Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) is congratulated by center Mike Pouncey (51) after he scored a touchdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Can Miami Dolphins Get Some Home Cooking?

There’s a whole lot of noise going on around the Miami Dolphins and most of it is negative, but at the end of the day the Dolphins have their next 2 games at home and have the smallest sliver of an opportunity to right the ship and get back over .500.

When I say the smallest sliver of hope, that’s exactly what I mean, because the Dolphins are poised to lose control of their destiny and their fan base if they goose egg their next 2 home games.

Yea the Dolphins went to Tampa and blew it, but they showed some fight in the middle quarters by regaining the lead, they came in uninspired and then gave an uninspiring finish, but maybe that was the wake up call they needed.

The Dolphins Offensive Line and run Defense have been their achilles heels the entire season but maybe, just maybe they can rise up to the occasion. Maybe they can feed off of a limited home crowd that still shows up because they are REAL FANS.

I can sit here all day and talk about the X’s and O’s of the game and where the Dolphins have gone wrong and what it is they need to do better, but I’d be here all day writing about that malarkey and how the world is crashing around this Miami Franchise.

Well, I’m not gonna do that, instead I’m gonna write about how this is a game of men, full of pride, and if this Miami Dolphins team has any of it left in them, they need to show up tomorrow and protect their house Under Armor style.

I’m tired of hearing about excuses and how strategy has to change, and that they need to have better execution. You know what this team needs more than anything else? It’s the fire in their belly to rise to occasion and persevere in the face of adversity.

These players and coaches can talk till they’re blue in their faces about how they’re going to do this and fix that, and carry over a great week of practice and so on, but at the end of the day they need to just pull it together on the field and play more aggressive than the other team across the field from them.

That goes both ways, it means coaches have to stop playing it safe and stop being worried about balance and so forth. When they have an opponent on their heels, they need to keep the foot on the gas and push the pedal down to the metal and not let up.

Nov 11, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins safety Jimmy Wilson (27) incepts the ball during the second half of the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Most of all it means the players need to take accountability for their effort, for their focus, for their execution! Ryan Tannehill needs to scramble more, needs to be more accurate down field. The Defense needs to tackle better, they need to get off their blocks, they need to take care of their assignments and get on the same page.

Success means positive answers to these questions. Will the Running Backs break tackles? Will the Offensive Line make the extra block? Will the team make key plays in key situations? Its gut check time and right here, right now, this week, we’ll find out what this team is made of, because I’ll tell you the truth, I’m on the cusp of calling this team soft.

Mentally weak and physically overmatched. Think I wanna admit that? Of course not, I’m a die hard Dolphins fan, DOLFAN through and through, the type of fan that fake Dolphins fans tell to sit down at games because I’m too animated.

Know what I say? I say Miami needs more fans like me and players that feed off that energy while translating it to the game on the field! Let’s get a win on Sunday! Fins Up!

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  • PhinsPhan4ever

    Hitting the proverbial nail right on it’s damn head, Tony! I’ve been a Dolfan since I was a young girl – this is the worst I’ve seen it. Time to step up and play football boys. Phins Up!

  • James Janego

    Too bad the players and OC (dinosaur Sherman) will never read this article.

  • tpl

    I’ve been a dolphin fan since 1980, and Miami has never had a scandal like this. I hope Miami beats the chargers, but I am not optimistic they will. If they lose, the best thing to happen would be to lose the rest
    of their games so we get a top first round pick.

  • Pentax Shooter

    I’m not as concerned with “fire in the belly” as I am with playing smart and disciplined. 2 incredibly stupid 15 yd penalties cost them against Tampa. Tackling has been an issue all year – what’s the deal with the Miami LB’s? – and you can see there is a lack of coordination on the O-line.

    Also, is there a reason Tannehill doesn’t run much? I don’t live in Fla and my main team is the (struggling) NYG, but I’ve liked the Phins since the days of #13. RT17 has very good running ability, so why isn’t that included in the game plan?

  • Patrick Keegan

    I’ve been a fin fan for many years.All this cry baby sh#t needs to put a fire into this team. TEAM!!!! Like a family, have each others backs. Play like men, play united.60 minutes of pure 3 phase football. We dont need Martin, we dont need Cogs. We need team unity. Do your jobs! Prove we are no laughing stock. Go out on Our field and kick some west coast butts. It starts tomorrow. Win , then prepare as a team for the next game.We have talent, speed, and I know these guys have pride as men,,,!,, SHOW IT