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Oct 12, 2021 at 2:18 PM
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Instead of a process that was repeatedly called a “collaborative effort” involving co-offensive coordinators George Godsey and Eric Studesville with quarterbacks coach Charlie Frye giving the quarterback the final word before the play, the Dolphins simplified it by having Godsey deliver the play directly.
“We kind of streamlined it a little bit. As an offense, we felt like that was the best thing to do,” said Dolphins coach Brian Flores following the game in Tampa, adding that allowing quarterback Jacoby Brissett and the players more time on the field with the play in hand was the primary motivation.
“We felt like [we could use] the couple extra seconds. We [had a] couple of shifts, motions, things like that. There was more time.”
Godsey, who doubles as the team’s tight ends coach, has the vantage point from the booth upstairs when calling plays, while Studesville and Frye are on the sideline.
“There are a lot of things I feel like I see before the snap,” said Godsey on Monday. “As much as I can communicate with those guys, especially from upstairs, I think will help them. Whether it’s breaking the huddle, communication offensively, defensively, whether we’re aligned right. I think that streamlined things a lot. I’ll leave it at that.”
Previously, Flores said the advantage of Frye being the final voice was that he could give the quarterback a final tidbit on what to look for with a certain call combined with the opponent’s defense, among other things he works directly with his position group on during the week.
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Brissett, on Sunday, said it wasn’t much of a difference for him, although he had his most consistent outing since coming in for the injured Tua Tagovailoa. Completing 27 of 39 passes for 275 yards, two touchdowns, an interception and a fumble lost, he had the offense moving before being down multiple scores late, like in his previous starts against the Las Vegas Raiders and Indianapolis Colts. This despite playing without two top targets in receivers DeVante Parker and Will Fuller.
“It was no different,” Brissett said. “The only thing was George [Godsey] was on the headset, but that was about it. It was the same type of communication that we’ve had all year.”
In addition to the potential return of the starting quarterback, Flores said the defense can do its part in helping the offense.
“We have got to play more complementary football so we have more opportunities offensively,” Flores said. “When you can’t get off the field defensively, they can’t get the ball offensively, and we just didn’t have enough possessions. I thought there were some good things. I thought we moved the ball more efficiently [Sunday]. We were on schedule a little bit more. We protected better than we had. We have some things to build off of, but we certainly need to be better.”
The Dolphins surrendered 558 yards of offense against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers, the most since the first game of the Flores era, against the Baltimore Ravens the opening weekend of the 2019 season. Miami also allowed Tampa Bay to convert 8 of 11 third-down opportunities as the Bucs won the time-of-possession battle by nearly 15 minutes.