On the eve of the debut of a Bill Parcells documentary on NFL Network, the Miami Dolphins showed that the Big Tuna’s latest reclamation project still has yet to get over the hump.
Habitually sunny analyst Joe Theismann looked hard for something positive to say about the skittish performance of starting quarterback Tyler Thigpen.
“He’s doing a nice job handling all those errant snaps,” Theismann said.
That about summed it up. The Miami offense will get a pass because they had their third-string center and third-string quarterback. Fair enough. But these are the types of games these tough Dolphins should show their mettle. It wasn’t a fight.
Chicago’s line play won battles up front on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins gave up six sacks and held the ball for 22 minutes. Many of Miami’s wounds were self-inflicted, like from Brandon Marshall in the first half before he was hurt.
“The best way I can explain it is that we got ourselves into some situations with some minus plays during the end of the game . . . got behind the chains—that isn’t a good place to be with anybody,” coach Tony Sparano said after the game.
Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams combined for 11 yards on six carries. Ultimately the Dolphins are stuck at 5-5, with road games left at the Raiders, Jets, and Patriots. They look like an average team again, one destined to miss the playoffs.
”You’re back of the pack,” linebacker Cameron Wake said after the game. “You’re mediocre you don’t want to be that. You want to be above average.”