Some Dolphins remain optimistic, somehow

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The Dolphins have concluded a three-week stretch of nationally televised games with three losses, punctuated by surrendering 548 yards in a 45-21 loss to the Panthers. And it has sparked something other than pessimism from some members of a team that sunk from 4-2 to 4-5 with losses to the Ravens, Raiders, and Panthers, in games where the Dolphins were outscored 112-45.

“Adam [Gase] said it really well in the locker room, that’s three weeks out of 16,” quarterback Jay Cutler said after the Monday night debacle in Charlotte, via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald. “There’s a lot of football left. The pieces are in that locker room. I truly believe that. I have been around a lot of good teams, there [are] a lot of good guys in there, a lot of talent. And there’s really good coaches. So we just have to get back to work. That’s the only thing we can do. We can’t fold up shop because there’s a lot of football left to play and anything can happen.”

Center Mike Pouncey was similarly delusion. I mean, confident.

“We’re good,” Pouncey said, via Salguero. “You’ve just got to regroup. We still control our own destiny. It’s just we’ve got to win these kinds of football games. It’s the second half of the season and we can’t lose these kind of games. We just put ourselves in a deeper hole, but we’re going to keep working hard and we’re going to get us a win next week.”

Pouncey’s guarantee isn’t much of a stretch, since they get a visit from the Buccaneers in the game postponed from Week One. That game could provide a spark, but then the flame is coming: Pats-Broncos-Pats, followed by Bills-Chiefs-Bills.

The good news is that half of the final six games suddenly don’t look as daunting as they did two weeks ago, thanks to the struggles in Denver and Buffalo. But let’s say they finish 4-3 to go with 4-5. That’s 8-8 — and that’s almost certainly a season without a postseason.

Which once again underscores the downside of a new coach succeeding too quickly. Whether it’s Ben McAdoo in New York or Gase in Miami, a first-year playoff berth results in artificially increased expectations for Year Two. Which can make Year Two look like a lot worse than it otherwise would or should, even if the second season ends up reflecting improvement over the prior regime.

18 responses to “Some Dolphins remain optimistic, somehow

  1. .
    ” but then the flame is coming: Pats-Broncos-Pats, followed by Bills-Chiefs-Bills.”


    To make matters worse, the Patriots, Chiefs and Bills should all be playing desperate, jockeying for playoff position.

  2. Jay Cutler says: “There’s a lot of football left”. Unfortunately for us long suffering Dolphins fans that’s the problem, there is a lot of football left!

  3. Okay! It’s official! We suck! Having said that, let’s move on! We have 7 games left and we can beat everyone except New England and K.C. right now. That’s 4 games that are winnable today! If we win those game, 4 are at home, we end up 8 & 8. Now, that puts us in the mediocre column.

    Pouncey has to assist his fellow offensive linemen in playing better. They are the rotten core of the offense. Give Cutler 3.5 seconds and he will win you same games. Create a few holes for the runners and those average running backs will get you a combined 100 yards. The wide receivers need to watch Landry play. He blocks, he runs he is a winner!

    Suh hasn’t earned his salary! Don’t get me wrong, he is a very good defensive lineman but he cannot take over a football game. He needs to lose some pay. Our linebackers look okay, if you are satisfied with Alanso’s failure to cover receivers. He is getting better and will learn but right now, he is hard to watch in coverage. He tends to make a few arm tackles too. Our secondary, has no turnovers.

    Gase is not a Belichick! He doesn’t call plays very well and I think the players are unimpressed with his style of management. I suppose that he will learn. Next year! Right!

    There are those that will claim that we are a draft away from a good team. Nope! we are always 1 year away. The front office must do a better job too!

  4. The Dolphins have enough talent but that talent does not play well at the same time. It seems every play SOMEBODY screws up something. It is different every time so it is hard to pin down and fix what is obviously broken. IMHO, they have a discipline/attention to detail problem. Many players lack that “I will not be denied” attitude and some have replaced that with “I’m already good enough”.

    I like Cutler and I believe he can get this offense to play well but HE HAS GOT TO STOP THROWING OFF HIS BACK FOOT. He has the worst footwork I have ever seen. Sometimes the rush dictates a less than optimal set for a throw but that is not what is happening. I have yet to see Jay Cutler actually step up into a throw. Most are either while backpedaling or jumping backwards for no reason. His arm strength is the only reason the ball even gets there sometimes but he is often not even close to target. Again, I like Cutler but if he refuses to fix that then I’d rather watch Moore.

  5. Garbage is what we have seen from the Fins. With that said there is still an opportunity to turn things around in their own division. The teams in front of them, the Bills and Pats, play 4 times still. Unlikely they win all 4… but its there.

  6. The dollfins had a soft schedule last year and a tough one this year. They aren’t as good as they looked last season or as bad as they have appeared at times this year. As long as Gase can keep the room from sliding into a losing mentality this could be construed as part of the growing pains that go with turning around a losing culture. In the mean time chip/wib/respectyour/beach/unobjective/etc can always stay busy trolling New England

  7. The off-season imho is when things “start” for a team. Tannebuam didn’t draft well… that’s not a good sign and then the off-season hits you with 3 significant injuries to starters and then hurricane and a cocaine coach. The players never really had a fair shot to succeed. This year is a wash. Pressure bust pipes but it also makes diamonds…we will see who is built for the fire and who isn’t. I don’t think much will change with tannebuam in the front office. Drafting a one dimensional defensive end in round 1 showed his ineptitude. They weren’t concerned about building a team for 16+ games and it shows.

  8. funny like nobody realizes how much Tannehill compensated for the crappy OLine and how good of a deep passer he is. You can knock Tannehill for being a rhythm passer, but so are most QB’s. This season is lost. They really need to fix the OG situation, heck even Pouncey is playing terrible. The Defense looks out of gas, cant blame em

  9. run4cova says:
    November 16, 2017 at 5:53 am
    funny like nobody realizes how much Tannehill compensated for the crappy OLine and how good of a deep passer he is. You can knock Tannehill for being a rhythm passer, but so are most QB’s.
    That’s because many fans listen to Omar Kelley’s ramblings. That guy can’t stand Tannehill and looks for any criticism he can find while only praising in backhanded compliments. Tannehill is by far the best QB the Dolphins have. When he gets time he is quite effective. It’s a shame his knee gave out and I believe this team would have a better record if he were playing.

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