Monday, September 10, 2007

Well, they *were* undefeated...

...until 12:59 and 59 seconds. But, then, they had to go out and actually play the game and the results weren't quite as good.

* Miami scored a paltry 13 points.
* They had three plays over 20 yards: a catch by Chambers for 23 yards, a catch and run for 28 by Chambers, and a catch and run by Chatman for 22.
* Miami might just lead the league in dropped passes
* When it counted, Miami's defense let them down
* Miami couldn't overcome a bad effort by Jason Campbell, where he threw two picks
* There were issues with clock management and movement before the snap (ie, discipline)

By the way, here's what I wrote after the Phins opening loss last season at Pittsburgh, with a few edits:

I was looking forward to the season finally getting started. And the Phins had a date to dance with the [champ] a competitive team on opening [night] weekend, no less! Wow, talk about what could be a great start to a season.

And, instead, I was underwhelmed. The Dolphins underperformed for about a quarter, and then played a decent half between the 2nd and 3rd quarters, matching the [Steelers] Redskins performance, and NEARLY taking the lead.

...and then came the 4th quarter. Early on, Miami allowed a [long] TD (see my post about that topic!), followed by [an interception, and then an interception for a TD.] some other stuff.

I admit, it wasn't all *that* bad. It was simply an implosion in a quarter of a big game. Kind of like the way they played against the Browns last season, but shorter (the Browns game was the entire game) and on a bigger stage.

I can only hope that they learn from this and move on.

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