For those wondering, Stephen Ross will not fire Tony Sparano this week and he likely won’t fire after the next game in San Diego. So gripe, whine, complain, but that doesn’t seem to be the operating method of Ross. Not saying it shouldn’t happen, but I will be surprised if it does. Today, we learned exactly what these Miami Dolphins are. Failures.
Chad Henne? We will get to him after the jump. Our focus needs to be on two areas of the team. Offensive line and the entire defense.
To put it simply, the offensive line is horrendous. They can’t block right now. It was an absolute joke today that against the Cleveland Browns, Tony Sparano brought out Nate Garner to help block with RT Marc Columbo. Sparano opted to keep TE Anthony Fasano in to block. We are not talking about the NY Jets defense here we are talking about the Cleveland Browns.
Reggie Bush? Nothing special. Daniel Thomas? Explosive and ran with purpose. The problem? Sparano didn’t bother to use him the first half like he should have. A wasted offensive effort by Henne and Thomas for sure. Today’s game was all about coaching and the fact that the teams offensive line is a joke at the moment.
Moving over to the defense let’s just say that while the offense can’t score in the redzone, the defense can’t stop anyone from getting there. Cameron Wake was owned most of the game by a back-up tackle. Jason Taylor kept pushing the jump that he finally got caught off-sides. Nolan Carroll shouldn’t be in the NFL and while Jimmy Wilson showed some flash, when it’s crunch time, the coaches opted for the inexperienced rookie instead of a veteran. Why? Because they don’t have a vet they can rely on.
This game was supposed to be a good barometer of what this team could do. They lost two games coming in to very good football teams. Today they lost to one of the worst. The fact that the Browns couldn’t move the ball the entire game should tell you exactly where the blame should be. Coaching. The Phins gave up a final 85 yard drive that ended with the game winning TD. Pathetic. The Dolphins defense should be ashamed.
So back to Chad Henne. 255 yards in the air. 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Henne led the Dolphins with a 100 plus QB rating most of the game but when faced with a final opportunity to drive the team 10 yards from the Cleveland 47 he failed. Part of that was the horrid play of the offensive line who couldn’t protect him long enough to get the ball out cleanly, the ending result was a 4th and nine that ended with the game ending interception.
Henne is still learning and one thing he has yet to learn is how to win. How to finish off an opponent.
Today fans realize that any preconceptions they had about this team coming into the season is all but officially removed three weeks in with the San Diego Chargers and New York Jets on the horizon. Sorry, but there is no way the Dolphins will beat the Chargers next week. Not playing like this. The Dolphins simply waste too many opportunities on offense and the defense can’t put a team down and keep them down.
Today’s loss was simply ridiculous and there are no excuses for it from the coaching staff.