So on Tuesday, Mike Pouncey told the Sun Sentinel that the team is frustrated and apologized to the fans:
“It’s tough to let go of a game like that. We got to figure ways to make those plays at the end of football games. If you look at film and watch this team we should be 3-1 right now, but that’s the NFL. Very frustrating. Say sorry to the fans, it’s all on us, those games we should’ve won,” …..“We got to finish these football games and we’ll turn it around and be a winning football team down here. We don’t look at ourselves as a 1-3 football team; we look at ourselves as a 3-1 football team, which we should be today. You can’t take it back; it’s the NFL, it happens, but we got 12 more games and we will turn it around.”
I appreciate that Pouncey came out and said this. It’s nice to hear the players acknowledging how frustrating it is for Dolphins fans. Pouncey is really becoming a leader on the Dolphins, despite this being only his second year on the team. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Pouncey is the top rated center in the NFL through the first 4 weeks of the season. Remember when everyone was worried about Pouncey’s shotgun snapping issues? Yeah, that was fun, wasn’t it?! Hopefully, he can continue his solid play, fortifying the Dolphins offensive line for years to come.
Additional Note: The Dolphins offense has committed some costly turnovers in the last 2 games and a few of them have come from Ryan Tannehill. I’ve heard, more than a few, Dolphins fans saying that the team would be 3-1 if Matt Moore was the Dolphins quarterback. I do not agree with that statement or that line of thinking. Did those Dolphins fans watch Matt Moore in the preseason? Matt Moore wasn’t exactly a caretaker of the football. In 13 games last year, he threw 9 interceptions and fumbled 9 times according to ESPN.com.
I like Matt Moore, I appreciate that the helped the Dolphins win games last season. But, Matt Moore is not the Dolphins long term answer at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill is getting the much needed experience he needs. If Tannehill was sitting on the bench now, it would only delay his development as a quarterback. Tannehill’s performance on Sunday got a lot of people’s attention. In fact, he’s up for the Rookie of the Week award again. And, NFL.com had some very nice things to say about him here. Tannehill has all of the traits you want in a franchise quarterback and if it takes this season for him to get comfortable in the NFL, so be it…..this investment will most likely start paying dividends in the form of wins, as early as the second half of the 2012 season.