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Jarvis Landry: We can’t be an almost team

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Head coach Adam Gase of the Miami Dolphins reacts during the first half against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on September 18, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

In Week One, the Dolphins hung with the Seahawks for almost the entire game and led until there were 30 seconds left to play before losing 12-10.

In Week Two, they almost came all the way back from 28 points down before the Patriots were able to run clock late and then intercept Ryan Tannehill with seconds to play in the game. That iced a 31-24 win for New England that saw the Dolphins offense do nothing early and the defense fail to get off the field late as the team fell to 0-2. After it was over, wide receiver Jarvis Landry said there was nothing positive to take from getting close.

“I hate to say it, but we can’t be an almost team,” Landry said, via the Miami Herald. “We can’t be a team, ‘We almost won. Let’s build off this.’ That [expletive] is over with. Got to find ways to win the game.”

There’s a good chance no one would be talking about almosts after the Patriots loss had Jimmy Garoppolo remained in the game or if Stephen Gostkowski had not uncharacteristically missed a 39-yard field goal with just over a minute to play. As it is, the Dolphins’ focus should be on their miserable start to the game rather than how close they might have come at the end because scrambling back against a third-string quarterback isn’t many people’s idea of a badge of honor.

Losing by a combined nine points in the first two weeks may look better than losing by 40, but 0-2 is 0-2 and the biggest almost for the Dolphins now is that they’re almost at a point where everyone will write them off as having any playoff chances in 2016.

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17 Responses to “Jarvis Landry: We can’t be an almost team”
  1. gridirongoons21 says: Sep 19, 2016 6:58 AM

    damn right say it Landry, it needed to be said !!!!!!

  2. saddolfinfan says: Sep 19, 2016 7:02 AM

    First two games on the road at Seattle and at New England no one looked at that schedule and said maybe we can win those two. Those were losses in July

  3. infectorman says: Sep 19, 2016 7:04 AM

    Shula’s little boys were completely overmatched through the 1st half. It was embarrassing.
    Unprepared, overwhelmed, a full step late, out of position, completely and utterly outclassed.

    All the Miami minions with 17 screen names will have nothing to say except to cry about the team their little fishies lost to.

  4. themiamidolphins says: Sep 19, 2016 7:21 AM

    Playing a third string defense has little to do with Tannehill shredding the Patriots defense in the second half. The defense wasn’t very good in the second half and that is something that needs to be addressed heavily in the draft. The DL is old, there is only one good LB, and the secondary is trash outside of Reshad Jones.

    No one says they aren’t going to address how they started the game, but it’s important to build on what they did in the second half — especially Tannehill. The second half was key because it’s something you wouldn’t have seen in the past with Philbin or Sparano coaching. It’s a sign of progress and that’s what’s important. The halftime adjustments Adam Gase made were unlike anything Philbin or Sparano have made.

    Most Dolphins fans understood before this season that they wouldn’t make the playoffs and they would likely fall to 0-2 (with or without Brady). They’re building for the future and things are finally looking bright.

    Sure, there’s a good chance that it isn’t a close game if Jimmy G. stays in the game. But he got injured — it sucks for him because he was playing so well and you never want to see injuries — but that’s football. Things happen. If you want to play that card, I can just as easily say there’s a good chance the Dolphins score a touchdown on the last play of the game of DaVante Parker actually jumps and makes an effort to come down with the ball. We can argue hypotheticals all day, it doesn’t change anything.

    So yeah, I’ll take the 0-2 and holding our own against two of the top five teams in the league in two of the hardest stadiums to play in. Because it represents progress and that’s what is most important this season.

  5. coachhighscore says: Sep 19, 2016 7:41 AM

    At least Miami knows they have a qb. Come from behind vs Seattle that the defense couldn’t hold. Brings them back vs NE due to the gigantic 1st half deficit the defense put them in and got it to a last play scenario. The rest of the team is not helping Tannehill (except for the OL which has had a big improvement in pass pro). Cameron with a 1st down drop on the first possession for the offense, interior OL with no push on 3rd and short, then Parker drops a deep one down the sideline. The defense can’t get the ball back for the offense thus limiting their chances. Tannehill can’t do it all by himself!

  6. FinFan68 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:53 AM

    I don’t have high expectations this year but I want them to be competitive. A lot of people wrote them off after the first half but I wanted to see how they responded in the second half. I liked what I saw in the second half. They did not give up, showed poise and urgency and regained their composure. I attribute that to Gase. Under Philbin, this game would have likely ended up 40 something to 6.

    Tannehill looked composed and in control and was leading impressive drives. The Ajayi fumble was the only real problem with the offense in the second half. Yes, there was an INT at the end of the game but he had to throw that 50/50 ball to have any chance.

    Defense is the problem. I am not sure whether it is scheme or effort or talent. I suspect it is a combination of the three. They looked better in the second half but they were facing an unprepared rookie 3rd string QB in his first game. That last drive was disappointing as they couldn’t stop Blount when it was badly needed.

    That said, the Pats might already have Brady’s replacement in the fold. Garoppolo looked very impressive until his injury.

  7. helldog33 says: Sep 19, 2016 7:59 AM

    They had no realistic playoff chances before the season began….check out the roster.

  8. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 19, 2016 8:56 AM

    ALl this proves is that defenses don’t take miami seriously after 1/2 of inept play and then go into the dreaded prevent defense which always makes a weak team look like a SB contender.

    MIA also got a couple of really questionable PI calls in their favor. Heck, even affirmed Pat hater Phil Simms went silent for 5 seconds (an eternity in broadcast circles) trying to come up with a comment afte rthe second phantom PI call without flat out confirming that the refs were clearly trying to make this a more interesting game.

  9. chippysbinky says: Sep 19, 2016 8:58 AM

    “… and the biggest almost for the Dolphins now is that they’re almost at a point where everyone will write them off as having any playoff chances in 2016.”
    +++++++++++++

    What do you mean almost? Did any Miami fan besides the troll with all the screen names realistically think the Dolphins were a playoff team with that schedule? Ross has had 5 head coaches in his 8 years as owner. He needs to give Gase a chance to build something.

  10. dolfan131981 says: Sep 19, 2016 9:13 AM

    Playoffs? Youre talking about playoffs? We can’t even win a game…(thank you Jim Mora…you have given me my theme quote for my Dolphins…and for that…I thank you)

  11. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 19, 2016 10:03 AM

    Adam Gase is a good coach, and hopefully Ross lets him have a at least 2-3 years to turn things around. I’m not a Tannehill fan but before you bash the guy, what do you recommend the Fins do? Who else should be the QB? He is a more than serviceable QB in this league making an absurd amount of money, but that’s what the market pays, not his fault.

    Patriots were impressive overall but damn it’s frustrating as a fan to have such a good first half defensively and then get picked apart in prevent zones all second half, dumb. Part of that is a lot of 3 and outs with Jacoby compared to longer drives with Jimmy, but Credit the Fins offense as well. When healthy, Jarvis and Parker look pretty scary at WR.

    The most disappointing thing for me if I were a Fins fan is that DL. C’mon, on paper (and in their bank accounts) this line is crazy. Suh, Williams and Wake against a patch job rookie OL and they can’t muster pressure. What a waste of money.

    Oh well. Hopefully no ones injuries are too serious, injuries suck. What’s up with Foster, dudes soft tissue injuries need to stop, guys a wuss now.

  12. igotgamenj says: Sep 19, 2016 10:07 AM

    Ryan Tannehill needs to get off to better starts, First half drives,,, 3 plays 8 yards, 3 plays 5 yards, 4 plays 6 yards, 2 plays 6 yards fumble, 4 plays 29 yd interception, and 9 plays 77 yards field goal with only 2 third down conversions. Def again left on the field way to long

  13. themiamidolphins says: Sep 19, 2016 10:44 AM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:56 AM
    ALl this proves is that defenses don’t take miami seriously after 1/2 of inept play and then go into the dreaded prevent defense which always makes a weak team look like a SB contender.

    MIA also got a couple of really questionable PI calls in their favor. Heck, even affirmed Pat hater Phil Simms went silent for 5 seconds (an eternity in broadcast circles) trying to come up with a comment afte rthe second phantom PI call without flat out confirming that the refs were clearly trying to make this a more interesting game.

    Fortunately the Internet is a thing and on NFL.com there is a video of every Tannehill pass. A lot of what the Pats were doing on defense in the second half was very similar to what they were doing in the first half. New England didn’t actually go into prevent defense until the final drive in the 4th quarter.

    None of the calls were that bad in this game. In fact, the personal foul for the shot on Edelman was easily the worst call in this game. Phil Simms wasn’t even commentating yesterday so I have no clue what you’re talking about there.

  14. finfansince68 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:22 PM

    Facts are Facts – the Defense Sucked , the Offense was typical & played Catch-Up against a NE Defense that went to sleep in the second half. If Garopollo doesn’t get hurt it’s a HUGE blow-out! Sorry…just don’t see anything to build on –
    Foster is damaged goods, now basically a one dimensional
    Offense which nobody is gonna be scared of AND a Defense that cannot stop the run & cannot stop 3rd and long!
    There’s a saying my Father used to tell me ………..
    ” close only counts in horse-shoes & hand grenades”
    Well said Jarvis Landry…Well said…

  15. controlaltdeletedeletedelete says: Sep 19, 2016 2:09 PM

    How badly would they have lost both of those games if Wilson didn’t hurt his foot, and if Tom Brady hadn’t been suspended plus Kiko Alonso knocking that stupid grin off Garappolo’s face?

    Also, I wonder if Mario Williams is going to use his powers of invisibility to help people, or to make money? I’m going with the latter.

  16. FinFan68 says: Sep 19, 2016 2:10 PM

    igotgamenj says:
    Sep 19, 2016 10:07 AM
    Ryan Tannehill needs to get off to better starts, First half drives,,, 3 plays 8 yards, 3 plays 5 yards, 4 plays 6 yards, 2 plays 6 yards fumble, 4 plays 29 yd interception, and 9 plays 77 yards field goal with only 2 third down conversions. Def again left on the field way to long
    ~~~~~~~~~~
    I agree mostly. That last part is not accurate here. The defense gave up 21 on the first 3 drives when they should have been fresh. The second half saw the Dolphins driving the length of the field most drives yet the defense caved again when a stop was necessary. I don’t really understand it. The last few years when Miami has the lead late and a single stop is needed the defense has looked horrible. I can remember 4-5 games where the offense scored late and then watch the defense blow the lead in the 2 minute drill.

  17. MiamiDolphinsNation says: Sep 20, 2016 5:38 PM

    With Turnoverhill, the dolphins will never be better than
    8-8, this is his last season in Miami.
    Gase had no choice for 2016 but can unload him in 2017 without too bad of a cap hit.🙂

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