The Miami Dolphins’ off the field distractions, NFL investigator Ted Wells at the facility this week for interviews and suspended guard Richie Incognito’s grievance hearing, also face the monumental task of trying to stop one of the hottest teams in the league on Sunday, the Carolina Panthers.
The Miami Dolphins circled the wagons after two weeks of chaos surrounded the franchise and managed to pull out a victory Sunday afternoon, but even in a victory; the Dolphins still left plenty to be desired by the play on the field.
As the Miami Dolphins story has exploded into the national conscience over the past few days, people inside and outside of the sports world have taken sides. But when it comes to players and former players, most are taking the side of Richie Incognito.
The Miami Dolphins started out the 2013 season with a 3-0 record, but after four straight losses; the team is teetering on the edge of having a once-promising season spiral out of control.
In 2002, the Houston Texans made quarterback David Carr the number one overall pick in the NFL Draft. Carr came to Houston ready to start with the new franchise. Instead, he spent his first year running for his life. The Dolphins are in danger of repeating history with quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The Miami Dolphins pass blocking has been brutal across the board. From bad offensive line play to poor blitz pickup by running backs, it’s all contributed to quarterback Ryan Tannehill getting sacked at a pace that would result in 72 sacks on the season.
The Miami Dolphins brought wide receiver Mike Wallace in to blow the tops off of defenses with deep passing maximizing his speed. Through four games this season, Wallace hasn’t been able to use his speed and the Fins are struggling with the deep ball.
The Miami Dolphins pass blocking has been the focus of much consternation all season long. Monday night’s game won’t do anything to quell much of that talk.
The Miami Dolphins managed to win the first three games of the season with a subpar running game and weak pass blocking. But Monday night, both of those elements came back to haunt the Dolphins as Drew Brees and the New York Saints took the Fins apart in a 38-17 thumping.
The last time the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints were on the field together, the Saints walked out of Sun Life Stadium with a shootout victory, 46-34. Most of the players on the Dolphins side have changed, as have the coaches. But will it be enough to overcome the Saints’ Drew Brees and the team’s vastly improved defense?