The one good thing is at least the Dolphins played in the most exciting game of the day in front of a huge TV audience, so at least we didn't get embarrassed....but after watching them march into the Red Zone 4 times and kick 4 field goals...it was a little bit of Deja Vu. This is the same thing we've been watching during this entire regime. Anytime we play a tough opponent, we usually hang tough but ultimately lose in the end, because our mediocre QB's can't make those tough throws in the red zone and we settle for FG's. Sometimes the calls are poor as well.
Since this regime took over in 2008, the only non-divisional opponent that finished with a winning record that the Dolphins have beaten was the thrilling overtime victory against the Packers in 2010 (With a Field Goal...go figure!). We're also pretty much guaranteed to have our 3rd straight losing season when we lose one more (probably in New England if not against Oakland), which is the first time this has happened since the 1970 merger.
But there is hope for 2012. When you watch these close losses, you can see that even with some of the other problems like the O-Line, a franchise QB would probably get at least 2 touchdowns out of those 4 red zone trips and we win. Let's just hope this next coaching staff hits big time on whatever QB they draft.
Playing tough and losing close exciting games is better than getting blown out, but it has gotten old, no more accepting that like we did in 2009 against Indy and the Saints. Eventually you have to make the leap to being one of those top teams, and they haven't in these 4 years. It's pretty clear Ross knows this though, just like he knows our best chance to find a big time QB is in the draft, which is why he veto'ed the Kyle Orton trade in the summer.