Sunday, November 09, 2014

This Was A Tough One...

What a tough loss. The offense struggled most of the day and fizzled out in the red zone. Ryan Tannehill threw a horrible interception in the red zone early in the game. With all that being said, we still had a chance to win it but failed by just a few first downs and we would never have given the ball back to Detroit. I enjoyed watching this game. It was very entertaining and exciting. I liked the fact that the Dolphins battled and stayed in it even though the offense struggled all day. That is the sign of a good team, not great, but good. 

The bad news? I don't think being a good team will be enough to make it in the playoffs this year. What makes this loss sting so much more is the fact that Buffalo, Cincinnati , and Pittsburgh all lost today. This was a golden opportunity to separate ourselves from the pack a little bit and it didn't happen. 

Truth is I am pretty happy with the way Miami played today. I never expected them to win, but they did play better than I expected. Miami seems to have a bad habit of struggling against teams that have really good front 7's. With that being said, I don't expect them to beat Buffalo on Thursday either, especially with Brandon Albert out for the year and Cortland Finnegan most likely not suiting up.

This team is so close to being great that I think all of us can taste it, but they are not there yet. I will say that Tannehill has been playing a lot better as of late but he can do better I think. They are missing a few things. The deep ball game does not exist. The killer instinct does not exist. Depth at a few positions can be improved. In my opinion, we could use an upgrade at RB and it wouldn't hurt to have a big physical receiver who can win the jump ball, maybe then the timing won't have to be perfect with Wallace to connect on a few deep balls.

This team is close, really close. It is gonna take a few upsets to make the playoffs this year, like sweeping the Jets, beating the Ravens, and another win in Foxborough won't hurt either. I personally don't think Miami will make the playoffs this year, but if they do it's going to take near perfection...
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Yes, a tough loss is an understatement. I called the blocked field goal (like lloyd Miumpford used to execute) and was confident we could pull this one out. It came down to our final possession and again it was three and out. This gave them the opportunity to move down and score which they did. I am terribly upset as we have become used to losing like this. I have to continue being optimistic and will not give up like a lot of my dolphin fans calling me and giving me shit for Being positive about this team. Many fans have already given up AGAIN but I will not! Jeesh give me a break team and show us some consistency and quit disappointing the fan base.

Forever faithful! Joe

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Close? Close? I watched the game today and was thoroughly disappointed, this team is light years away from being competitive. When we need to make big plays we continuously fail, when we need a stop we rarely get one, so, as I said, as much as it pains me to say so being a lifelong Dolphin fan this team is a mirror of last years team, an occasional glimpse of what could be only to be jolted back to reality with a poorly coached and an offense that for whatever reason fails to show up in the first half.

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Losing Albert is a big loss. Even with him knocked out and the Online shuffled around, they played well enough to move the ball against the number 1 defense in the league. Unfortunately we couldn't punch it in on or get a first down late.

With all the other teams losing we are still in the hunt and can beat anybody left on our schedule. Detroit on the road after a bye was no easy game and we held the lead until...

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@ david6660:

As I said on another post, Samson Satele said it best after the loss:

"When we don't play a complete game, this happens to us every time. We have to start and finish better"

This team does not have a lead dog on offense. We have nobody to depend on to get a few first downs when we need them. Russell Wilson don't have great receivers but he still can be depended on for a few first downs. We don't have an alpha receiver or RB. No player like Jimmy Graham. Everything has to go perfect from start to finish for this team to win. They are not built to dig themselves out of a hole. That has became pretty obvious this year...

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Dave...we fell behind 10-0 and battled back to take the lead but lost with .29 on the clock. I have no idea what you consider being competitive because it sure looked to me like we can compete.

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@Lawrence,
Hear ya' & with ya!! This team is good, has gumption! Thursday Night is the game of the year for us!! Hopefully the quitters won't be around.

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Thanks KNick! It's gonna get interesting real fast!!

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1. The Charles Clay drop in the end zone.
2. The lack of pressure by the D-Line in the final drive.
3. Philbin calling timeouts rather then putting Detroit against the clock - which would have likely forced overtime.

This team is very good, and no longer mediocre, but again it fails at money time. Sure, it can win a blow out. Anything else is an L. Problem is, playoff teams don't usually get blown out. Closing out games is what separates the good teams from the great teams.

Until this team figures things out, this team is going nowhere.

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I know I watched the game, as usual no offense in the first half, this is the norm for this team, consider this if we scored even a FG in the first half we would have won, the same is true for the Green Bay game as well. So what can we deduce from this either the QB is failing or the play calling is. Either way this team is either very hot or lifeless.

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You guys can say whatever you want I have seen this year in and year out, nothing seems to change,

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The team played hard! What puzzles me is why Philbin burned three time outs ON DEFENSE, AFTER THE TWO-MINUTE WARNING and ON DETROIT'S GAME-WINNING FINAL DRIVE??? Didn't we all agree that it was wrong when the identical thing happened at the end of the GB game???

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So i just watched the game again. I noticed that Satele has a tell. Every time they are in "Ryan lifts his leg Pouncey smacks Satele and Satele hikes the ball soonish" mode Satele turns his head to the left right before he snaps the ball. It's like a dance move for him "Turn my head to the left and back, then snap the ball." WTF man it's no wonder the Lions Defense were right in the backfield so quick.