So all the Tannehill haters got their wish, and Ryan is done for the year. Matt Moore can make a strong statement next Saturday with a good game vs. the Jets. We still might miss the playoffs (I don’t see us winning in Buffalo), but having a winning season for once would do wonders for everyone.
Man, the Cardinals tried all day to give this game away, and we didn’t take final advantage of it until there was literally one second left on the clock.
On a day when Carson Palmer kept throwing it to the Dolphins and/or kept dropping snaps right in his hands, the Cardinals hung around. Much like the Browns game, if it weren’t for the opponent having a horrible kicker, we lose this game in regulation.
Before getting to anything else, I have to address how atrocious the refs were today. No play better summed it up than when Ryan Tannehill fumbled the snap at the one yardline. Jay Ajayi recovered it. Cardinals’ ball. Huh?
Up until recently, anything goes at the bottom of one of those piles. Whoever had the ball in their possession first was meaningless, because someone strong would wrest it away at the bottom. But all that changed. Case in point was the Cowboys game at Minnesota just a week ago. A Cowboy clearly recovered a fumble, just like Jay Ajayi did. Some mindless strongman Viking at the bottom pulled it away. Vikings’ ball. They reviewed it and gave the ball back to Dallas. Once you recover it and you’re touched, play over.
The identical play happened Sunday afternoon, except since it was Miami and not Dallas, they allowed the play to stand. Inconsistent reffing is worse than bad reffing, and the Dolphins get the brunt of it. Ajayi had the ball under him with both arms around it, and a bunch of Cardinals downing him. Play over.
There were plenty of other ghost defensive holding calls against us. Meanwhile, the Cards, especially former Dolphin Ulrick John, yanked down Cameron Wake on seemingly every play and kept getting away with it. Or the time two different Cards yanked down Jay Ajayi by his facemask and the refs “didn’t see” it. Or the time Tannehill got drilled in the head, asked ref Jerome Boger for the penalty, and Jerome laughed at him. That ref, and his entire crew, needs to sit next year. They were truly that bad.
Matt Darr had some more of his 30-yard punts when we needed him most.
Matt Moore completed his last two passes. Both were horrid, wobbly ducks. But he gets all the credit in the world because he got drilled while throwing both of them. He took two huge hits and completed the pass anyway…although that last one was so lucky that Stills got under it after it floated for 25 minutes up there.
Adam Gase almost got too cute at the end there. If Damien Williams would have stayed on his feet one more second, then regulation expires and we go to OT.
Ronde Barber shows why he is on the D-list of Fox’s announce team. Chris Meyers is not much better. When Ryan Tannehill left the game and was being looked at on the sideline with an obvious ACL, Barber and Meyers were discussing some 4th-string Cardinal DB who might be hurt. Were they even looking at their monitors?
Our MVP today is Cardinal tight end Jermaine Grisham, who took a Dolphin-like penalty to keep a drive alive, and then dropped 2 passes to him (And then Ronde Barber said he was playing great).
Jarvis Landry continues to rack up holding and unsportsmanlike penalties. He even fumbled after running into his own man. They need to reign that kid in.
Mike Hull showed you why he belongs. Kudos to the entire linebacking crew.