Yesterday the Miami Dolphins suffered one of those losses that just makes you shake your head and wonder……’why me?” This time the loss hit much harder. The Dolphins had the Jets against the ropes until late in the 4th quarter, only to lose the game in overtime. Any other team wouldn’t have hit the mid section so hard, but since it was the much hated rival Jets, today just feels worse.
Much can be said as to who should take most of the blame for the loss. Was it the play calling by Mike Sherman? Was it the clock management of Joe Philbin? Should he have just taken a knee late in the second quarter instead of running the ball and having Reggie Bush get knocked out of the game? Would we be talking about any of this is Dan Carpenter made either one of the two field goals he missed? Here’s my take on this, and who should take more of the blame.
Let’s start with the play calling. I can’t believe how much of an issue this has become within the Dolphin fan base. I can remember numerous occasions during the Sparano era when he would take a knee late in halves and get completely booed! Now, we have a coach that is taking more chances and he’s getting blamed for not being conservative! Are you kidding me? I would much rather try and score more points than take a knee any day of the week, especially on Sundays. Also, when it was evident that Miami was in field goal range late in the game and in overtime, instead of sitting on the ball and running it, Sherman threw it to go for the win. This is the kind of attitude I want my coach to have each and every time out.
Now let’s take a look at running Reggie Bush instead of throwing the ball down field. Did you know that Bush was averaging more per rush at that point in the game than Tannehill was averaging per pass? The big play potential was greater for Bush than it was for Tannehill, that’s why he ran the ball. Players get hurt all the time, no matter what. No one hit Revis yesterday, and he went out for the year with a torn ACL. Was that anyone’s fault? No! Philbin taking blame for Bush getting knocked out is a little far fetched for me. You can’t blame a coach in that situation. IF he would have taken a knee, he would have been called too conservative. If he threw it and it ended up getting picked, then he would have taken heat for that too.
I hate to pin something on one particular player, but if Dan Carpenter makes those kicks we aren’t having any of these conversations today. He is one of the best kickers in the league, but he missed those kicks and it cost the Dolphins a win. Should we hang him for that? No! Remember, this team is more concerned about the development of Ryan Tannehill this season over anything else, whether you believe that or not. I really like what I saw from him. He wasn’t able to move the ball through the air all game until late in the 4th quarter and in overtime when it counted. He showed he has it in him to be one of those killer quarterbacks. The team didn’t get the job done, but Tannehill put them in position to win, and that says a lot about him. Heck, maybe we shouldn’t be killing Carpenter today, if Anthony Armstrong doesn’t let a ball go right through his hands on a third down, the Dolphins would have had a great chance of running out the clock and securing the win yesterday.
The bottom line is the loss completely sucked, especially since the Dolphins were winning for most of the game. I like what I saw from Tannehill when the game was on the line. I like how the offensive line didn’t give up a sack to a Jets team known for blitzing. I like how well Tannehill takes command of the line of scrimmage, he changed the play at the line a few times yesterday and put the right call out there.
This team is going to get better, but take some lumps along the way.