It was a listless performance that looked more like Week 2, 3, and 4 rather than 5 or 6.
The Dolphin offense fell into its familiar old traps, and Dan Campbell had no answers this time. I don’t even think he tried.
On third and one, when the game was still close, they called a handoff to Miller. He got stuffed and we punted. Okay, so not a bad play call, right? The problem is that they did it from that stupid spread formation that fools NO ONE EVER. That is 100% the fault of Bill Lazor. Campbell hasn’t done a fast enough job of flushing the ghost of Philbin out of the Dolphins.
I am shocked that we didn’t try the same play with a 3-tight-end set. Drive it down the Patriots faces. But no, we tried to be slick with them.
On some plays, we bunched guys together and gave New England some different looks. Those plays were working. But we got away from them.
Campbell left his offensive stars in far too long. It was 36-7, with a few minutes left, and we had T-hill throwing passes and getting crushed. Landry leaped into triple coverage. We can’t have risks like that of guys getting hurt when the game is long over.
Tannehill looked awful. Just awful. He was hurried a bit more than the last few weeks, but for the most part, the protection was decent. He just had a pig of a game at a bad time on the national TV stage, although it’s a small stage with small TV ratings when the league makes teams play in the middle of the week.
When it was still 7-0, the Pats faced a third down. Right before the play, Gronk false started. You could hear Brady on national TV scream at him “God damn it!” THAT is the passion Tannehill needs to capture, but instead, he was back to his dumb looks…shocked that New England was allowed to intercept his passes and play hard, unlike the Texans and Titans the last few weeks. It was a terrible regression.
Meanwhile, the defense lasted as long as it could, but couldn’t stay on the field all night like the offense was making them. Cam Wake blew up his leg and is gone. J’Wuan James is out for several weeks.
Jamar Taylor facemasked a guy before the ball got to him. Should have been hands to the face AND pass interference. The refs didn’t see it. If they had, New England would have scored even more on us.
Our season now is more than likely gone. The Patriots are better than last year, and we couldn’t stay close.
Man, this is demoralizing. It sucks to see cheaters win. It sucks to see Wake and James carted off. It sucks to see Tannehill throw the ball to the wrong team. Just a crappy night all around.
We’ll see what happens next. Another road trip to Buffalo looms in 10 days. The Bills have zero offense, so we have a chance there. But it will be up to these players to shake off the lethargy in a hurry.