As we all know, the Bye Week couldn’t have come at a better time for the Miami Dolphins. The aqua and orange were injury depleted on defense, the running back position needed tuning, and lets not even mention the offensive line.
At the same time, however, these are the same Dolphins we were praising after a fast 3-0 start. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has shown positives and even Mike Wallace has shown flashes (when he’s not dropping the ball, that is). Tight end Charles Clay has been a surprise bright spot for Miami and Clay has developed into a legitimate weapon. Wide receiver Brian Hartline remains a beacon of consistency — except for a critical drop in the game against Baltimore — but that aside he has been a safe (and comfortable) target for Tannehill.
I’m breaking my own rule and mentioning the offensive line. It is imperative that this team find a combination at the line of scrimmage that works. Head coach Joe Philbin has maintained that the team is “happy with the players we have,” but clearly that won’t work. Get it together boys!
On the defensive side of things, the bad hasn’t been nearly as ugly, but the injuries are crippling this team. Going into the season we thought this squad had depth had linebacker and along the offensive line, but no one expected those guys to be the starters. There’s no question that Derrick Shleby has had some very bright spots, but this was not a unit expected to field Jonathan Freeny and Jelani Jenkins on third down. Its critical this team gets healthy and fast because when healthy the defense is a legitimate threat to other teams