Today's game can be best described when we look at the play of Davone Bess. In the game's first series Bess dropped the first pass of the game, and on the third play he turned the wrong way on short pass that would have netted a first down. After the Dolphins were down early because of a botched punt attempt that gave the Patriots the ball inside the red zone, the Dolphins went three-and-out with another dropped pass by Bess. The only pass caught by Bess for the entire game was a 13-yard reception on 3rd down, when the Dolphins need 14 yards for a first down. Bess had one catch for 13 yards and was targeted six times. And so it went for the Miami Dolphins.
Jake Long went out in the first quarter. Jonathan Martin moved over to the left tackle position with Garner playing in Martin's right tackle position. An MRI is scheduled for Jake Long on Monday, but the word coming out of Miami doesn't look good for his return for the remainder of this year. It appears that we will see if Martin can hold down the left tackle position. If he does the Dolphins at the very least will save themselves some cap space. This writer believes it's time to cut bait with Jake Long and let him walk. His injuries continue to add up, he is not able to play at the level he did in the past, and he most likely never will again.
Seems that there are fans out there that felt the Dolphins played halfway decent today. I am not one of them. We can take solace that the Patriots didn't clobber us as they have everyone else for the past three weeks. We at least kept them under 47 points which is what they averaged for the last three games. To me it was another loss in a game filled with mistakes both mental and physical, even though the score was kept down by our defense. The offense once again took a sabbatical scoring only one touchdown.
I suppose technically we are not out of the playoffs, but once again we sit at the bottom of the AFC East. We have played four games in our division having won only one game against the Jets. So basically, they can stick a fork in us. We are done for another year. Very disappointing.
I'll try to close this on a positive note. We have two more winnable games. I'd like to see us put those two games in the win column. Which would give us a seven win season.