was at the game. The bigger question might be why the dolphins folded the tent at halftime.

  13. bjchit says:
    Dec 4, 2016 7:05 PM
    That’s not what he said at all, or even tried to imply, idiot. In fact, he was asked what he thought about the players falling down all over the place, and he simply stated that he felt some of them didn’t have the right length of cleats. Even the halftime guys were falling down.

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    The point is how did the field effect the Ravens. Tannehill didn’t suck because of the cleats

  14. Unless Don Shula did a rain dance, he did nothing to flood the field during the 1981 playoffs.

  15. bjchit says:
    Dec 4, 2016 9:00 PM

    Unless Don Shula did a rain dance, he did nothing to flood the field during the 1981 playoffs.
    —————————————————-
    That may be true but the game in question happened in the “83” playoffs, sooooooooo.

  16. Yea that bad footing the Dolphins struggle with was once again one Ryan Tannehill who toss 3 INTERCEPTION and had a Qb rating of 28.6.

    But when will some folks learn that this once Wide receiver is NOT a NFL Quarterback.
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  17. xcflqb7 says:
    Dec 4, 2016 7:28 PM
    Problem to monitor ? Ba ha ha NFL has bigger issues including with uniforms – Miami can start by going back to their old uniforms versus the beer league softball crap they wear.
    ________________

    I’m a Dolphins fan but damn this is so true lol

  18. The field did look a little rough, but the Ravens certainly did not have the same issues as the Dolphins. How did they not realize during pregame warm-ups that the cleats they were wearing weren’t sufficient?

    It just seems like a very weak excuse for an NFL team to make, considering both teams are playing with the exact same conditions.

  19. jag1959 says:
    Dec 4, 2016 7:49 PM
    Ever hear of the Mudbowl?
    Shula, the original Dirty Don, flooded the field to win a playoff game against the Jets. As an organization from that moment on they forfeited the right to complain about footing, in perpetuity.
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    Shula had nothing to do with it and was pissed that it happened. But, then again, you probably weren’t around then.

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