It’s a pleasure to have so many Highs and so few Lows this week.
Ryan Tannehill played great.
The offensive line was stellar. I love the forgotten plays, like Samson Satele racing down the field to recover Tannehill’s fumble. In the past, that was EXACTLY the type of play that the opponent always recovered. Now we are making our own luck.
Jarvis Landry is doing some great things. I love being wrong about him! I was against drafting him in the 2nd round, and I admit how wrong I was now.
The entire defense. An A++ performance all the way around.
The coaching. Every since Joe Philbin handed a free victory to the Packers, since then he has stayed out of the players’ way and let them play. 3 wins in a row prove what happens when you don’t over-coach.
When we led 20-0 right before halftime, I wasn’t fully confident that we would win. The Chargers are easily capable of putting up 21 to 24 points in a half. So I really really wanted to be up 23-0 at the half. 23-0 requires three touchdowns-Plus to beat you. 20-0 requires less effort. 23-0 would have been great. But then came Caleb Sturgis, the Missing Machine. He is a liability. I am shocked that Philbin has not called in another kicker for a tryout.
Dion Jordan played against San Diego’s starters early on, and he did nothing. He later played against San Diego’s scrubs, and he did nothing. On special teams, he did nothing. Do you see a pattern here?
The second-string offense didn’t show much. Granted, they didn’t have to show much, but still, guys like Nate Garner, Matt Moore, and others are one injury away from being starters, and it looked like they weren’t ready. Damien Williams should have ran right through the 3rd string defense that San Diego had out there late, but the blocking wasn’t there.
And finally, this isn’t really a low, but I want to point out that San Diego played pretty low itself. Yes, Miami deserved the win, but the Chargers helped give it away. The 4th down call really helped us. But the play of the game was when Rivers needed 4 yards, and he slid at 3 yards.
Rivers is tough as nails, and he didn’t slide early on purpose to avoid a hit. He doesn’t play that way. His early slide was a mistake on his part. He had that first down easily, and it might have been a whole different ball game. Miami got a little lucky there, and we will take it!
NOTE ON THE TV ANNOUNCERS:
Dan Fouts is usually pretty fair and I think he respects the Dolphins, unlike when Steve Tasker calls our games. But one call Fouts made that was ludicrous was when Landry picked up a first down, and Fouts claimed that Mike Wallace made an illegal pick. I rewinded that play 5 times, and no way did Wallace pick anyone! Wallace simply ran from right to left, and some Charger held onto him the entire way. I think Fouts played favorites a little bit on that call, but otherwise he was fair.
P.S. It is still painful to watch footage of the Dolphins-Chargers 1982 playoff game. I knew it was coming, and it came!