From The Armchair: Miami Dolphins Week 5
Final score Baltimore 26- Miami 23.
The Dolphins are well on the way to being 8-8 this season. Which, over the summer would have looked and sounded pretty good to me, now after a 3-0 start followed by an *ss whooping from the Saints, and a self inflicted beating yesterday by the Ravens, I'm more than disappointed. Side note, (Did the Ravens not get the pink memo?), anyway, I really don't know how much more Tannehill's body can take. Dolphins are on pace to give up 77 sacks this season. The O line. Ugh. Non existent running game, receivers dropping more balls than a veterinarian on a spay and neuter crusade. $$ Wallace picked up 99 yards in the first half, and only 6 in the second half.
Bye week could not come at a better time, we need to regroup, let Cam Wake heal that knee. Coach Philbin had the following to say, and herein lies the true problem.....HIM.
RE: The spike with under 1 minute to go, resulting in a loss of down and the following play, SACK.
“I thought it was the right thing to do at that point in time,” Philbin said. “It was in bound completion, the clock is moving, we felt we had a couple clean plays that we could execute well to move the ball into scoring position.”
Philbin was asked again if he stood by the call.
“I do,” he said. “I was the one who made the call.”
Philbin defended his team’s performance, saying “we didn’t play well in the third quarter but we came back, made it a competitive game. Ultimately we didn’t make enough plays to win the game.”
When asked if he will contemplate any coaching changes during the bye week, Philbin gave a one word answer: “No.”
When asked if he will consider playing Nate Garner or Danny Watkins to help fix an offensive line that is giving up sacks at a record pace, Philbin said “we believe in the guys that we have.”
“We have confidence in them,” he said. “I know we have work to do, guys need to improve fundamentally. It’s not just the offensive line position. I know that’s a huge focus and we do have to develop and improve there but other positions we do need to improve and other individuals. We need improvement in a wide variety of areas.”