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Word of the day for the Dolphins: Regression.

BOSTON -- They led 17-3. They rushed for 156 yards and averaged 5-yards a carry. Tom Brady was less than mediocre, throwing for only 116 yards with one touchdown and one interception with a visibly swollen throwin hand. New England right tackle Sebastian Vollmer broke his leg and left the game, joining Vince Wilfork and Jerod Mayo, who are done for the season, and cornerback Aqib Talib, who didn't play.

And given all these advantages and perfect scenarios, the Dolphins still lost?

Yes, the Dolphins lost.

And that leads me to the word for today: Regression.

As I write in my column in today's Miami Herald, the Dolphins collapsed and they are in full blown regression.

The Dolphins have regressed from the team they were last year at this time when they were getting better results with less talent.

The Dolphins have regressed from September when they were 3-0.

The Dolphins have regressed to the point they're arguably the worst team in the AFC East. That's right, Miami is in third place with a 3-4 record behind the Patriots and the Jets and just ahead of the Bills. But Miami has a division worst 0-2 record and they already lost to the last-place Bills.

How is any of that better than it was last year?

And amid all of this the Dolphins are borderline delusional.

"No, I don't feel like the season is starting to slip away because we have a great team," nickel back Jimmy Wilson said.

Is he serious?

Wilson went on to say the Dolphins need to win the next four games to make up for the last four consecutive losses. Well, the Dolphins are 2 1/2 games out of first place already and they're not getting stronger but they better start winning very soon if they want to salvage this season.

But how to do that when they're getting worse?

Ryan Tannehill is playing worse now than he played in September.

The talent level is getting worse with the loss of wide receiver Brandon Gibson for the season.

And the play-calling? It's getting worse. Consider that it's bad when offensive coordinator Mike Sherman abandons the running game when it isn't blowing the opponent away. On Sunday, he abandoned it when it was working! In a close game!

And now the players are noticing.

"It seemed like we were running the ball real well, we were effective," guard Richie Incognito said. "It was third and manageable; we were picking up big chunks on the ground. I think we got away from that in the second half. That is kind of where we kind of sputtered."

Tell me something ... why aren't Miami's rookies playing?

Why is Nolan Carroll playing -- and giving up a TD pass as soon as he enters the game -- but second-round pick Jamar Taylor and third-round pick Willie Davis are inactive? Well, either those kids are not very good (which is on the personnel department) or they are not being developed (which is on the coaching staff).

Why is first round pick Dion Jordan a part-time player but less talented, less upside Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby are playing more? I know Jordan is talented. It seems every time he's on the field, something good happens. But he's not really on the field all that much. How are coaches arriving at those decisions to play a better player less?Cluelessjoe

Why has Mike Wallace looked so ineffective? He came to the Dolphins as an accomplished deep threat. He came here without major issues about his hands. Now that he's with the Dolphins he cannot get deep and cannot hold on to the football? Sorry, I don't buy it's all on Wallace. The Dolphins blamed Brandon Marshall when he didn't produce as much in Miami as in Denver. Then Marshall went to Chicago and produced at a very high level again.

After a while it's not the player we should be looking at. It's the people charged with developing those players and the system those players are put in.

So where do we go from here?

Well, general manager Jeff Ireland needs to find a wide receiver because the Dolphins only have three on the roster and one on the practice squad.

Will he chase Hakeem Nicks? Josh Gordon? Justin Blackmon? Greg Jennings?

The trade deadline is Tuesday. Ireland addressed the desperate need for an offensive tackle by trading for Bryant McKinnie. And although the Dolphins gave up six sacks Sunday -- all in the second half -- four of those came when the Patriots figured out Sherman had no intention of running the football.Tannesack

The AFC East is still wide open, because the Patriots seem vulnerable despite their 6-2 record. The team has multiple injured players, including Brady who nonethless denied his swollen throwing hand was swollen. 

Unfortunately, the Dolphins don't currently have the feel of a team that is ready to turn things around. Sometimes they start poorly. Sometimes they finish poorly. Sometimes they can't run. Sometimes they give up on the run even when they're running well. Wide receivers don't get open quickly, or don't get open deep, or drop too many passes.

The defense that was supposed to make more game-defining plays doesn't. 

And Tannehill fumbles or throws the interceptions or shows little pocket or situational awareness -- particularly lately.

There's a word for all of that: Regression.


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nyfin sadly we need to, cause we hired the wrong people to begin with. i agree with u big time the only way to win is to find a staff and gm and keep them for years. but this is just not the right group. ireland for sure, worst gm in nfl and has had 9 lives. the oline ruined this season, and thats on him and his idiot brain thinking we had right guys when he had big upgrades out there and he left them on table. the albert thing was a disaster, he tried to hold out and got burned. then traded up to take a pointless player in jordan.

Dion Jordan looked pretty good covering Gronk!!

getting rid of head case davis for 2nd rd pick was a great move. letting smith go was also a smart move, hes been awful in kc even getting booed now. its the fact that he wasted the pick he got for davis,etc and drafted the wrong guys. and the corners he took early this year have hardly seen the field. ireland is so bad its comical

Agree with Dusty. Team needs to fall flat on Face(3-13). Then:

1. Fire Ireland. Parcells disciple with outdated rebuild plan. Because of this, offensively and defensively we are caught in the middle with personnel for both yesterday's and today's nfl game.

Also, Tannehill's long ball accuracy is far from good enough to excel in today's modern aerial assault.

2. Draft one of the top 2 qb's. Seing exactly what was seen of Tannehill at A&M. Very good at times, very bad at times. Equating to a career .500 nfl qb at best.

3. Pray Ross comes down with a mental ailment that no longer allows him to run the team. It's probably the only way the first two things happen.

armndo seriously.your blaming Sherman for abandoning the run and letting thill get sacked because the pats knew we were going to throw.he got sacked 6 times because we were down 10 points to tom brady n the 4th quarter and we HAD TO THROW THE BALL.Y OU SPEW THIS GARBAGE JOURNALISM BECAUSE YOU R ON A WITCH HUNT.SHERM IS NOT THE PROBLEM.thill has issues and the oline even more and the line backers r not to far behind.the players r not executing.don shula had many winning seasons but he still had some losers,why because the players had no talent.shula finally had two bad seasons in 94 95,even though we made the playoffs,and some shmuck writer says he is a bad coach.next thing you know shula is gone,because everyone got on his soap box

Im just one guy, I called myself the greatest fan in the U.S. I am officially done with the nfl. The obvious favoritism for the pats in yesterdays game is simply sickening! The nfl is a dirty as crack on the street and I want no part of it!! I actually hate the nfl like I hate anything evil. I feel like cursing and thats how I know Im done. Been a fan since 1972, but the game just like the bible is tanted

Listening to Sirrus NFL channel the other day and Scott Pioli said he hated to question Sherman's play calling because Sherman has forgotten more than he will ever know about the subject. I think the old man himself has forgotten to much to be creative or effective in the position

The panic on here is unreal. As is the Tannehill "bust" talk. All things considered, the kid is right where he should be for someone who's played 24 NFL games. If you people were Giants or Ravens fans, you would've been calling for Eli's and Flacco's head 20 games into their careers. (T-hill looks much better than Eli did at this point). Now they have 3 Super Bowls between them. Seriously, what did you expect? It's going to be 2 more years before he's on an elite level.

Considering the beating he's taking behind that line, he's done alright. David Carr took a beating like this and is still in the fetal position. T-hill is a tough kid with all the physical tools to be a star. And by all accounts, the work ethic. The one thing lacking: experience. That only comes in time. Patience, people....

George. I see you listen to press conferences.
10 points down, when you're getting 5 yards a crack on the ground?
chew it up, THEN throw, but not on obvious throwing downs. Sherman abandoned the run in the 3rd quarter.
Sherman is like a gambler who never knows when to take his winnings and leave the table. He constantly has to prove he's the smartest guy in the room. Sunday he wasn't, Belicheat was. Same with John Harbaugh, and even a rookie HC with Buffalo.

Philbin is afraid to cross-check his former boss. I hate these coach/coordinator relationships. Shula and Olivadotti was poison, same with Al Golden and D'Onofrio.
Canes win despite their DC.

no panic here plate, didnt expect to do anything this year. and still like thill very much so. 2014 was always my target, bunch of new guys always need a year to really get used to playing together. now we need to lose and lose bad this year to help with next year. we have to stay away from those meaningless late season wins like this team has done for years, it kills us everytime. ima i love the canes but its gonna be ugly sat, fsu may beat us by 40

Good coaches and GMs don't grow on trees folks. Careful what you wish for.

at this point rick id make a call to polian

That said about Tanny, there are a few things to question and not be patient about:

1. A pattern of terrible play calling. If the running game is working, stick with it! They are doing other teams a favor when they attempt to pass block

2. The Miller to Thomas ratio should be 80/20. No worse than 70/30. Miller is far more explosive. Give him enough shots, he's gonna break one. Unfortunately I was right about Thomas the night he was drafted. Called my shot. He'll never be anything other than a mediocre back up. No burst. Just an awful decision to trade up for him.

3. What exactly is the difference between Mike Wallace and Ted Ginn? Other than Ginn has better hands? Number 1 WR money for a number 2 guy. Remember when the Bucs gave Alvin Harper a ton of money? For a guy who's supposed to be really fast, he doesnt seem to be behind the defense very much.

4. Sticking with Clabo that long speaks to this coaching staffs stubbornness and reluctancy to admit a mistake.

5. It would be nice to have Vontae Davis. Y'know, since we drafted him and he's one of the better corners in the league.

6. Dion Jordan always seems to do positive things when he's in the game. So why is he rarely in the game?

disagree big time on wallce to ginn. ginn is awful and his hands are stone. imagine wallace in new england, yikes. burned guys every game deep in pitt, we just dont have the protection to even get him deep most of the time

Another wasted year...again and again and once again.

Enough's enough. Get rid of Philbin. Get rid of Ireland. Hire someone (ANYONE) that knows talent and, as in our case TALENT PRIORITY!! Get another 1-2 McKinneys (he sooooo badassssed!!) and a real RB, 1 Wilfork-type at the nose and lets get a team.


Screw the refs, they cheated us against the Ravens now yesterday.


I think the biggest obstacle this team faces right now is Mike Sherman and his sh$tty play calling, sh$tty blocking scheme, and Philbin's failure to man-up.

Cincy- 42 Fins- 10

It'll be a close one. True Fins fans sit and waste your money and time. That sounds smart.

Pathetic fans just as pathetic as the team.

You support mediocrity then you'll receive mediocrity simple as that.

It's amazing to me that every Dolphin fan/media member sees what's happening on the field during games…but the players, coaches and FO/ownership do not...

I know that it's very impractical, but I'd like Philbin, Ireland, or Ross to come out say "we know" - point out the deficiencies and talk about the plan to fix it! The first half of that game yesterday is proof that they can compete and do well. They have won three games…there are nine games left.

Let's GO!

I support my team every game, doesn't mean I think they'll win. I doubt we win another game while Sherman is OC.

The loss to Buffalo was inexcusable, and if the dolphins finish with a losing record will be an enough reason to end the relationship with Philbin / Sherman / Coyle / Ireland

But yesterday the Patriots were no better than the Dolphins, the Patriots PLUS the referees was.

That were a fixed game, as some others in the past.

Hey you guys hope next coach would be gruden that would unbelievable if that happen but I don't think that going happen.

Cincy 79 Sea World 2

Darkoak, good point - first sentence…not so sure about the second.

Adrian - the loss to the Bills WAS inexcusable. Any loss the Jets, Patriots, and Bills in any season is inexcusable!

There are still nine games left. They just need to get it all moving in the same direction again. It's nuts that they have put themselves into this whole…but they have the players and can fix this…they need to believe!

Remember folks you're not allowed to enter the stadium with a bag other than a clear bag. So Thursday you'll have to wear clear bags on ur heads.

No R.Williams. Thursday night is ladies night at Bru's room, plus its Halloween, plus the game. Lol

After that loss yesterday, it's too bad that they have to play Thursday. This team needs time to heal from that loss!

The team obviously needs a lot to go right for them to win…seems like they spend a lot of energy beating themselves. It's amazing to witness.

Philbin needs to step up and lead!

There were several shots of Philbin on the sidelines coaching. He was clapping his hands together yelling "lets go, let's go ".

Man, that was some good coaching.

I would have been screaming "tanny, one more turnover and I get your wife for the night". Or "Martin one moe sack and you're walking home. ".

I guess that's why he gets the big bucks.

Number the Refs are not responsible for the last 4 losses, poor coaching is talent not develop by this time regarding the draft picks, with 2 to 3 bad moves by not getting Alberts, a good alternative for Bush, and allowing Patterson to stay in this team instead of another, healthy CB. We see some cancer beginning to spread to other organs like the special teams. Philbin can send a good msg by letting go Jim Turner for now and more heads to roll later, benching one or tow vets and going with a quicker tempo, like treating the rest of the season like it was your game with four down mentality on every sey of downs ... Comments pls

Posted by: I Hope | October 28, 2013 at 07:47 PM

Thank you "I Hope", what I mean is: the yesterday was an The game yesterday was a monetary arrangement between the Patriots and the referees.

Do you speak spanish?

El juego de ayer estubo arreglado como muchos otros juegos contra los delfines vs nueva inglaterra, si no marcaran lo del toque ilegal, en la siguiente jugada marcarían otra interferencia inexistente, no importa, me acuerdo de interferencias ofensivas marcadas contra defensivas en contra de los delfines en contra de Sean Smith o de Goodman en temporadas anteriores, siempre es lo mismo contra esos tramposos, la única forma de ganarles es con un dominio total como cuando se develò el Wild Cat.


Posted by: Adrian Solorza | October 28, 2013 at 08:15 PM

Got it:

The game yesterday was arranged as many other games against the dolphins vs. New England, if they don't mark it from the illegal touch, on the next move would mark another non-existent interference, no matter, I remember offensive interference marked against defensive against the dolphins against Sean Smith or Goodman in previous seasons, it is always the same thing against those cheats, the only way to beat them is with a total mastery as when is develo Wild Cat.

Actually, I was TOTALLY agreeing with your earlier post! I agree with this too - but if the Dolphins could put other teams away, and "step on their throat" there would be no issue with refs.

Finally, losing to the other teams in the AFC East is beyond sickening. I cannot stand anyone of the teams for many reasons over the years…

It's time!

When I was watching the game, I can just tell Tannehill is green. All's New England had to do was switch the side they brought the blitz from to get sacks on Tannehill. A good QB switches the play to a run or switches the pass protection to the other side that the blitz is coming from. To many rushers had no one blocking them when they blitzed Tannehill. No designed QB sneaks, not sticking with the run while it was working. No separation from WR. Dropped passes. Trying to force the ball to Mike Wallace when he is not open.

Is Tony aware the NFL write an apology letter to the team after the Ravens lost.

John - I agree. Not all new QB's are able to step in to the NFL and be successful right away. That's why teams used to draft their future and allow the starter to mentor the future…Today the expectation is that if you are drafted in an early round, you're expected to play right now…whether you're ready or not. Over the years it's ruined a lot of QBs. I hope it doesn't ruin ours. He's greener than most…he needs help for the coaching staff - it has to happen soon.

You're stupid John!!
The entire offensive line had no idea where the pass rush was coming from.

RT needs help from the offensive line/RB's/TE's/WR's as well…but they cannot be expected to turn cartwheels for him…he's culpable as well! Again, it has to happen soon.

Posted by: I Hope | October 28, 2013 at 08:22 PM

Actually, I was TOTALLY agreeing with your earlier post!..

Ah, excuse me.

But yes, there is no other way. We need to DOMINATE to win, but with that TIMID defense and that mediocre play calling ....

In the 70's 80's 90's all the head coaches master the art of strategy but from 2000's up to now, just a few.

Do any of you realize you all sound like a bunch of 17 yo girls going on endlessly about which brand of nail polish is best?

Actually, those of us who know, see that Ryan does not look like a QB, does not move like a QB, does not behave in the pocket like a QB. Going at it on sheer guts and determination. Commendable. But at this moment in Time, he is not a QB.

Adrian - That is the problem with this team…they cannot dominate, and they are timid! It's been a problem for this team since Marino was at the end of his career. Not every year…but many!

We've had been coaching, unsupportive ownership, players that were game managers - and not GREAT!

This team needs to take whatever the game plan put in front of them and execute at the highest levels. They need to put all the pieces together. Look to each other and understand that they are each responsible for this seasons outcome! Coaching is part of it execution by players is the other part.

It's been long enough.

Actually, of the QBs we have, the one that looks more like a QB, that has the best form, is Pat Devlin.

Yes. Bench any Player that does not execute.

We have a good QB, in Matt Moore, should just let him play and see if we can make the playoffs. If we have no shot at the playoffs, put back in Tannehill so he can develop. Fire Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle. They both suck!

Devlin has a weak arm. Can't make the throws. Devlin might have been a starter back in Griese's day. Not today.

Bring in Dan Marino as VP of Football Operations & Bill Cowher as HC/GM. Ross offers both part ownership in the team and lets' do this thing right!

Unfortunately for Devlin is that he's been with the team since 2011. If the team does not move him from 3rd on the depth chart he's probably not moving to number one anytime soon.

Moore is definitely not the answer for the answer either…he's a stopgap. He had his chance and earned his roll as the back up to the number one guy!

Tannehill is number one for now…if it's not him, there will be a new regime in place in Miami with a new QB on the horizon. Philbin has put his eggs in the RT basket. They all need to step up!

Matt Moore runs backwards upon being sacked. Get ready for 3rd and 35 on a regular basis.
I guess they should share the wealth. No sense in Tannehill getting all the injuries and concussions.



Marino quit. If Cowher wanted to coach again, he would have taken one of the last 20 opportunities.

Don't be stupid.

Well, I said Devlin looks like a QB, not that he has a strong arm.

Going back to yesterday's game, did anyone hear what Phil Simms said as the teams were about to kick off for the second half? Something about one of the teams looks a little flat? I did not hear it, but someone mentioned it to me. I'm just curious what he said and what he saw from the teams as they came out of the locker rooms. Thanks.


All I got to say RE; the pats game is the refs are on the patriots payroll. anyone who watched that game and saw those horrible calls that gave NE the game has got to be a moron if they didn't seee that, then that changes the whole way the game plan goes forward, it's just pathetic. the patsy's are going to get their hammering very soon, and I can't wait.

I put this game on Sherman for abandoning the run against the worst run defense in football. Tannehill was playing great when the defense was forced to play both the run and pass.

Well, Tannehill is the anointed Franchise QB by Ireland and the kid really won the starting job from Moore and Devlin during training Camp last year. Any arguments about that?

If we lose to the Bengals you can call it over for this season. If they are 4-4 at the halfway point they can still make the playoffs, but we need to see a hell of alot more positive play out of our veteran players and a little leadership would help, cause we have nothiing from the coaching staff.

we would have been better off with jeff fisher! why didnt he pick us. lol preach smartest fans ever preach!

No arguments from me Oscar.

Amen Bad Axe!

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