This one was a heartbreaker. The Dolphins came back from an 18 point deficit, and pushed the Tennessee Titans into overtime, before losing in the end.
With the loss, the Dolphins playoff hopes are now on “life support” as some Dolphins reporters described it today after the game.
These are the types of games that we have been seeing all year long. The Dolphins play every team tough, only to lose a heartbreaker at the end of the game.
Quarterback Chad Henne had yet another career day, throwing for 349 yards, over 29/46 day. Henne threw for 1 touchdown, and 3 interceptions, two of those that really hit the Dolphins hard.
The Dolphins hung tough the whole game, but in the end, it was stupid, and at some points in the game, “ghost” penalties, that did the Dolphins in.
The Dolphins had a total of 8 penalties called against them for a grand total of 60 whopping yards.
Two of those penalties came on defensive tackle Paul Solia for defensive holding. How can defensive holding even happen. Both times the zebras threw the flag on Solia, Solia did next to nothing to deserve the call.
The Dolphins were also called for a bogus unnecessary roughness penalty in overtime coming after the Chad Henne interception to basically seal the deal for the Titans.
While Camarillo could have been a little gentler with the touch on the interceptor, you have to understand that Camarillo was running full burst, and part of the force going into that “penalty” is Camarillo’s momentum. If Camarillo wanted to tackle Michael Griffin, he would have.
“I was just told it was a late hit. There was no whistle, the man’s down, all his teammates are telling him to get up. I think he starts getting up. Either get him down or knock the ball out. Those are my intentions. It’s a physical game. It’s been a physical game the whole time. Trying to make a physical play. That’s what they called. That’s how it goes.”
Camarillo’s comments make these ref look even worse than they already did!
At certain points in the game, it looked like the referee’s had their own personal agenda’s! A play that almost confirms my theory is on 3rd and 12, in overtime, Titans ball. They are simply getting the ball closer for Rob Bironas.
Vince Young hands the ball off to Chris Johnson. Johnson gets stuffed, there is a pile dwarfing Johnson at the line of scrimmage, Johnson is still moving the pile though, the ball is out almost a split second before the whistle’s are blown. Jason Taylor recovers the ball, and would have returned the fumble for a game winning touchdown.
The referee’s on the field ruled the ball dead, and still Titans ball.
Now you would think that these refs would have some common sense, and make sure that they got the play right. After all, there was a pile around Johnson, so how can they be sure when the ball came loose?
Can you guess what happened next? The guys in white and black denied to replay the call, and in turn, screwed the Dolphins, and their playoff chances over.
JT had some comments for the refs after the game:
“I saw in the first half a couple of times when Ricky Williams was running the ball and it looked like we were playing rugby. They were tagging him for five, six, seven seconds and we quick whistle at the end of the game. the ball’s out. The game’s on the line. It was a quick whistle. The guy’s still running. He did it throughout the game, too. There were times when he was in the pile and kept driving his feet and was moving the pile or trying to bounce out of there. Anybody’s who’s watched Chris Johnson the last 15-16 weeks has seen him come out of those things. That’s why you keep playing. Kept clawing at the ball there. That obviously could have been a very big play.”
Taylor’s words are exactly right, and indicate something is up with these referee’s. They did terrible, and botched several crucial calls in some of the most crucial times.
Now it is I guess the Dolphins fault for even putting themselves in position to have the referee’s decide the outcome of the game, but this quote pretty much sums the game up:
“It’s hard enough to beat 11 Titans,” Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said after the game. “You can’t beat 17 Titans. Put that on your sheet.”
The Dolphins hurt themselves early on when they let 3 Vince Young passing touchdowns, 2 of them to Justin Gage, occur.
All three of those td’s should have never happened, but the secondary let them slip through.
Vontae Davis had a rough day after coming up with an amazing interception on the Titans first drive.
At times, Gibril “Smeagol” Wilson was leaving the rookie on an island, which is not the smartest thing to do in this league, and the Dolphins defense paid for it.
You have to remember that our corners are still rookies, and can’t be totally trusted to be left on an island for the whole game. Big plays are bound to happen, and that was one of the deciding factors in this game as well.
Some of the lessons that us fans learned this game was that some of the needs that the Dolphins desperately crave right now are; a big time receiver, a homerun threat like Chris Johnson, and this may be the biggest need of all, some experience for our young players.
There is no doubt in my mind if we played the same game next year, that Henne does NOT throw some of those interceptions, that Henne does NOT lose this game, and that Henne DOES make some of those passes.
Henne will be a complete player in only a few short years, but for now, all this kid needs is some experience, and he will be golden.
Keep your heads high Dolphins, you guys didn’t lose to the Titans today, you lost to the Zebras, who thought like zebras today as well.