You know how you always hear in sports how the good offenses are ones that dictate to the defense what they’re going to do. Well, that’s exactly what happened. Ryan Tannehill and company were the puppet masters and the Dolphins took cues from them all game.
Many were and are wondering where the blitzkrieg style of defense that gave the Dolphins a chance to be playoff-bound was? How come they didn’t harass Tannehill, a guy we know full well can’t handle the rush who was also the most sacked quarterback in the league? The answer lies in the running game of the Titans.
Without Derrick Henry, the Titans ran for 188 yards mostly behind the pads of D’Onta Foreman who was doing his best Titan/Oiler running back impersonation to the tune of 126 yards. He kept pounding into the line over and over again and was falling forward. Then as the game got into the second half, he began breaking off longer runs. There was nothing the Dolphins could do. Their pass rush was neutralized.
That’s why the Dolphin’s defense wasn’t blitzing as much. The fear of having Foreman break a huge run was too great. If he gets past that first wave of defenders, there would be about one guy left to take him down. The Dolphins were money for so long of bringing the house on 3rd down but the Titans kept their third downs in manageable distances where the threat of running the ball was still great.
The Miami Dolphin’s defense, even with getting ran on all game were, still only gave up 17 points midway through the 4th quarterback. It wasn’t their best game but they did keep the team in it. Once again, unfortunately, the offense couldn’t hold up their end of the deal.
And that’s why I ultimately think the Dolphins are going to move on from Tua. The Dolphin’s defense is too good, has too much of a solid combination of veterans and young guys to not have an offense that can score 24 points consistently.