The Dolphins entered tonight’s game with at least some hope to save face this season and still finish wish a respectable record at the end of the season.
By the end of the night, all hope was seemingly sucked out of all of the Dol-Fans worldwide for the rest of the season.
And honestly, who can blame anyone for thinking anything else than that? What has this team showed us besides they can talk a big game, but fail to show up on Sundays? Sure, both units have shown glimpses over time, but over a full four quarters, have failed to look significant whatsoever.
This game was one of the more forgettable ones in the Dolphins-Jets rivalry, especially since the Dolphins failed to score a touchdown, and the Jets looked just as bad much throughout the game.
But the difference between a bad team, and a good one, is the good ones pop out of their shell and make plays when they count. The Dolphins just happen to be an all-around bad team this year. Whether it’s both coordinators, or the players, or the general manager and head coach, everything about our team stinks this year, and one player in the draft won’t completely fix the problems that this team possesses.
The Dolphins failed to generate much of anything on the offensive side of the ball after the first play of the game where running back Reggie Bush rushed for a 36 yard gain. He left the game early with a neck injury and finished the night with 71 yards on 10 attempts.
Much has been said of the Dolphins misuse of Bush thus far this season, and tonight rookie Daniel Thomas was used more in the red-zone, and on short yardage situations, which allowed Bush more success tonight than he has had the rest of the season, as well as Thomas getting a chance to make himself a niche with this team as a red-zone option.
But again, the futility of this team was just too much, and it showed in a big way tonight. The Dolphins failed to convert any of their red-zone opportunities throughout the night, finishing 0-4, and improving to a disgusting 6-18 on the season. But hey, Tony Sparano will still give a fist pump if he can come away with a field goal.
A big part of the red-zone woes were the drops by the self-proclaimed “Monster” Brandon Marshall. Marshall dropped two passes that would have been touchdowns, and ran out of bounds on another play that would have resulted in a touchdown as well. For someone who predicted a breakout game for himself, one would have thought he was having a negative impact on purpose, and the guy finished with 109 yards on 6 catches! Only in Miami does a guy post 100+ receiving yards and still manage to have a bad influence on the team.
We all now know why Matt Moore did not beat out Henne for the starting job in training camp; the guy cannot read the field. Twice in the first quarter alone he missed wide open receivers, one that would have resulted in a third down coversion, and another a touchdown. This guy’s an NFL quarterback, and still can’t find the open guys? C’Mon Man!
I continue to wonder why the Dolphins repeatedly run the ball behind the right side of the offensive line, because it’s not getting them anywhere at all. The left side of the line is solid, Jake Long seems to still be hurt, giving up his fifth sack of the season tonight, but the left side of the line is something we can build on. The right side is just plain disappointing.
On the defensive side of the ball, throughout the first half the Jets were shutdown. The Jets didn’t get a first down until their second to last drive of the first half. The Jets only scored one offensive touchdown the whole first half. And all of this was coming without a pass rush. The Dolphins recorded two sacks on the night, but the front seven was again ineffective rushing the passer.
In the second half, the defense collapsed, summing up the statement that Mike Nolan gave to the media, “This defense just doesn’t play well in the second half”.
Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez was doing what he pleased in the second half, throwing a touchdown pass to Santonio Holmes, and working the ball up the field at will. The Dolphins defense was mismatched, having Cameron Wake lined up against Holmes on the touchdown play, and having Kevin Burnett repeatedly get burnt by Dustin Keller. The whole defense is in a flux as of now, and with all of the unit being healthy, it’s just a matter of everything coming together, because honestly, there is nothing else left to analyze about this squad.
The Dolphins are not playing good football on both sides of the ball, and it showed tonight. The Jets exposed the Dolphins for what they were, a bad team. Miami looked like they gave up tonight. They can’t even score in the red-zone, nor match a cornerback up with the opposing teams top receiver? This isn’t the Dolphins team that we all expected to watch this year, far from it, and now the national media is really starting to run with the “Suck for Luck” motto.
The bigger question for the rest of the week will be how long Sparano will keep his job, and if he can manage to make it to the end of the season.