Miami Dolphins hot-seat meter

October, 18, 2013
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The Miami Dolphins (3-2) are coming off their bye on a two-game losing streak.

Here are three people on the hot seat for Miami entering Sunday’s AFC East game against the Buffalo Bills (2-4).

No. 1: RT Tyson Clabo

Analysis: It’s been a rough two weeks for Clabo. Miami’s starting right tackle gave up two big sacks in his last game against the Baltimore Ravens and is among the league leaders with five sacks allowed this season. Clabo has not played up to the level the Dolphins expected when they signed him to a one-year contract in free agency. Miami’s coaching staff put Clabo on notice this week. His play must improve immediately or the Dolphins could consider lineup changes. Backup offensive lineman Nate Garner could be next in line if Clabo struggles this week.

Hot-seat meter (1-to-10): 9

No. 2: Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman

Analysis: Sherman’s play-calling has come into question during the past two losses. The balance and running game on offense has disappeared, and Sherman has made some head-scratching calls lately that has cost the team momentum. Sherman had two weeks to self scout Miami’s offense and figure out what works and what doesn’t. Expect several offensive tweaks against the Bills.

Hot-seat meter: 7

No. 3: RBs Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas

Analysis: Not all of Miami’s running issues can be blamed on the offensive line. The Dolphins running backs also deserve blame for not eluding tacklers and getting the tough yards. Miller has not shown the ability to shake tacklers, and Thomas has struggled in his role as a third-down and short-yardage back. Both players need to do better in their roles regardless of how well the offensive line is blocking. The Dolphins are averaging just 3.7 yards per carry this season. That can’t continue for 16 games if Miami plans on contending for the postseason.

Hot-seat meter: 5.5

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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