The Miami Dolphins went north to face off against the New England Patriots today, and proceeded to play a simply miserable game. Nothing worked for the Dolphins' offense, defense, or special teams, and Miami ultimately lost 28-0. That's the first time since 2010 the Dolphins have been shutout.
It was miserable for the entire 60 minutes today, with the Dolphins giving up 443 yards on the day, while only able to get 256 yards of their own.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who was 20-for-35 for 235 yards with an interception, was sacked a career high seven times. He was also hit eight more times, and at one point, appeared to have his day over when he fell, then staggered his way to the sidelines. He returned and finished the game, but it did not make any difference in the score.
The defense was just as inept as the offense today, with no pass rush reaching Tom Brady most of the game, and players constantly missing tackles. Linebackers Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett, who left the game with a concussion in the second half, were constantly in the wrong place, and the Patriots were able to take advantage of it.
The Dolphins saw Burnett joined by Dimitri Patterson and Anthony Fasano in the locker room throughout the day.
Miami also missed a chance to have a 1,000 yard receiver and 1,000 yard rusher, with Reggie Bush coming up 13 yards shy of his second straight time reaching the rushing milestone. Receiver Brian Hartline had 1,014 yards entering the day, adding 69 today.
The Dolphins now enter the offseason coming off their fourth straight losing season, the first time they have done that since their first four seasons in the league. The team clearly has needs that have to be targeted this offseason, and the debate for that will start immediately.
In the coming days, we will also look back at the season and realize that a 7-9 season, in which we developed a rookie quarterback with minimal dynamic weapons around him, as well as a rookie head coach, was not as bad as it feels today. But, for now, today sucks.