The Miami Dolphins are having one of “those seasons,” and things don’t appear to be getting better anytime soon. Sunday’s loss to the Texans was compounded by the fact they lost starting quarterback Trent Green to a concussion, a concussion that may force the quarterback that was supposed to lead the Dolphins back into contention this season to retire. For now, Cleo Lemon, who actually challenged Green in the preseason, will be the starter, as for the future of the QB spot in Miami? That’s anyone’s guess.
The Dolphins first mistake under new coach Cam Cameron took place in April, when instead of taking QB Brady Quinn with the 9th pick in the draft, they instead went with Ohio State fragile wide out Ted Ginn Jr., who to date has been just a little more than invisible in a Dolphins offense that was expected to have him play quite a bit in the 2007 season. How ironic is it that it was a reverse play to Ginn that Green got hurt on Sunday?
The team is aging on defense, the run defense has worn down at times, and two weeks ago allowed the Raiders to look like Packers of the 60’s. This week the run defense was better, but it was Texans QB Matt Schaub who made the plays when he had to, especially in a drive that saw the Texans drive from their own 3 to get into range to allow Kris Brown to try and hit a 57-yard field goal to win the game.
The one bright spot for the Fins has been the running of Ronnie Brown, who had over 200 total yards two weeks ago vs the Raiders, and this past week against the Texans again went over 100 yards and scored. He has been back to the form of what Miami thought they were getting when they took him high in the draft in the first round three seasons ago. The offensive line in turn has also played well in blocking for Brown.
Nevertheless, Miami sits at 0-5, and now with Lemon in there as the starter they have to go on the road Sunday and play a Browns team that at 2-3 has played better than a lot of people thought. The level of wins has been lowered in Miami, as frustration has now been replaced with the theme of “giving effort” and “doing our best.” If Green cannot return in 2007, it’s just another stroke of bad luck, some that the team has created for itself, and some from the Football Gods that have struck this team with what is turning into a nightmare 2007.