In a day where the Dolphins embarrassed themselves by hosting a “Gator Day” in honor of the 2008 Florida Gators National Championship team, they may have put in an even more embarrassing effort on the field, when one thought it just couldn’t get any worse.
Tim Tebow and the Broncos offense failed to muster anything that even resembled a drive much throughout the first 3 1/2 quarters of todays game.
Then, slowly but surely, the Miami Dolphins futility struck, and their true colors finally showed.
It was not that Tebow had a bad day, and finally picked things up, he truly is a bad quarterback. It was the fact that the Dolphins defense finally found yet another way to lose the ball game.
Just when you thought the Dolphins finally had a win in the bag, with a 15 point lead with only 5:23 left in the game, they managed to literally fumble the game away.
A quick touchdown pass from Tebow with 2:39 left, a fumbled onside kick by Marlon Moore, followed by yet another Tebow touchdown pass, capped off by a QB draw on the ensuing two-point conversion took the game into overtime. Denver now had all of the momentum on their side, but when the Dolphins forced them to go three and out, things appeared to be looking up for Miami. Then Marc Colombo showed exactly why he was released by the Dallas Cowboys.
Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams sacked Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore and recovered his own forced fumble to give the Broncos the ball on the Miami 36 with all the time in the world left in overtime. Only three plays later, kicker Matt Prater threw the final haymaker and K.O.’d the Dolphins with a 52 yard field goal. Prater had missed his previous two attempts earlier in the game.
This game yet again summed up the whole Sparano regime. Wasted timeouts, poor strategy, poor execution, poor in game coaching, and a poor result.
Reports surfaced earlier in the week that if Sparano failed to win this week against Denver, that his job could be in serious jeopardy. Despite the unanswered question of who would take over for Sparano in the case of his departure, the time may be near for him to step down. Whatever this guy is doing it just isn’t working. He seems to be allergic to his timeouts, doesn’t seem to know how to handle all of the crucial game situations, and can’t seem to get his players to perform up to their mediocre potential that we all saw in them before the season.
This is bad folks. Real bad.
The coaches can’t get their acts together, and neither can the players. The best example is Jason Taylor. The man obviously puts in the time to be a great player this late into his career. The desire is still there in his eyes. You can smell the motivation stemming from his media sessions. He wants to win with this Dolphins team. He thought it would be completely different this year. But no matter how hard he tries, he has only managed to record 4 tackles and 1 sack.
We are discussing the best pass rusher of the past decade. Taylor has consistently found a way to stay on top of his game and find ways to will the Dolphins defense to a stop. But not this time. The man has lost the upper hand that he has had much of his career. He just cannot be more than a solid backup in the league. He doesn’t possess an advantage over his competition anymore. The same can be said for much of the Dolphins roster. They are overmatched. They consistently get out played by their opponents, and that comes as a surprise looking at our roster and how much talent should be stemming from it.
Brandon Marshall? Drops passes like they’re hot. Chad Henne? Hurt. Matt Moore? Can’t read the whole field or make a difference for a team. Cameron Wake? Can’t dominate by himself anymore, the man needs help. Sean Smith? Is just an unlucky player that cannot come away with turnovers. Reggie Bush? Not used correctly, and isn’t put in situations where he can succeed.
The list could go on, and that is what is scary. Today showed yet again the team needs a completely revamped front office and coaching staff. The team looked embarrassingly out coached today by John Fox! Yeah, I’ll say that again, the Dolphins were out coached by John Fox.
This team does not have a clue. The defense got to Tim Tebow 7 times today, but when the going got tough, they couldn’t get to the passer to save their lives. They just can’t perform in crunchtime.
The players do not want to lose. Winning is the only thing on their mind. Performing at a high level is what drives them these days. So to say that the players are blowing the games on purpose would be the furthest thing from the truth. But something is not right here. This is the second lead that the Dolphins have blown in the fourth quarter this year, to the Browns, and now to the Broncos.
Today’s game was a sloppy one, but the win looked to be in the bag up until the Broncos made a Tebow led comeback. Miami is in serious trouble, and Sparano may indeed be gone by the end of tomorrow. Only time will tell. The question of the day transformed for me from “How many wins can the Dolphins come away with this season?”, to “Can the Dolphins even win one game this season?”. After the 2007 season, I never thought I would ever utter those words again.