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Cincinnati Bengals steamroll Miami Dolphins, 22-7 (with Tannehill, Gase reaction)

CINCINNATI -- I'm not ready to call for the benching of Ryan Tannehill. But this was bad, folks. Really bad.

Hey, the Dolphins lost 22-7 and Tannehill had a rough day.

"Not a lot worked," Tannehill said. "We really didn't do anything well. It was one of our worst performances from our offense in a long time. We did some decent things in the run game, we just couldn't get anything going in the passing game. No consistency. No execution. Too many mistakes. It was bad.

"We have too get it fixed soon, and I mean Monday. It's gone on too long. It's got to be important to everyone who steps on that field. We have to get it fixed right now."

Tannehill completed 15 of 25 passes for 189 yards with one interception and one touchdown. A lot of those yards came in garbage time when so many of Tannehill's yards have come this year.

Yeah, it's not one person or group," Tannehill said. "It's everyone, including me. We have to get better. We have to execute. Can't have mental mistakes."

Gase, interestingly, did not absolve Tannehill of his poor performance, either.

"The entire offense struggled," he said. "Obviously, he missed a couple of things early. His missed a third-and-one on a naked and was behind on the throw to Jarvis Landry. When things start going bad, you want him to find that one throw where he can spring us loose. But tonight was one of those nights where he only had two opportunities early that maybe could have sparked us.

"It's hard to play that position. You're trying to make plays, and if you're a quarter of an inch off and the ball is behind, then they're going to play tight defense. And that's what these guys do. There were some good things he did and a couple of times he had some great plays. But not everybody was on the same page. All of the sudden he looks like he doesn't know what he's doing. I know he's going to come back and work and figure out a way to get this thing turned around."

It was depressing.

Tannehill was sacked five times. The offensive line that didn't have any depth a year ago?

It has no depth this year.

That is now proven.

"Some of the plays were not ideal, as far as what we were doing," Gase said. "Some was busted protection. Ryan has to step up on the fumble. It's everybody taking their turn. I don't think it really mattered who was out right now. We couldn't get out of own way."

Laremy Tunsil struggled at left tackle. Billy Turner was terrible at left guard. I mean, Dallas Thomas has been a better left guard. And Ja'Wuan James remains in a funk.

About that play where Tannehill was stripped. I asked him why he didn't step up in the pocket.

"Yeah, I looked at the pictures, there was definitely a pocket there I should have stepped up into," Tannehill said. "I had my eyes downfield and was about to let it go. But the fact is the tackles did a good job of pushing the guys past the depth so I have to step up. That's on me."

The defense continues to disappoint.

Andy Dalton to A.J. Green just went for another first down. Green caught 10 passes for 173 yards and one TD.

The Dolphins are 1-3. Season is not over. But ...

 

 

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