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Jets end the Dolphins’ season


The Dolphins will not be going to the playoffs.

Miami entered the day with a strong chance of winning a Wild Card in the AFC, but they were shut out after a second quarter touchdown and lost 20-7 to a Jets team that will end the season ahead of the Dolphins in the AFC East. Reports out of New York are that Ryan was likely to return for the 2014 season before this game kicked off and the team did nothing to hurt his cause on Sunday.

The defense intercepted Ryan Tannehill three times — two by first-round pick and frequent subject of Ryan praise Dee Milliner — in the second half to keep the Dolphins off the scoreboard. The second pick came by safety Ed Reed off the hands of Dolphins wideout Marlon Moore, which may mark the final interception of a long career that often saw such balls pinball their way into his grasp.

Geno Smith avoided turnovers for the second straight week while running for a touchdown and completing 17-of-27 passes for 190 yards. The Jets played loose, Sheldon Richardson ran for a touchdown and Bilal Powell threw for a 30-yard completion to tight end Jeff Cumberland, and that made them a giant spoiler.

Things won’t be so loose around Miami after the offense scored seven points across the final eight quarters of the season against two division rivals that aren’t going to the playoffs. Tannehill wasn’t sacked on Sunday, but that didn’t make the offense click any better than it did in Buffalo last week and those three picks are killers. Losing wide receiver Brian Hartline to a knee injury early didn’t help, but that won’t excuse some harsh scrutiny for missing such a golden opportunity this season.

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  1. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Dec 29, 2013 4:02 PM

    Steelers are doing what we told you all along. You just never listened.

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Dec 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    A pathetic effort by the Dolphins. With the playoffs in their grasp, they choked. Philbin and Ireland should be fired.

    How do you lose at home to the Jets with the playoffs at stake?

  3. marcuswelby1 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:04 PM

    Dolphins offense is horrendous…7 points over last 8 quarters!
    Changing of the guard? I don’t think so.

  4. jonirocit says: Dec 29, 2013 4:06 PM

    Clean house

  5. jonirocit says: Dec 29, 2013 4:06 PM


  6. mmmulligan says: Dec 29, 2013 4:06 PM

    Geno played the definition of smash mouth football today.

  7. ryann252013 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:07 PM

    Go Rex! That’s our coach! The fans and players love him!

  8. ecupatsfan12 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:07 PM

    This pats fan wants to congratulate the jets and Rex Ryan for the game today. Rex has turned a corner as a coach and a person. Geno made some great throws and managed the game wonderfully. The fins deserved to miss the playoffs…Tanny missed a lot of throws and the OC did a horrible job play calling..I don’t think they ran a single bootleg/screen/rollout pass the second half. I’m on board with philbin but Ireland needs to go

  9. bigbenownsthenfl says: Dec 29, 2013 4:07 PM

    Steeler nation baby! Lets go chiefs!!!

  10. ghjjf says: Dec 29, 2013 4:07 PM

    Its time for mike sherman to “go go”!

  11. gadzod says: Dec 29, 2013 4:08 PM

    The Miami DoLOLphins scored only 1 more TD than I did the last two weeks….

  12. willnit says: Dec 29, 2013 4:10 PM

    Good. Another team nobody wanted to see has been eliminated.

  13. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 4:10 PM

    Philbin should be on the hot seat just like Schwartz. A playoff spot was served up on a platter for them and they choked with it on the line, along with the Martin/Incongnito mess. Jeff Ireland and Mike Sherman need to go at the very least. But it should be business as usual with the same cast of characters in South Beach this time next year.

  14. kilo0986 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:10 PM

    So all we need is Sam Diego to lose.


  15. orivar says: Dec 29, 2013 4:11 PM

    They need to work on their offense. Picking up Mike Wallace really wasn’t a good move for a team that sucks at passing. How many times has he been over thrown this season?

  16. imonfire2niteoyeah says: Dec 29, 2013 4:12 PM


  17. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:14 PM

    So much for taking over the AFC East, at least for another year.

  18. craniator says: Dec 29, 2013 4:14 PM

    There are at least two things in the NFL that haven’t changed over the past twenty years: the Vikings’ secondary is always porous and the Miami Dolphins absolutely , positively cannot beat the teams in their own division , regardless of the teams’ respective records.

  19. dr227 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    8-8 with THAT roster….wow

  20. 954dolphins says: Dec 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    Time to clean house, the coaching staff is awful. Everyone knows go = pass and go go = run, even on play action. This isnt little league big boys figure that stuff out.

    We go from controlling our own destiny, facing 2 teams with nothing to play for and we manage 7 points across 2 games. Philbin sherman ireland and everyone need to be fired tonight this is not acceptable

  21. danmarinos1stlovechild says: Dec 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    WOW!!! Tannehill choked nasty!
    Whats the point of beating the Steelers and the Patriots if your just gonna turn around and lose to the Bills and the Jets?!?!?
    I hope Tannehill works on his fundamentals and accuracy, becuase right now he’s halfway decent and as we all know halfway decent is no where near good enough!
    I also pray they fire Ireland.

  22. lrjets says: Dec 29, 2013 4:16 PM

    Except for fan ckw…..most of the Dolphin trolls came here since last off season mericlessly attacking the Jets .


    Karma is something else. At least your not winning a playoff game this century is still intact.

  23. blacknole08 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:18 PM

    This is typical of the Dolphins. At 8-6 they just needed to win one more game and they blew it. Offense only managed 7 points in 8 quarters. Tannehill is just too inconsistent. Just terrible.

  24. qweststrike2008 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:19 PM

    Shoulda brought Ritchie back, he would’ve toughened these guys up

  25. revischrist16 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:21 PM

    Rex is back for 2014!

  26. bowden5000 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Ireland gone. Sherman gone. Coyle and Philbin should not feel comfortable either. Just a complete embarrassment.

  27. hdahs143 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Anyone laying the blame on Tannehill is clueless. He definitely did not play well. But what happened to Miami’s defense? Other than Grimes, Wake and Vernon, they are putrid. I mean Geno Smith moved up and down the field, basically at will.

    Sherman needs to go. I’ve been in Irelands corner, because when you really examine the players he’s acquired, and passed on, he is ahead of the pack. But he has no influence on how the players perform. That’s coaching.

    But I will say the swapping of Dansby and Burnett, for Ellerbe and Wheeler was a step backwards, and a big part of why a very strong run defense, was just awful this year.

  28. realfootballfan says: Dec 29, 2013 4:27 PM

    Also, impressed how Milliner bounced back to end the season. Apparently, Ed Reed, who everyone laughed at the Jets for signing, has had a good influence on the young man, and it’s showing in his play.

    Rex Ryan deserves Coach of the Year if Bruce Arians doesn’t get it for what he whipped up with this team that was projected as a top 3 worst roster in football.

  29. mcrummel says: Dec 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    Can the owner get terminated?

  30. rubenxx7 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    just like the lions. philbin mite not be the answer after all.

  31. finfodder says: Dec 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    What a disaster this team is. No heart, no grit, no team leadership.
    There was absolutely no intensity from this team all game long. No need to mention last week as well. Crucial dropped passes (again), poor blocking, bad tackling. Defense seems to forget that tackling involves wrapping up and not just trying to knock people down with shoulder hits. Too many guys just mail it in every week, it’s just gut-wrenching to watch as a longtime fan.

  32. omegalh says: Dec 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    People think Jets fans hate the Pats the most.

    Its all about making the fins suffer. J E T S!

  33. z06vision says: Dec 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    How did Wallace do with the ball falling thru his hands in the end zone? The dolphins paid way too much for him.

  34. umrao1 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    Not a Jets Fan…. But Rex has 9 lives honestly. Smartest move they made was not having Dirty Sanchez playing this year.

  35. jcampol says: Dec 29, 2013 4:36 PM

    At the very least the entire coaching staff should be fired. Everyone is up in arms about losing to the jets and bills. Problem is this team is no better than either of those teams! We have more talent but absolutely 1000x worse coaching!!!! Fire philbin and Sherman now

  36. sod61 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dolphins could not run the ball, protect the passer, or connect on numerous opportunities on open deep routes to Wallace on offense. On defense they could not stop the run, generate a consistent pass rush, and got absolutely horrendous linebacker play all season. Hence an 8-8 season. Been a fan since 1970 and have to admit it gets tougher to stay one each year. Coined the SOD moniker(Same Old Dolphins) about 10-12 years ago and thought I might be able to retire it this year. Oh well. I am willing to be patient one more year for continuity sake, but anything less than Tannehill moving into upper half of Qbs and a playoff berth should trigger another housecleaning.

  37. dolfan72 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:45 PM

    I am not going to rest until Stephen LOSS fires Joe Philbin AND Jeff Ireland! FIRE JOE PHILBIN! FIRE JEFF IRELAND! G-O-N-E! GONE! GONE! GONE!

  38. bunkerhillbob says: Dec 29, 2013 5:27 PM

    One of these days the Patriots won’t be the champs of the AFCE, but not this year. The Fins aren’t ready, yet, and the Jets are still working on things, so the Pats are still the cream. Bills are improving, too, so the old Division is getting better. Glad to see Rex staying with the Jets, too; he’s a decent Coach. Anyway, Fins need to get a lot better before they think they’re the Patriots; one lucky win doesn’t make them have a champion’s heart. Don Shuler is not walking through that door, Fish friends!

  39. doe22us says: Dec 29, 2013 5:39 PM

    Miami won of-season champion, but as we have all seen that doesnt translate to super bowl champions.. Talk about choking.

  40. RexCanCoach says: Dec 29, 2013 5:41 PM

    Best win of the season. Chew on that Fish fans all offseason.

  41. brooklyn40niner says: Dec 29, 2013 5:46 PM

    Well deserved Karma for a franchise that refused to support a player that was a victim of abuse and trauma inflicted by a fellow teammate.


  42. footballer4ever says: Dec 29, 2013 5:49 PM

    London Dolphins, anyone? šŸ˜‰

  43. doggeatdogg says: Dec 29, 2013 6:04 PM

    The fact that Shula is coming out campaigning for Philbin to keep his job should be a hint he is not as secured as first thought.

    The truth is that Ross has no professional football acumen whatsoever and has no one to advice him on the team. The man is lost. He is a NY businessman who lives in NY. Maybe he thought he could move the Dolphins to NY once he purchased the team, who the hell knows.

    He is so far removed from this team it took a scandal to mobilize him to look a little closer into the dysfunction. One thing these fans will never settle for is perpetual desolation like other fan bases. They are already fickle and they don’t care.

    Miami fans should respond quid pro quo. Put the same product on the field and he is going to have to petition those Jets fans, those NY transplants that occupied the stadium today to go and support his team.

    That Dolphin team was in no condition to go to the playoffs as much as I wanted them to. Hopefully with a smart GM and a professional football coaching staff they will in the future. But those people are not currently employed by the organization today.

  44. dolphins4 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:10 PM

    You don’t build a winner by signing over priced cast offs you win by drafting well.Also this offensive line is the worst in the NFL that makes the young QB and running backs look bad and the defense couldn’t stop anybody.

  45. finatic001 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:25 PM

    The dolphins once again get my hopes up and then they get shot down by crappy play. Jeff Ireland stinks no matter what he does, it turns to dust at the end of the season. All that money we spent and we are one game better than last year!!!!

  46. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Dec 29, 2013 6:29 PM

    Wow. That Miami death spiral was epic! They couldn’t beat two teams down the stretch that had nothing to play for? Both with rookie QBs? And at home against the Jets, With 4 ProBowlers on their roster?

    Absolutely Pathetic!

    So now Rex is no longer a lame-duck coach and Philbin has every Dolfan calling for his head…

    What a difference a few weeks make, huh?!

  47. cwk22 says: Dec 29, 2013 6:57 PM

    As a FinFan I always made objective comments on these posts. And I do so again today. Hats off to Rex. And fire ALL of the Dolphins staff and GM!!!!!

  48. beachsidejames says: Dec 29, 2013 7:08 PM

    When the Fins needed a win most they got beat by a nobody qb who played at Duke one week then followed that up by losing to a guy that came into the game with 12 td’s and 24 int’s. and I don’t recall the anouncer today call Wake’s name with a sack,Odrick, Starks, Solei, Vernon, Misi or that #3 draft pick we had to move up to get Jordan. The only time I heard Solei’s name was when the Jets guy one arm barred him on his butt. All I can say for Miami is its a good thing Chris Bosh hit that 3 pt bomb last nite cause without that ..You got nothin Miami. Dolphins are a bunch of girl scouts!

  49. fishyinalittledishy says: Dec 29, 2013 7:50 PM

    At least we haven’t got to go through that again for another 8 months. That’s all Folks last one out turn the lights off.

  50. mcrummel says: Dec 29, 2013 7:50 PM

    Scott Pioli for GM. Has anyone noticed the talent on the Chiefs?

  51. keepyerstickontheice says: Dec 29, 2013 7:51 PM

    They had two “VERY WINNABLE” games to go to get into the playoffs, and lost them both. Badly.

    ‘Cause they’re the Dolphins.

  52. billsfan1 says: Dec 29, 2013 7:53 PM

    Guess you can’t win the Super Bowl in the pre season..

  53. cuda1234 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:04 PM

    Richie Incognito, Miami’s pro bowl LG, could have helped Miami make the playoffs but the idiots running this once-proud franchise decided they didn’t want to go. What a joke!

  54. dutchman45 says: Dec 29, 2013 8:55 PM

    Miami got a major league deserved beat down. Tired of hearing all week from the idiots who host radio shows how tHe dolphins would rule the day. Only smart one is Sid Rosenberg. Oh he is from Brooklyn! Figures

  55. cantonbound13 says: Dec 29, 2013 9:48 PM

    Ireland & Sherman need to go now!

  56. pantsfreezone says: Dec 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    3rd and 4, throw a backwards screen pass.

    4th and 1, run a deep outside pitch.

    Mike Sherman is a terrible Offensive Coordinator.

    Also, not sold on Tannehill. I think he’s slow in decision making, poor on reads and progressions and has the pocket presence of a moose.

    I don’t know what to say anymore. I don’t think Ireland can be blamed for everything, but I wouldn’t shed a tear if they can everyone.

  57. pantsfreezone says: Dec 29, 2013 10:03 PM

    Also, I’m sort of glad the Jets won.

    Keeping Rex Ryan means the Jets will be hot garbage for at least another year or two.

  58. drewzducks says: Dec 29, 2013 10:38 PM

    They got bullied up and down the field at home by the Jets of all teams. That was such a beating they could feel it all the way up in Virginia. Just like the bumper sticker used to say, “Virginia is for Losers”.

  59. hdahs143 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:54 PM

    sod61 says: Dec 29, 2013 4:43 PM

    Dolphins could not run the ball, protect the passer, or connect on numerous opportunities on open deep routes to Wallace on offense. On defense they could not stop the run, generate a consistent pass rush, and got absolutely horrendous linebacker play all season. Hence an 8-8 season. Been a fan since 1970 and have to admit it gets tougher to stay one each year. Coined the SOD moniker(Same Old Dolphins) about 10-12 years ago and thought I might be able to retire it this year. Oh well. I am willing to be patient one more year for continuity sake, but anything less than Tannehill moving into upper half of Qbs and a playoff berth should trigger another housecleaning.
    Tannehill is already in the top half of the league in yards and TD passes.

  60. phinfan527 says: Dec 29, 2013 10:56 PM

    No Superbowl now for basically 30 years. When you are mediocre you play like it, and you settle for it. As a Phins fan may I say the Phins are a gutless bunch of clowns. Ireland go chase yourself and go away. You move to the 3rd pick in the draft and what did anyone hear from Dion Jordan this year?!! Nothing!! Great call. I hope heads roll after this loss. The pathetic Planes had the same freaking record. Hope you are all proud. This franchise sucks!!

  61. dynaco says: Dec 30, 2013 6:16 AM

    pantsfreezone says:
    Dec 29, 2013 10:03 PM
    Also, Iā€™m sort of glad the Jets won.

    Keeping Rex Ryan means the Jets will be hot garbage for at least another year or two.

    Well said !!!
    In fact i hope the Jets sweep Miami every year. Maybe that will teach them for keeping such hot garbage? LOL

  62. haywoodjablomee says: Dec 30, 2013 9:10 AM

    Hey Steeler fans, let me pull up a chair next to us Dolphin fans and let’s watch the playoffs together.

  63. micknangold says: Dec 30, 2013 12:51 PM

    Same old Dolphins.

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