By now we’re all aware of the soap opera taking place within the Miami Dolphins’ locker room and their organization as a whole with the Jonathan Martin–Richie Incognito saga. It appears that nearly everyone in a position of authority could be standing in the unemployment line at season’s end due to the catch phrase more typically used by the NCAA: “Lack of institutional control.”
Despite the fact that Miami appears to be in complete disarray and freefalling currently, there are still games left to be played in the 2013 season. Actually the Dolphins remain very much a part of the playoff race just like their opponents in Week 11 in the San Diego Chargers. This battle between 4-5 squads is essentially an elimination game in the race to the postseason, and the Chargers have to bring their utmost focus to this contest in South Beach.
Just because things appear to be on the edge of spiraling out of control doesn’t mean the Bolts won’t have to come out and execute a sound game plan to get a win on Sunday. Sometimes teams can use ongoing incidents like these as a rallying cry to bring out the best in their squad and come together for inspirational purposes. The Chargers have to avoid the tides of emotion that could come from the Dolphins and bring a fundamentally sound plan to the table to take down this team in crisis.
Head coach Mike McCoy knows what it’s like to lead a team that needs some direction and poise. After his Bolts blew a three-touchdown fourth quarter lead to the Houston Texans in Week 1, adversity hit hard in his inaugural campaign. McCoy knows the type of motivation that Miami coach Joe Philbin will be using to get his guys to rally around one another as McCoy did with his Bolts to take down the Philadelphia Eagles in a critical Week 2 battle following that opening week disappointment. That knowledge will help him in having his guys prepared for what may come from the Miami players and just how they can combat that wave of impetus.
Instead of allowing the Dolphins to dictate the way this game will play out, San Diego has to assert itself and force Miami onto its heels early. That type of dominating push will aid the Chargers’ cause when it comes to getting the already downtrodden players even more divided and off the task at hand.
In the end this game will be a battle of wills on Sunday much more so than any regular contest. The psychological aspect of this tilt will be much more evident than on-field X’s and O’s. If the Chargers can come out and make the Dolphins know that they are in for a battle on Sunday, perhaps the strain of dealing with controversy from the past week will give the Bolts a much-needed victory.