Patriots running the ball down Miami’s throat called ‘disrespectful’ by Dolphins
|12.07.12 at 2:21 pm ET|
Here comes another story about the Patriots “disrespecting” their opponents, only with a twist.
This complaint from the other team didn’t even come in a blowout and had nothing to do with the Patriots running up the score. It had to do with the Patriots running out the clock.
With the Patriots up just seven points and the outcome still very much in doubt, Tom Brady marched the Patriots down the field 77 yards toward the game-clinching field goal, putting them up, 23-13, with just 70 seconds left in the game.
But the star of the drive wasn’t Brady but rather running back Stevan Ridley, who ran the ball 10 times of the 16 plays on the drive. He ran for 46 yards and essentially shoved the ball right down Miami’s throat. That didn’t sit well with Miami defensive tackle Tony McDaniel.
‘It really [ticked] me off,” McDaniel told Palm Beach Post reporter Brian Biggane. “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.’
Another Dolphins defensive lineman, Randy Starks, also used the “D” word but thought it was silly to think the Patriots would do something other than what worked for them.
‘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.’
Starks and McDaniel might want to pay closer attention to the film, because while Ridley did run it 10 times, the Patriots were nice enough to vary the runs.
Ridley ran four times off left guard, twice up the middle, twice off right end, once off right tackle and once off left tackle. Shane Vereen ran once of left guard.
Maybe the Dolphins were shocked with the ease the Patriots ran the ball in the second half, considering they attempted just seven runs for 11 yards in the first half.