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Dolphins look like they already gave up on 2011

Posted on: October 18, 2011 12:14 am
Edited on: October 18, 2011 5:58 am
Posted by Will Brinson

The Jets came into Week 6 a very desperate and discombobulated team. The Dolphins, at 0-5, weren't exactly on cruise control but given that Mark Sanchez was 1-3 against Miami prior to Monday night, well, there was a chance to show some life and save Tony Sparano's job.

Rex Ryan's crew tried to give it Miami a win too, but the Dolphins refused to take it, exhibiting a slew of mistakes en route to getting beat down 24-6 in the Meadowlands in primetime.

There are excuses, of course. Teams can't prepare out of bye weeks the same way they used to. Chad Henne is done for the season. And, um, well actually that's about it. Dropped passes, a lack of a pass rush and the inability to convert in the red zone -- all things that plagued Miami on Monday night -- don't count as excuses, because those are problems.

And those problems were scattered all over the place for the Dolphins who put on a miserable performance Monday. Cameron Wake and the rest of the Dolphins front seven barely sniffed Mark Sanchez, who looked extremely shaky to start the game, and never particularly righted the ship on offense.

Credit goes to the Jets offensive line on there -- no doubt motivated by the comments from Santonio Holmes last week ... and the week before that -- because they did a fantastic job of protecting Sanchez. Nick Mangold's return to the lineup, fully healthy, clearly helps them up front.

The Dolphins wide receivers dropped close to double-digit passes that should have been catches. One in particular stands out. Brandon Marshall -- who didn't exactly back up his big talk with a big game despite catching six balls for 109 yards -- streaked towards the end zone, called for the ball with Antonio Cromartie behind him, and didn't jump up for the ball until it was far too late, giving Cromartie a chance at knocking the pass from Matt Moore down.

Moore wasn't that horrible, honestly. 16 of 34 with two picks looks terrible, but, again, the Dolphins dropped a pile of passes and he had to force balls late under heavy duress from the Jets pass rushers. Oh yes, and Marshall -- again, he was going to play like a monster! -- ran out of bounds with nary a single defender in between he and the end zone.

The red zone offense was the worst of all, though. The Dolphins settled for a 23-yard field goal early in the first quarter and got a gift when the Jets bumbled the next kickoff. Instead of points for Miami, though, it resulted in a Darrelle Revis 100-yard pick six and a complete momentum shift.

"That was huge," Rex Ryan said afterwards. "Anytime you can get a red-zone interception and turn it into points that's a huge play."

Another first-half field goal from Dan Carpenter was all the Dolphins would get on Monday and the best possible example of where this team stands might have been their decision to sit on the ball with one timeout and 30-plus seconds on the clock, down 14-6, in the first half.

Not that Miami's got a high-powered offense or anything, but come on. Run a screen to Reggie Bush. Take a shot downfield to Brandon Marshall. There are weapons for the Dolphins and they just didn't seem interested in using them.

Which kind of sums up where Miami is now. They played sloppy and looked like a team that gave up before the game really ever started. Unfortunately for Sparano, we've seen what that usually means for a head coach.

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Since: Apr 14, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 3:53 pm

Dolphins look like they already gave up on 2011

Wow.   Since 2004, this is yet another 0-5 start with another 0-6 upcoming after the 'Phins lose to the Broncos.  So now the Dolphins have the dubious distinction of an o-fer start with three different coaches, witness: 2004 Wannstedt 0-6, 2007 Cameron 0-13 and now 2011 Sparano 0-5.  Since 2004, the Dolphins have a record of 0-1 in the playoffs and WL 45-72 with only two winning seasons.  How can a team look so awful after a week off?  How could they not score a touchdown in a game after a week off?  Not only does this team lose, but it looks horrible doing it.  The season is over for the 'Phins so they should play as if they have nothing to lose.  Open up the offense, take some chances on fourth down and see who really wants to be there and who doesn't.  If the team is going to finish winless, it should play as if it were playing poker holding a full house on every hand. 
If these guys are going to continue to play turtle ball, the team should buy back the season tickets from its holders and hold tractor pulls on football Sunday.  This whole franchise is in dire straits.  What GM or head coach out there wants to take this project and try to get it back to 0.500?  The team has accepted a culture of losing and is wearing it proudly. Firing Tony may keep the wolves at bay, but the bottom line is this team stinks and it embraces mediocrity with an iron grip.

Since: Apr 26, 2009
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:36 am

Dolphins look like they already gave up on 2011

This was more of things going bad than the Dolphins giving up.  They were dominating the game early and should have been up 14-0 to start the game.  The Revis interception and run back was pass interference, this was a game winning/losing play.  It gave a New York team that hadn't been able to get anything going on offense life and took all the momentum out of the Dolphins.  It's the kind of things that happen when a team is on a bad run.  Brandon Marshall drops passes, he has his whole career and that's not going to change.  Matt Moore did a more than adequate job given the number of drops and the desperation at the end and the defense played well holding the Jets to 17 points.  There more here to be positive about than you're giving them credit for.  The pass interference gets called, the Dolphins go up 10-0 and they win the game.

Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 10:06 am

Dolphins look like they already gave up on 2011

Tony, worst job of coaching I have ever seen in my life.  You didn't give your team a shot, horrible play-calling, and ultimately they just gave up.

Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:45 am

Dolphins look like they already gave up on 2011


Since: Dec 15, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 9:43 am

Sparano Has To Go...

The Dolphins are done.  Sparano has gotten progressively worse.  In all honesty, I think this is actually a result of ownership and the front office.  When the news broke that they were going after Harbaugh, it gave a message to the rest of the team that ownership did not believe in Sparano.  The rest of the team has simply followed the lead of their ownership group.

It is obvious, even with his vast physical talents, that Brandon Marshall will never be a breakout star.  He is more likely to get stabbed by his girlfriend than to reach a Super Bowl....wait...that already happened?

Matt Moore as quarterback....Carolina gave up on him during a year that they went 2-14.  Seriously, Dolphins?  If I were Garrard, I wouldn't have wanted to go there either.

Reggie Bush as your starting RB?  Over Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams?  Really?  Luckily, he will get injured before he is ever successful as a full-time starter...wait, that already happened too?

The only solid part of the team is the defense, and why should they care when the O is gifted possession at the 7 yard line and can't score a touchdown?

Andrew Luck can't save this mess.  Time to rebuild.  Let's start with releasing Sparano.  See if Pat White is available to play quarterback.  I hear he IS, in fact, available....can't be any worse than FRIGGIN' MATT MOORE..... 

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2011 8:52 am

Dolphins look like they already gave up on 2011

Sparano is an embarassment to coaches everywhere. He is spineless. At least 6 poor decisions last night. What coach gets the ball at their 35yd line with 50sec before halftime and runs out the clock with 1 run play? What coach doesn't go for it routinely on 4th and inches? A winless coach I might add. Tony Sparano, thats who. I will really question the next team that hires this pussy because I don't know what kind of merit they could perceive in him after this Miami debacle.

Since: Nov 3, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2011 5:28 am


A replay from Tony Sputterano's post game presser:  Same old mistakes coach, dropped passes and failure to convert on third downs, your take, "Gotta watch da tape".  The pass rush was invisible and once again Brandon Marshall made boneheaded plays, "Dunno nuttin bout dat. Gotta watch da tape".  Coach, coming off a bye-week where the bye-week was favored by 6 1/2 how do you keep optimism in the locker room, "Gotta watch da tape".  And on it goes FinFan. 

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:44 am

Of course the LOLphins gave up on 2011

Ba da bump.  Seriously, though, the LOLphins have been terrible since the end of their 1970's glory days.  They lucked into one of the best QB's in football history in Dan Marino when drug rumors brought him down to the LOLphins spot in the draft, but could never build better than a mediocre team around him.  
The front office in Miami has always been terrible.  Bill Parcells got so sick of being surrounded by incompetence that he left before he could finish rebuilding the franchise.  It is going to take a lot more Luck than Andrew to make the LOLphins anything more than the joke they have been since Marino retired.   
Sorry, LOL-fans, but the LOLphins are an insult to dolphins everywhere.   

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:39 am


Ask any Stanford Cheerleader: sometimes, you're just down on your Luck.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2011 1:36 am


I'm not a Dolphin fan....  But you team is 0-5.  You hold the Jets to a 3 and out.  Take the punt and drive.  Then WUSS out and punt on a 4th and 1(actually inches.)  Sorry Miami, He is not your guy.  Bad call coach.  You could have shown confidence in your team and went for it.  Instead, you wimped out, punted, and got trounced.  I would like to apply as head oach of the Dolphins.....

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