If your football rooting interest is chaos then tonight will be a treat. For everyone else, there’s always drinking and fantasy implications – by which I mean, you have Vincent Jackson.
On one side is the last winless NFL team of the 2013 season, led by a hated and doomed head coach, along with a laughably incompetent and similarly doomed defensive coordinator. They’ll play before a home crowd with scores of “Fire Schiano” signs with fans who will erupt in support of Jon Gruden when he’s shown on the big screen in Raymond James Stadium.
Facing those Bucs is a Dolphins team that had whatever encouragement they got from a critical win on Thursday night two weeks ago negated by the ongoing Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin controversy. Whatever comes out of that is to be determined, but for now, Miami loses two starters on an offensive line that wasn’t playing terribly well to begin with.
Ryan Tannehill has been sacked 35 times in eight games, already matching the total from 16 starts in 2012. With the expectation of even more pressure, there won’t be much time to try for Mike Wallace down the field, meaning expect a wealth of screens from Miami along with the run.
For all the jokes about Mike Glennon’s resemblance to the kid from Gummo, his play has been improving. I dare say he actually played decent in the team’s loss in Seattle last week. With Muscle Hamster done for the year, Mike James is slated as his replacement. He went off for 158 yards on 28 carries against the Seahawks. So it’s not like even before the losses on the Dolphins offensive line that the Bucs couldn’t pull the upset. The team always had talent; it’s just the bad coaching that has got in the way.