THEN, when Reggie was sidelined, the coaches turned to Daniel Thomas. Thomas finished the day with 19 carries for 69 yards (3.6 yards per carry). WHY? Last week, Lamar Miller showed that he can run the ball effectively and has the ability to break a long run. In limited action on Sunday, Miller rushed 9 times for 48 yards (5.3 yards per carry). WHY NOT USE LAMAR MILLER MORE???
I also HATED the fact that Philbin went ultra-conservative following the 41 yard pass to Hartline in overtime. The Dolphins were at the 35 yard line and called 2 off-tackle runs with a deep pass towards the endzone in between. The Dolphins made little to no attempt to advance the ball and make Carpenter’s field goal a little easier. Again, they played scared and didn’t want to make a mistake. But on a wet field, you need to get your field goal kicker closer.
There were a number of reasons to blame the Dolphins rookie head coach for Sunday’s loss. However, I can’t blame him for the would-have-been blocked field goal at the end of the game. I’ll admit I hate the icing the kicker timeout call. Not just in this game, but always. If you want to ice him, call the timeout well before the ball is snapped so something like….I don’t know….a block, can’t happen. Truthfully, the Jets might have heard the whistle and not blocked as they normally would have. We’ll never know. So it’s hard to blame Philbin because we really don’t know if the block would’ve occurred if the timeout wasn’t called.
The other person that takes a good portion of the blame for Sunday’s loss is Dan Carpenter. I like Carpenter, I do. BUT, when you are paid $2.3 million to make field goals, you can’t miss 2 field goals, even if they were from 47 and 48 yards on a wet field. Carpenter practices in Miami and has surely kicked off of a wet ground before. He pulled both of his misses to the left. There were a lot of missed opportunities in Sunday’s game for the Dolphins, but Carpenter could’ve made up for all of them if he would have just made the 48 yarder in overtime.
To his credit, Carpenter took the blame for the loss. He answered questions after the game like a man and owned up to his misses. It’s ironic, however, that Tony Sparano’s favorite player from his time in Miami, would miss 2 field goals that could’ve won the Dolphins the game. By the way, did anyone notice the band-aid on Carpenter’s left arm? Did he donate blood before the game? Was he wearing a new style of nicotine patch? Did Tony Sparano stab him before the game?
I have to say that I had to wait about 7 hours before attempting to write about this game. This loss hurt and it felt like a punch in the stomach. I felt physically sick after the Jets kicked the winning field goal in overtime. In fact, that feeling started shortly after Dan Carpenter missed the 48 yard field goal that would’ve won it. That kick would’ve moved the Dolphins to 2-1 and into a share of the AFC East lead. It wasn’t meant to be and now the Dolphins must travel to Arizona to take on the 3-0 Cardinals who looked impressive again on Sunday.
The Dolphins currently sit 1 game behind the Jets and Bills for 1st place in the AFC East. Surprisingly, the Dolphins are tied with the Patriots for last place in the division. It’s clear that there is a lot of work to be done. The Dolphins pass rush is non-existent, which leaves the cornerbacks exposed in coverage. The Dolphins receivers, namely Anthony Armstrong, are still dropping WAY too many passes. There’s no doubt, there is a lot to fix with this team…..But Joe Philbin needs to do and do it quickly……
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