A season that began with such promise has finally come to a slow, painful end at the hands of the New England Patriots. Miami's 38-7 loss to the Pats this afternoon officially ends a season that's been over for a few weeks now.
The next obvious question is what coaching tenures this loss also ends.
Three quick (and painful) thoughts after this loss:
- If this is the kind of effort Tony Sparano gets out of his players when his job may or may not be on the line, that doesn't bode well for the head coach. The players have talked for a couple weeks now about how they like playing for Sparano - even defending him and his coaching staff. But actions speak louder than words. And now I'd actually be surprised if Sparano returns. If today's effort is any indication, Sparano might have finally lost the locker room. That would be the ultimate indictment of Sparano. I don't know how this will turn out. Sparano will reportedly meet with owner Stephen Ross in the coming days. But it probably doesn't look good.
- Chad Henne. Then Tyler Thigpen. Then Chad Henne. Then Tyler Thigpen. Bottom line? Dolphins don't have a good starting quarterback on the roster. And that's the single biggest issue right now. Not Sparano or Dan Henning. And no coaching change will suddenly fix the real problem.
- Other obvious problems? The offensive line is a mess. Today's effort by the unit was a complete joke. Chris Clemons is proving to either not be ready or just isn't starting material. He got beaten for two scores today. The offense has no play-makers outside of Brandon Marshall (and Davone Bess at times) - and no speed at all. And both Sparano and GM Jeff Ireland are to blame for this.