Boy, there are few highs, but we’ll start with Jake Stoneburner, who had a nice touchdown catch for our only score of the second half. I saw it coming a few plays prior, as he was being used as a decoy prior and set up the Jags.
Rishard Matthews. A few nice catches have made him quite reliable.
Jelani Jenkins. Showed heart and was all over the place making tackles.
Jared Odrick. He had a wonderful game and showed how valuable he is to his team. Clearly he was the best defensive end on the field today. Oh, wait…
Now the LOWS:
I’m starting with my first-ever low for Brent Grimes. Right before halftime, the announcers were saying that Jacksonville should just run out the clock because they just weren’t good enough to move the ball to score. Blake Bortles then immediately proved them right by throwing a pass that hit Brent Grimes in the numbers.
Grimes dropped that easy pick-6, and Bortles never looked back. A terribly costly mistake by Grimes. A rare mistake, but a killer.
Walt Aikens. His hands-face penalty negated a sack and extended the Jax drive that ended up pinning us back. If Aikens doesn’t get his hands up, you gotta figure we get good field position and kick a game-winning field goal, instead of Jax kicking it.
Bill Lazor. Absolutely nothing new or original or fast-paced or exciting about the plays this year. So hard to tell if Philbin is throttling his play calling, or if Lazor himself is this vanilla. When plays did work, Lazor only tried it once and moved on. Why stop throwing to Jordan Cameron? Why not throw screens or pitches to Landry? Those plays were big early on, but then abandoned. And at the end of the game, the spike on 2nd down killed us. If you have your team at the line of scrimmage, run a play. Never give the D a chance to regroup. “Same play on one.” Is that so hard to call? How about the practice squadder who came in, and we never went his way once. It’s as if Bill Lazor were too polite to pick on the newcomer, so he threw away from him all second half. Awful play management today.
Kong Suh. He’s done nothing in two weeks.
Olivier Vernon. A stupid penalty didn’t hurt as much as you think. without Vernon’s penalty, Jax kicks a 43-yarder for the win instead of 28 . But Vernon doing nothing all day long lands him on the list here.
Ryan Tannehill. His lack of pocket presence was on full display today. I don’t expect him to escape the blindside attacks, but when he DOES see the rush coming, he is just horrible at avoiding it. Far too slow with his deliveries too. Not to mention the pass where Jennings’ defender fell down and Jennings was wide open…Tannehill threw it 40 yards over his head. And at the end, you shouldn’t need guys up in the announcer booth to tell you to throw it to your best player. Landry was sitting all alone, but T-hill never even thought to look. Mental mistakes are worse than bad throws.
Jason Fox. He got burned often, late in the game when we needed him most.
Andrew Franks. His first NFL miss was a huge one, as it was the difference in the game. Meanwhile, the Jag kicker nailed one from 58 yards.
The Dolphins executives. Whoever decided we needed Davante Parker instead of a defensive back or offensive lineman? Parker is a first round benchwarmer who’s done nothing. We already have five other really good WRs, but we only have one or two good offensive linemen and only one good CB. But the way, whoever decided that Jared Odrick was expendable should be looking for a job tomorrow. And boy was Mike Wallace missed. I guarantee you one thing…if some practice squad bum cornerback comes into the game, Mike Wallace would be demanding the ball against him.
Greg Jennings. Philbin’s old Green Bay pal dropped an easy pass in the first quarter that killed a drive and forced us to go for three. Didn’t think much of it at the time, but that drop and those potential four points cost us the game.
Jamar Taylor. Another terrible penalty early in the game kept our D on the field and led to Jags’ first touchdown. That came back to haunt us just as much as the decision to keep Taylor on the team
J-wuan James. A few costly penalties that stalled not one but several different drives.
I WANT to put Philbin on this list, but I see a lot of player-execution errors that I do not blame the coach for. Is it Philbin’s fault that the players had no passion against one of the worst offenses in the NFL? I mean, the Jags are an embarrassingly bad team who just made us look even worse. How can Philbin have no answers? Ask Brent Grimes or Walt Aikens.
Punt return team. Landry had no room to run all day. We needed one block to spring him a few times, and it never came.
Stephen Ross. He assembled the executive team who hired this NFL team who lost to a j.v. team from upstate. How can we compete with the superior teams when we cannot beat the lousy teams?