The play calling in the second half of the Dolphins game expressed a vote of zero confidence from the coaches. That was probably subconscious, but it points to something Buddy Nix is doing wrong.
In the winter he told the Buffalo sportswriters that he liked talking to them, but didn't like to do it in-season because he thought there should be one voice then, and it should be the head coach's voice. Why isn't he shutting up now? As the guy who hires and fires he needs to balance a desire for honesty with the ability to not kill his current employees. What he is saying about getting a new quarterback helps NOBODY in his organization. Everyone knows it's something he wants. He doesn't have to keep saying it. That sort of talk gets into the subconscious of a playcaller, and he will limit his calls because he doesn't want to put the team in the position of trusting the guy who the boss doesn't trust. It only hurts production. Don't do it, ya dumbass. You went into the season saying it is on Fitz, let it be on Fitz. Don't start predicting the team's demise after 8 games,, ya dumbass. Your tough stretch was weeks 2-8. Didn't do great, but also didn't do horrible.The end of the year, with the exception of Indy now looking tougher than at first expected, still looks good from a matchup perspective. Defensive Coordinator aside, the team is good enough to win the rest of them. Seriously, it is. Stop publicly questioning them. They have had that treatment for years, and it has time and again proven unhelpful. A Patriots team that is veteran, and accustomed to winning, could be motivated by it. Kids like these need to be scared privately and stroked publicly. Worked on Sheppard and Dareus a couple weeks ago (those are the guys Kelsay was talking about.)
Grow a real pair, Buddy, and play it out like you weren't blowing smoke in the summer. It helps everyone if you do it that way.