Wow. 41-14. What just happened?
The Dolphins became the first team in NFL history to allow a passing TD, rushing TD, blocked kick for a TD, blocked punt for a TD, interception return for a TD, and kick return for a TD all in one game.
That’s how bad the game was. I dont’ even want to talk about it, it was that embarrassing. Our special teams looked “special” indeed.
I don’t know what happened with the run D. Whenever you allow 100+ rushing yards to a Patriots rushing attack led by Benjarvus Michelle Gellar, you know you’ve had a bad day.
After a promising first half that saw the Dolphins up 7-6, Miami collapsed within the first two minutes of the second half and never came up for air again. Getting beat two weeks in a row on our own turf by AFC East opponents proves the Dolphins are the Not Ready for Primetime players.
Let’s not go too in depth about this. It’ll just hurt more.
What this means going forward:
-Get Chad Henne out of the tunnel: Mr. Henne has been struggling with what we call “tunnel vision”. He steps back in the pocket and stares at the side of the field he is going to throw to, allowing the defense to take advantage. The result? Three picks against the Pats. While 28/38 for 305 yards and 2 touchdowns is one hell of a line, all three of his interceptions were bone-headed throws. Some fans are calling for a quarterback change. I say let the kid keep throwing. This is his first full season as the starter. If the tunnel vision continues and by the end of the season he’s racked up more INTs than TDs, maybe it’s time to look elsewhere.
-Chad Henne’s face: Can someone make this guy smile already? His uber-serious Christian Bale stare isn’t helping the team at all. Maybe if he loosed up a bit on the field, the offense would have more energy. Instead of game film this week, have the guy watch the Best of Mel Brooks.
-Miami’s D is doing well, for the most part: This unit has improved immensely since last year. In a game that on all accounts was a blowout, the defense kept Tom Brady in check. 153 yards and 1 touchdown are hardly great Brady numbers, not to mention the double coverage on Randy Moss led to him not recording a catch for only the fifth time in his career. Yes, they allowed more yardage than they should have on the ground, but this defense has really come a long way. If Brandon Marshall is The Beast, Cameron Wake is The Creature. He has been applying pressure on QBs all season and is always a threat for a sack. This defensive unit has been responsible for keeping us close in games this year. But the main problem with the game was…
-SPECIAL TEAMS: They’ve sucked for a while. Now their level of suckiness has been shared with a national audience on Monday Night Football. Thankfully special teams coach John Bonamego 12 hours following the debacle. While his players can claim it is their faults (which it partially is), Miami’s special teams unit has been nothing but poor since Bonamego’s arrival in 2008. While the assistant special teams coach has been promoted for now, I think it’s in everyone’s best interest that the front office bring in some new blood ASAP to get this unit in shape for its next game in two weeks.
On the bright side, the Patriots seem to have quit football for the year and traded Randy Moss to the Vikings for a third-round pick. Now if only they had done that a week earlier, we wouldn’t have had to double team him all game. At least our next game against the Patriots will be easier….if we can keep our special teams off the field.
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Written by Brian Saa
Lifelong Dolphins fan from New Jersey who runs DolphinsLA.com, a website for Dolphins fans in Los Angeles. LA fans should come out to The Casting Office Bar & Grill in Universal City on Sundays for the games, as it is now the Dolphins bar in LA! Ready for the Dolphins to declare Marshall Law on the competition in 2010 Follow me on Twitter: @briansaa or @DolphinsLA for Dolphins bar updates