Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Upon Further Review: Dolphins Week 10
By James Walker
A review of four hot issues from the Miami Dolphins' 22-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday:
New low: Miami's loss to the previously winless Buccaneers is now its worst loss of the season. It trumps the Dolphins' previous home loss to the Buffalo Bills. Miami (4-5) cannot be taken seriously as a playoff contender if it can't beat a winless Buccaneers team in November. Chances are, the Dolphins will be sitting at home in January -- and they have ugly and disappointing losses such as to Tampa Bay and Buffalo to blame.
Saga continues: The Dolphins didn't take care of business on the field, and many layers remain in Miami's huge controversy involving suspended guard Richie Incognito and teammate Jonathan Martin. Both players appear unlikely to return. However, the NFL is fully investigating all parties, and there could be major repercussions if coaches or members of the front office are culpable. Expect plenty of new developments over the next several days and weeks.
Disappearing act: Just when you thought Miami's running game was coming around, it completely disappeared Monday against Tampa Bay. The Dolphins rushed for a franchise-low 2 yards on 14 carries. The losses of two starters -- Incognito and Martin -- certainly contributed to Miami's struggles up front. With neither player likely coming back this year, Miami must stick with what it has up front.
Looking ahead: The games get more challenging for the Dolphins. They have an important two-game home stand against the San Diego Chargers in Week 11 and the Carolina Panthers in Week 12. Both of these homes games will go a long way to determine whether or not the Dolphins are capable of turning their fledgling season around. Miami has lost five of its past six games.