The Miami Dolphins once again looked like a bad team in an AFC East game. The big wins over the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans seem so very long ago now. Being blown out by the New York Jets last week means Miami has been swept by the Jets this year, are one loss to the New England Patriots away from being swept by the division this year, and are one loss to anyone away from yet another non-winning season.This year clearly did not go as anyone expected.
As we do every week, this morning we take a tour of the internet to see how the Dolphins are being listed in the latest NFL Power Rankings:
Among the teams that lost Sunday, the Dolphins looked the worst. Chris Ivory's 31-yard touchdown jaunt, during which he broke five tackles, must've upset every fan in Miami. Tim Bowens must've been ticked off. Zach Thomas probably threw his remote at the TV. Louis Oliver likely hit the Bowflex with his anger. John Offerdahl tuned it out before making a spinach dip out of a bread bowl. Not sure how Aubrey Beavers reacted ... basically just wanted to type a sentence with Aubrey Beavers in it. So ... the Dolphins are 4-7.
Hopefully Zac Taylor, the Dolphins' new offensive coordinator, has a play sheet that just says "HAND THE BALL TO LAMAR MILLER." Miller, who is averaging 4.8 yards per carry this season after averaging 5.1 last season, has 12 carries in Miami's last two games. Twelve. The Dolphins are 4-0 when he gets 14 or more carries, and 0-7 when he doesn't. Miller has had 10 or fewer carries in six of 11 games. No wonder Bill Lazor got fired.
The interim coach will have an interim offensive coordinator after Dan Campbell fired Bill Lazor on Monday and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Zac Taylor. At least Campbell still is trying to make things work. But at this point, the competitive portion of the Dolphins' season is basically over.
Tough division loss as this team needs new direction this offseason.
Ndamukong Suh reportedly claimed, "I run this defense." We wouldn't be too eager to take, ahem, credit for that.
Week 12 MVP: Jarvis Landry was the lone bright spot in the Dolphin's somnambulant offense. The wide receiver logged 165 yards and hauled in a touchdown pass.
One thing to know: The Dolphins fired their offensive coordinator following the blowout loss to the Jets on Sunday, but the bigger concern down the road could be Ryan Tannehill's contract.
What are they going to do if they lose to Matt Schaub and the Ravens this week, fire another coach?
This Week: 23
Last Week: 22