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The Dolphins Are Getting Crushed For This Defensive Play Call Before Halftime

Brian Flores speaking to the media after being named the Miami Dolphins head coach.

DAVIE, FL - FEBRUARY 04: Brian Flores speaks during a press conference as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins at Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southern University on February 4, 2019 in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)

The Miami Dolphins currently lead the Pittsburgh Steelers 14-10 at halftime. They should be up by more than that.

With 26 seconds left in the first half, the Steelers had 3rd-and-20 at the Miami 45-yard line. Dolphins head coach Brian Flores spent one of his timeouts.

When the two teams returned to the field, Flores inexplicably had dialed up a 'zero' blitz, with eight defenders rushing the quarterback. Only three players were left in the secondary, and they were futile in stopping Diontae Johnson on his way to the end zone.

Here's video of the touchdown.

Not surprisingly, Flores is getting crushed for the decision. He was criticized on the Monday Night Football broadcast and the social media reaction is even worse. Some think he called the all-out blitz with his team's 'tanking' in mind.

Whatever the inspiration was for the play call, it was bad. There's playing aggressively and playing stupidly, and that is most definitely the latter.

The second half is underway in Pittsburgh. We'll see if that late second quarter touchdown by Johnson changed the whole complexion of the game.