The Miami Dolphins were dominated for 60 minutes in a Week 15 meeting with the San Diego Chargers on Sunday, an event that does not even rate the term "contest." It was ugly from the start for the Dolphins, and it never got better. The Chargers outplayed Miami in every facet of the game, and it was no where near as close as the blow out 30-14 score indicates.
Below, you will find out good, bad, and ugly for the Dolphins from this weekend:
There are only two more games this season.
Honorable mention to Reshad Jones (7 tackles, 1 interception, 1 lost fumble) and Olivier Vernon (11 tackles, 0.5 sacks, 2 tackles for a loss) who both played well.
Ryan Tannehill was inconsistent again, and the Dolphins offense as a whole could not do anything against San Diego. The Dolphins had six three-and-outs during the game. Seven of the team's first eight possession ended with a punt - and the one that did not ended the first half. The Dolphins picked up 231 yards of total offense on Sunday, compared to the 442 yards for the Chargers. Tannehill did not throw an interception, but he did not throw for a touchdown either. Miami gained 82 of their offensive yards on the 14-play drive, ending with a Tannehill touchdown run, in their final possession - when the game was already way out of hand. Tannehill has gotten good at picking up stats in garbage time this year, but he has to find a way to move this offense earlier in the game.
Depth. As in, the Dolphins do not have any. Earlier this season, we discussed on a Phinsider Radio episode if the Dolphins have talent. I said then, and believe now, the Dolphins have good top end talent. What they do not have yet is what killed them in this game. Depth. There just is not that second level in which a player can be trusted to come and play well enough to help the team. Branden Albert was injured and Miami had to turn to Ulrick John. Dallas Thomas then was pushed out to left tackle when John failed to block anyone, and Thomas did much of the same. Then Thomas was moved back in to guard and John back to left tackle when Mike Pouncey was injured and Jamil Douglas was needed at center. There is no depth to this team, and there is no excuse for that. Miami has to spend this offseason making sure that they fill the holes on the starting lineup and building up their depth behind them.