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The Miami Dolphins lost to the Arizona Cardinals last Sunday, but also gave Dolphins fans plenty of reasons to celebrate. From rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to cornerback Sean Smith, and from wide receiver Brian Hartline to defensive end Cameron Wake, things are looking up for Miami.
By now, everyone knows all about the Miami Dolphins' Week 4 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The Dolphins dropped their second straight game in their second straight overtime period in the second straight game that they dominated. But, that last part is the key to what Miami fans need to remember as the team moves forward.
The Dolphins dominated that game. They completely controlled everything about that game, and just need to learn how to put a team away. A team with a rookie quarterback, the "worst receiving corps in the league," and a secondary that "traded away it's best player," dominated an undefeated team, and should have won the game. It's games like these that will develop a young team, with a rookie head coach, and turn them into a dominating force in the future.
So, while today hurts, tomorrow will be awesome.
We've all heard the stats. All week, we've posted them here on the site. Ryan Tannehill set a rookie franchise record for passing yardage in a single game, as well as the rookie single game completions record, passing Dan Marino in 1983 on both counts. Brian Hartline set the single game receiving yardage record. Cameron Wake came up half a sack short of the team's single game sack record. The team as a whole had eight sacks, one shy of the franchise record for team sacks in a game.
Add in Sean Smith's career day with two interceptions, and the Dolphins defense holding Arizona to 28 yards rushing on 15 attempts (1.9 yards per carry average), and the Dolphins really were dominant all day.
Of course, the win is the most important thing every week. But, when you can perform like that, a loss really is not as painful as it felt on Sunday night. Now it's just a matter of letting the team learn how to win games rather than letting them slip away.