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Dolphins lose to (previously) winless Tampa Bay

TAMPA -- Don't ask me to explain this one. Don't ask me to explain this team. Don't ask me to explain this organization.

The Dolphins lost to Tampa Bay on Monday night, 22-19. The Dolphins are lost for reasons well beyond the fact they lost to the previously winless Buccaneers.

Forget for a second the Dolphins rushed for only 2 yards this game, the lowest rushing production of any NFL team since 2007. Forget for a moment they had 70 yards in penalties or that they only converted 4 of 12 third down attempts or that their only rushing first down came on a quarterback sneak.

All that is football. It happens sometimes.

But as I write in my column in Tuesday's Miami Herald, the troubles plaguing this team are deeper. And I'm not even talking about the ongoing Richie Incognito-Jon Martin soap opera.

I'm talking fundamental problems like how the Dolphins in the past month have lost to a glorified practice squad quarterback and a rookie who threw for only 139 yards.

I'm talking about how the Dolphins show no fire. They came out flat against Tampa Bay. If you read this blog or my column Monday you know I expected this team to come together and try to prove a point to everyone.

Well, they proved a point alright.

"Anytime you start out in a 15-0 hole, you're not expecting to do that," cornerback Brent Grimes said. "But we kept playing. We could have easily folded and said, 'No we're not ready for this game. We didn't come out to play.' But we came out slow but kept fighting."

Here's the problem, in this fight, the Dolphins were counter-punching. The Bucs were punching. They were the aggressors.

And yet the players say nothing is wrong. 

"We're a tight-knit team," Grimes said. That's why I'm really confused with people saying this is not a good locker room. This is a great locker room. We were ready to play. We came out and wanted to win but had a slow start. We started off bad and that hurts in this league. We fought back but down the stretch they made plays and we didn't."

"We are a close-knit group on the defensive line, defensively. and the whole team," defensive tackle Jared Odrick said. "The whole team hangs out with [each other]and it's something we brought upon ourselves. We call ourselves a tribe. So you're not going to see a separation of anybody. The more adversity. The closer we get."

Well, these guys will be soon meshing into one another because the mercury is ready to pop through the adversity meter.

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is going to make changes. And, reading the signs Monday evening when the owner gushed about Joe Philbin and didn't mention Jeff Ireland until he said the general manager is on some internal policy committee, everyone is seeing that Ireland is looking more and more like the scapegoat.

This goes with my report Monday afternoon that said if Ross makes changes, he's more likely to keep Philbin than Ireland. I have a problem with this approach. I hope the Dolphins don't go that way.

It's clear, however, something is going to be done eventually. I'm just not sure it's going to be the right move. Can you blame me?

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Guys, its no secret Wallace isn't a complete wr. Everyonein America seemed to know this except Jeff Ireland. Tannehill had trouble underthrowing deep patterns last season.

What does Ireland do? He goes out and pays $50 million for a wr who's only skill is separating deep. Wallace is what he is before coming here. Tannehill is still what he is before Wallace's arrival. A qb that has no touch or anticipation when throwing the ball deep.

The headscratcher is Tannehill has more than enough armstrength to connect with Wallace deep. Just always seems to short arm it.

It would even be nice to see Tannehill OVERTHROW Wallace for a change. Even that may be a welcome improvement.

Posted by: Sam I Am | November 12, 2013 at 06:52 PM

Posted by: Sam I Am | November 12, 2013 at 06:57 PM

Sam you're doing a pretty good job actually arguing with yourself here so I will just sit back and enjoy.

Eveyone said Tannehill would be great with a speedster WR. Guess what? It hasnt helped!

The problem with Tannehill/Wallace deep connecting may lie in Tannehill holding the ball until he see Wallace separate. By the time Tannehill throws the ball, Wallace has already OUTRUN the spot Tannehill's throwing to.

My suggestion is, Tanne should throw it before he sees Wallace separate, in anticipation that when the ball arrives Wallace will have separated from the defender and catch the ball in stride.

With a player as fast as Wallace, waiting until you see he has separation, may already be a tad late in throwing the football.

With a speedster WR that actually knows how to catch a ball...put Megatron, Dez or Johnson on this team and watch the fun begin/ Wallace never dives for a ball///makes a fingertip catch or fights for the ball. Tannehil is STILL LEARNING FOLKS....should NEVER have been the #8 pick of the 1st round. We got a decent 2nd round QB with the 8th pick....another reason GM has failed!!

There is nothing wrong with the Dolphins that a franchise QB wouldnt fix. Tannehill is just terrible.

My main concern is with the development of younger players. Going back to the John Beck days, we had a bye week going into a London game...what did the Dolphins do, let's give the players a week off OMG!! They never had a back up QB ready.

But what about Taylor, Davis, Jordan, and Thomas? Are they sitting and learning or just sitting? Jordan's made a play or two, but these other guy can't get on the field with the multitude of injuries and horrible performances????

Arnsparger, don't worry, last post ever to you. I see you're the type that believes the horse should push the wagon. Then never sees there's a problem.

But I do you thank you for letting me know that everything works in reverse in your part of the universe. Never know when I may need to go there.

Sam your immaturity shows every time we talk so do me and everybody else a favor don't address a post to us personally...we forgot that you are the know all be all of football knowledge and we are all supposed to bow down to your excellency!!

O KELLY suspect Jason Taylor to be the next GM
???

Jeez talk about a fantasy world...if you don't take my position Im gonna hold my breath until I turn blueeeee!

Heck, stop kidding yourselves. You could surround Tannehill with an all star team and he'd still stink it up.

Jason Taylor becomes GM and I'm done with the Dolphins until Ross dies or sells.

If Jason Taylor is named gm, it's another parlor trick of Ross to place selling tickets over winning games.

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Posted by: Pitagoras | November 12, 2013 at 07:11 PM

Absolutely no record of this statement anywhere? Can you tell us where this came from?

I am totally disagree with Sam I am about Tannehill and Wallace, the prove is the last interception form Revis. At last Wallace should defend the interception, I Know the interception does not had much importance, but I expect a fight for the ball. That is what I expect from an alpha WR like A.J. Green, Megatron, etc. There are many examples of the lack of will to make plays from Wallace.

Omar Kelly ‏@OmarKelly 1h
"@CBStacy: Could you see Jason Taylor interested in GM job....a la John Elway type of role?”» yes....I've always suspected he was next.

This is an opinion.

@OmarKelly
Could you see Jason Taylor interested in GM job....a la John Elway type of role?”» yes....I've always suspected he was next.

I suspect that I am going to bang Giselle Bundchen!!

Hard to really evaluate the players with poor play calling, unimaginative game planning, ridiculous rotation, poor performance as a unit and to be fair, a ton of injuries.

This regime had a tall order to start with to turn this roster around in two years. Then to make it even harder they decided to completely change the scheme on both sides of the ball. Making what few good players we had more or less out of position.

Looking back it actually kind of unbelievable the confidence they had coming in and the brazenness they had in dropping players like Bush, Marshall, and Smith.
I realize Sean Smith wasn't a fan favorite but have a suitable replacement before you cut him loose. If you are really serious about winning.

There just has never seemed to be a sense of urgency with this group.

Keeping Philbin? Another halfassed move. Sell the team.

Both arguments are correct.

Tannehill has blown at least 5, maybe 8 sure TD's to Wallace for being off target or too short or unreachable.

On the other hand, Wallace has dropped far too many intermediate passes that hit him right in the hands. Wallace needs to make those catches too, and not just be a one trick pony.

Polian's assessment of Wallace in the offseason was exactly what we are seeing now.

I ask anybody with access to game footage to watch Wallace, no question Tannehill has no faith in him. Wallace tiptoed with Revis all night. A #1 receiver has to be part of the game, Wallace took a fat check and left us at the alter.

this problem is not necessarily who the QB is or who the wide receivers are it's about the coaching staff a large percentage of the staff has never had any NFL playing experience and has never had any coaching experience until this job under Philbin.
Problem is not all players, yes some, but not all. Problem is FO and entire coaching staff.

Go to NFL.com and look at the lack of qualifications and inexperience of this staff. Philbin, Sherman, Coyle have experience but they are experienced boneheads who have no clue.

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