I am not going to knock the defense (New England routinely makes people look bad, and we all know we need another pass rusher and several cover guys). I think Croyle has done well for the most part and I feel we are only 2-3 players from having an elite defense (1 DL, 2 DB's).
What was frustrating was watching New England's creativity and our complete lack of it. I understand that Brady is light years ahead of Tannehill at this point. But Brady had at least 5 passes that were pre-determined screens to Woodhead or Welker that went for big yards and slowed down our ability to blitz (as a defensive coordinator it is hard to call a blitz after they have screened you to death).
It lead me to this obvious conclusion that most of us have been saying for 2 years now. USE REGGIE BUSH IN A ROLE HE WILL EXCEL AT. He can run the ball between tackles, but if we could use him just like New England used Woodhead he would have had a huge day. We attempted 2 passes to Bush: The first was deflected by Mayo, or it would have been off to the races down the seem and the second was overthrown or it would have been a touchdown. I don't understand how we don't get him the ball in space more often. On Tannehill's 35 or so passes he never had the simple pass like a screen to Bush that could have hit big. It is tough enough being a rookie with a very limited cast, but to not give him any "easy" passes makes it even tougher.
On a positive note, I did love seeing us use his Mobility on runs later in the year. Great job by Sherman to use just the right amount and Tannehill seemed to learn when to run or buy time in last 4-5 games. Him breaking the pocket and throwing a strike to Matthews was a great play.
I also feel we have more weapons than people give us credit for. We still need serious upgrades at wide-out and tightend and need to figure out what to do with Jake Long (or bring in a replacement, but I feel we have several "versitile players" that could do good things for us next year. Charles Clay as an "H" back will be big next season (more in the role we had Lane this season). I'd also love to see Thigpen be used like a Woodhead if we don't plan to use Bush in that role (which I think would be the smart decision).
Finally Philbin needs to take a page out of Bellicheat's offense in using players in multiple roles. Keeping the same personell on the field and getting guys the ball where they can make plays. Also just one last part of advice. THROW SCREENS!