Highs: There aren’t too many, but we’ll single out a few things.
- Lamar Miller had his best game in memory. He might have had more yards at some point in another game, but today he looked sharp. He held the ball tight when he was about to get hit, and he seemed to be running with purpose. Well done.
- Daniel Thomas. He came back to the team just a few days ago and had some impactful plays on Sunday.
- Mike Wallace. For the second week in a row, Wallace’s effort really shows. He’s a hard worker, and I don’t think anyone can attribute his lack of production to Wallace himself. We all know why he isn’t producing more.
- Defense line. 5 (yes, FIVE) sacks and a safety and a recovered fumble. They did all they could to get the Dolphins back in the game, but when they are on the field way too much, there’s only so much they can do.
The Lows. Where to start?
- Joe Philbin. Even before halftime, we knew this was yet another one of those Joe Philbin games. And, boy, were we unfortunately correct. His lack of leadership is more apparent than ever. When was the last time you saw a coaching staff penalized for tripping a referee? Where is the sideline leadership?
- The fans. Look at all the empty seats at game time:
And then again right before the second half:
- Brian Hartline. Wow, talk about a momentum-killing boneheaded penalty that cost his team 15 valuable yards and enabled the Chiefs to begin their ensuing drive with excellent field position. Brian, it was a ONE-YARD dump pass. You were losing the game before you caught it. You were losing the game afterwards. What exactly are you celebrating? Has Joe Philbin taught you guys to celebrate losing? And even if you choose to celebrate, why do so in an extravagant manner? We are very curious about the Philbin-Hartline exchange that occurred right after that. Philbin was unhappy, but it looked like Hartline was jawing back at him, instead of apologizing with his head down in shame. We’ll try to find out what was said.
- Ryan Tannehill. I HATE when T-hill haters say he has zero pocket presence, but after 3 years, I am forced to agree with my anti-Tannehill readers. The sacks he endures are not blindside hits out of nowhere. They are not safeties blitzing through a hidden gap. They are, instead, coverage sacks. The pocket collapses, and Tannehill is the last one to see it. Or feel it. Or even notice it. By the time he begins his escape, it is far too late. Dolphins Truth will no longer fight back when all you guys tell us that T-hill has no pocket awareness. You win.
- Bill Lazor. You cannot fathom how much it saddens us when we have to admit we miss Mike Sherman. Third and inches. Fourth and inches. Lazor calls for T-hill to fade back 8 yards. Attempted passes every single time on third/fourth and inches. Why?
But then on third-and-20 and 1st-and-20, he calls for runs. Ridiculous. Shame on the Dolphins media for telling the fans that Lazor’s offense would be innovative. Or fast. Or good.
- Joe Philbin. Did we mention this unqualified guy yet? Read this. The long field goal attempt during a 0-0 game was the play of the game. The Chiefs seized the momentum, the lead, and the ball game. Thanks, Joe.
- The defense. Yeah, we gave them a high vote earlier, but how can they give up touchdowns to 3rd and 4th string RBs such as Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray. WHO??
Look at this screen capture. Three Dolphins are bearing down on some 2nd or 3rd string Chief. All 3 Dolphins miss. Same old story.
- Joe Philbin. Last week, Philbin spent hours defending his incorrect decision to run out the clock at the end of the 2nd quarter. This week, he used his timeouts. We lost both games. If he was so damned confident last week and kept defending the notion of “Don’t call timeouts when you’re deep in your own territory,” then why did he do it this week?
- Bill Lazor. Lining up Ja’wuan James as a Wide Receiver actually gained us some yards on that play. But none of your basic offensive plays did much. Offense scored 13 points against a winless team.
- The NFL and Stephen Ross. Why did we have to start this game at 4:30? Why not 1:00 like all the other AFC East teams? Oh, that’s right. Mr. Ross asked for this. Why play the game with a heat advantage and time-zone advantage when you can level the playing field for Kansas City?
- Personnel decisions. If Daniel Thomas was good enough to earn more playing time today than Williams and Darqua, then why wasn’t he good enough a few weeks ago when he got cut?
- Ryan Tannehill. Remember that play when Mike Wallace ran out of bounds on a long pass? Regardless of what Wallace did, T-hill still threw a terrible ball on that one. Just brutally terrible.That same play was a 2nd-and-1, and Tannehill rolled out. He had all the room in the world in front of him to run, but instead he wasted a long pass. Terrible decision.
And terrible loss.