Miami Dolphins shouldn’t be happy with win on Sunday

MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins looks on in the first half of their game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins looks on in the first half of their game against the New York Jets at Hard Rock Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /

The Miami Dolphins won on Sunday and many fans are in a fickle mood on victory Monday. The Miami Dolphins shouldn’t be all that happy either.

When the game concluded on Sunday the Miami Dolphins walked off the field with a 13-6 win. A 13-6 win over the New York Jets. That has fans in a mood that is not typical of a day after win. And they shouldn’t be.

Miami’s win yesterday was all thanks to the defense who outscored the offense. If we are talking technicalities then offense produced six points and an extra point but you could also argue those seven points came on special teams play. As in the field goal units.

The Dolphins defense gave the offense excellent field position all game long but they couldn’t gain the yardage to keep drives moving and they couldn’t produce more than those two field goals. Miami’s defense scored the lone Dolphins touchdown. That is not a good sign.

Some will point to injuries to both tackle positions but in reality, the Dolphins offense was stagnant and Brock Osweiler threw for a measly 139 yards on the day. That would be fine if the running game was working but that too was nothing special. Nothing has been special about this offense for three weeks now.

At one point Adam Gase was shown sitting on the bench, by himself, apparently drawing up plays on his tablet. If he was, he used that time to draw up two running plays that didn’t work. Nothing worked. Against the Jets.

Fans are happy with the win but they are far from ecstatic. Across social media platforms you would think that the team had lost. What is clear is that something needs to change. Something needs to be different. Adam Gase has to fix it.

The team should not be happy with the win. While the Dolphins defense was in great spirits after the victory leaving the field, the reality is that there is a lot of football to be played this year and a lot of problems exist on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins defense didn’t beat the Texans, or the Lions, or the Packers, or the Patriots. They beat rookie Sam Darnold who is going through rookie growing pains.

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In football, especially the NFL, any win is a big deal because teams could just as easily lose those games and when the seasons ends, no one is going to look back and say, “that win was close” they will just see it as a win. That is why fans are still happy about the game. A division victory can go a long way when the playoff chase gets heated up.

For the Dolphins they should be angry right now. They should be fed up with mediocrity and realize that this week they face Aaron Rodgers, not Sam Darnold.

Last night I spent an hour talking with my great friend Mike Brothers of the Shed Dawgs up in New Foundland. He and I agreed that it was a win but felt more like a loss. We expected more. We expected offensive improvement. Was this just a fight against a big division rival that always plays us hard or was this two bad teams who couldn’t get anything right on Sunday? We didn’t have answers for that. Just like Adam Gase has no answers for what is ailing his offense.

Gase is too stubborn to turn over the play calling to Dowell Loggains. He should at least consider the different perspective. The rest of this season isn’t going to be easy by any stretch. If the Dolphins play like they did on Sunday, they won’t be winning any 13-6 games.

Change is inevitable and at some point change will happen. The Dolphins will either fix what is wrong and it will change for the better or this regime will continue to do what they are doing and eventually they will not have jobs.

One member of the Shed Dawgs called yesterday’s win an “angry win”. It was. Miami is one of 13 teams in the NFL with a winning record sitting two game behind the Patriots in the division but still in the thick of the playoff picture. At 5-4 they should be thrilled with the way the injuries have piled up and the ineptitude of the offense and inconsistency on defense.

Teams typically don’t dwell on losses as they prepare for the next game and the Dolphins should not be celebrating their win on Sunday beyond Sunday night. It was a much-needed win and maybe there is something to build upon but for now, take the win but fix what is wrong. Green Bay won’t offer the Dolphins a Sam Darnold type game.