The Miami Dolphins find themselves in a much better place this week, as they prepare for their second consecutive home game, this time against the Detroit Lions. The last time the Dolphins had a 300 yard passer, a 100 yard rusher and a 100 yard receiver was 27 years ago, and their overall offensive output against the Bears was the fifth highest in franchise history -- and the highest since 1988, when you-know-who quarterbacked the team.
I believe that some of the credit for this should go to first year offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains, who seemed to have the perfect game plan for keeping the ferocious Bears pass Rush at bay and keeping the entire Chicago defense off balance for much of the game. Although he was ranked 32nd and last in the NFL by the oh-so-credible-and-always-impartial ESPN as recently as last season, Loggains redeemed himself in a big way, and may have helped salvage a season that had been teetering on the edge of collapse just two weeks ago. Although Adam Gase apparently calls the actual plays on game day, you know ‘Loghead’ had to have had some input during the week. Although the Dolphins needed overtime to get the Osweiler-Gore-Wilson triumvirate past the 300/100/100 threshold, only Gore needed the extra period to pass the 100 yard mark. Osweiler had 315 yards in regulation and Wilson had more than 150 yards receiving by the middle of the fourth quarter.
Speaking of Brock Osweiler, how about that gangly kid? After months of inactivity and no more than a day or two’s advance notice, he came in and played amazingly well, considering what most of us had expected of him. There are few things in sports as difficult or challenging as playing quarterback for an NFL team; what was most impressive to me was not necessarily his performance, but his demeanor. Throughout the wild swings of momentum during the game, he seemed almost unflappable. Yeah, his two interceptions were ugly as sin, but he also made some great reads and good throws, as well. I don’t want to get into the whole quarterback controversy thing between he and Tannehill; I’m just glad that the Dolphins have two guys who are capable of leading the team, when healthy.