It was a must win at home against a 4-7 team and the Dolphins simply choked, losing to the Browns 13-10 to all but officially end their season. The offense was painful to watch and the defense, though very good for most of the day, gave up one long scoring drive that resulted in Cleveland's only touchdown of the day.
Below are three quick thoughts on the loss. Full recap post to follow tomorrow.
- Chad Henne continued his inconsistent ways. Though he played well in consecutive performances dating back to the Tennessee game, Henne could not put together strong performances in back-to-back weeks. His three interceptions were inexcusable - particularly the first one, which should have been a long completion (maybe even a TD) to Brian Hartline if he doesn't badly underthrow him badly. The final interception was what doomed the Dolphins, though. You can say it wasn't his fault. But Henne has got to get the football over the line on that critical third down play. While Henne didn't have much help with his two starting receivers on the sidelines for the second half, you have to seriously wonder about his future in Miami.
- Shaun Rogers owned the middle of Miami's offensive line. The Dolphins badly need upgrades at center and both guard positions.
- Paul Soliai earned a lot of money today, dominating the line of scrimmage. He was the main reason the Dolphins were able to limit Peyton Hillis to just 57 yards rushing.