Oct 27, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin during the first quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

A Few Thoughts From Sunday’s Game

 

When are we allowed to start criticizing Mike Wallace? The man dropped two more passes Sunday, bringing his total to eight on the season. He went into halftime with one catch for six yards. Then early in the third quarter Wallace recorded another bringing his total to eight on the season. (Hey it’s $7.5 million a drop!)

I don’t mean to be negative, really, but these performances won’t do from Wallace, especially with Brandon Gibson suffering a potential season-ending injury. There’s, hopefully, no question that Jeff Ireland is going to be on the phone tonight making calls for another receiver, but either way Wallace NEEDS to be better.

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The third overall pick in this year’s draft, Dion Jordan, hasn’t heard his name called all that much this season for the Miami Dolphins.

Jordan, however, showed his versatility early and often in Miami’s loss to New England on Sunday. Early in the first quarter, Jordan was matched up with Patriots’ TE Rob Gronkowski and ran with him way down the field. He stayed with him step-for-step and ultimately helped facilitate the incompletion.

I hate to be the one to say it, but Joe Philbin was thoroughly out coached in the second half. The second half showcases coaches abilities because it shows how they can adjust after halftime. While Philbin may have had the upper hand in the first half, Bill Belichick returned to his brilliant self after the break.

No matter how much people say the refs handed this game to New England, this falls on Philbin. At the end of the game the team had no sense of urgency and or awareness if the time on the clock and the score on the board. When you lose four straight you need to start pointing fingers, so I am.

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What is with this team giving up leads? Its like nothing any franchise has ever done before. Miami held a decisive 17-3 lead at half time, then a subsequent sack and missed field goal gave New England momentum. Then, the Patriots marched down the field and scored 14 points in about 90 seconds, which turned into 17 unanswered. Its ridiculous they let this happen.

This loss was of course heartbreaking, but a classic Dolphins showing. A season that began with promise has quickly dissipated into nothing.

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