It was the same old tune the Dolphins were dancing to at home on Sunday. You know, the Dolphins have a game in their own friendly confines of Sun Life Stadium, with it only halfway filled, playing spotty football, and losing yet another home game. Oh yeah, and they failed to finally beat the Houston Texans, falling 0-6 against them all time.
When will all of this end?
The final score was 23-13, but the game seemed much closer all the way until the Dolphins went four and out on their last drive.
With the big storylines from the game coming not from the inconsistent passing game, nor the ability to score off a field goal, but the continued red-zone woes, Miami could soon be ready for panic mode yet again.
Four times the Dolphins offense found themselves inside the red-zone, and three times they came away empty, with a field goal getting blocked, and missing the uprights completely, and then having to settle for a field goal after Henne couldn’t complete a pass to Marshall in the back of the endzone.
This is now the second straight game in which the Dolphins couldn’t come away with touchdowns in the redzone, and it was the second straight game that it was those same missed opportunities ended up being the deciding factor in the game.
Throughout the whole game the Dolphins were erratic inevery facet of the game, whether it was the passing game in some spots, the run defense in the middle quarters, the red zone offense, the secondary miscommunications. You name it, it happened in this game, with the Dolphins even looking flat and uninspired at times as well.
Coach Tony Sparano said after the game, he “doesn’t have any answers” for the Dolphins woes so far this season.
Linebacker Jason Taylor also gave the public a look inside the minds of some of the players when stating, “I’m not sure we all understand the magnitude of what we’re trying to do here and what’s at stake,” he said. “If you can’t get it, get out of the way, we’ll get somebody that will.”
After Henne threw for only 170 yards on a 12-30 day, along with a touchdown and interception, it would have to be the defense that held the Texans offense within striking distance, but 23 points just didn’t cut it today, and frankly, with the often erratic play that this team showed, this might be the closest Miami gets to beating a quality team.
Think about this, rookie Daniel Thomas steals the show, gives the offense a 107 yard performance on only 18 carries. This limits the amount of touches starter Reggie Bush gets in the game, but I’m fine with this. With the running game providing a spark, the offense couldn’t get the passing game going, with either receivers dropping balls, or Henne mis placing his throws.
Then when the Fins do fail to convert on goal to go situations, our special teams can’t get the job done on two out of three field goal chances. That’s a grand total of six points left on the field my friends.
It is these types of inconsistencies that will hinder the Dolphins ability to win games on a regular basis until they can figure things out.
With both defensive standouts, Karlos Dansby and Vontae Davis leaving the game due to groin and hamstring injuries respectively, the Dolphins could have a few problems on their hands, with the team already lacking depth so as it is.
So far the theme this season has been the offense looking to attack the defense and control the pace of the game, but they have been held back by their ineffiency inside the red zone. Until the Dolphins can find a way to score touchdowns, they will never reach their full potential, or get close for that matter. The defense held Texans quarterback Matt Schaub to 230 yards and two touchdowns, compared to the 500 yards that Tom Brady threw for last week.
The team has a lot to accomplish this week. They go on the road to face of against the Cleveland Browns next week, and coming away with a win will be of the utmos importance. But if they fail, then look for panic mode to arise in Miami.