The HIGH points:
Mike Wallace made another spectacular touchdown catch. Not since Reggie Bush have the Dolphins had such a skillful, electrifying player. Dolphins fans who keep bashing Wallace and his contract need to stop embarrassing themselves.
Ryan Tannehill threw a lot of short passes today, and nothing seemed quite spectacular. But still it was a high point to see him throw for 4 TDs.
Terence Fede won the game for us. He’ll probably be gone within a few months, but we give him his props here today.
Cameron Wake came alive on the last Vikings drive.
Nice interception by Shelby. That killed a Viking drive.
And now for the LOWs:
Stephen Ross officially confirmed that inept mediocrity will return for a 4th straight season next year. It is such depressing news.
Joe Philbin‘s coaching. For the second straight week, the Dolphins opened the game by getting into opponent territory. They ended up facing a 4th-and-2 in the opponent territory. BOTH times, Philbin chose a long, risky field goal. Both times, the cowardly Philbin refused to go for it on 4th-and-2. BOTH times we were down 7-0 a minute later. Philbin’s mistakes make us angry. But Philbin NOT LEARNING from his same, repeated mistakes makes us furious.
Jarvis Landry has dropped far too many kickoffs and punts this year. He needs to stick to being a WR, and Philbin needs to replace him. We love the kid, but he’s a liability when catching punts and kicks.
Damian Williams. I’m still mad at him for dropping that easy touchdown vs. New England that would have changed the entire game around.
Joe Philbin. At the end of the first half, we had 4th and 2 around midfield with about two minutes to go. Cowardly Joe refused to go for it against the last-place Vikings. Instead he punted to them. Minnesota promptly drove down on us and scored 3 more points. What makes this wrong is this: After the punt, the Vikings were content to just run out the clock to halftime, but Clueless Joe called timeouts. Philbin was trying to hold the Vikings and force them to punt to us (similar to what happened at end of second half). The best that Philbin could hope for is that the Vikes punt and we get the ball back around midfield. What Philbin forgot is that we JUST HAD the ball at midfield BEFORE he punted it.
So Philbin’s plan was to have the ball at midfield. Then punt it to the Vikes. Then try to hold them so that they would punt it back to us. Then get the ball back around midfield.
The KC Chiefs. The Chefs didn’t even try against the Steelers, and their lack of effort got Miami kicked out of the playoffs.
The Buffalo Bills. This sorry, sad team couldn’t even beat the Raiders. Now we stand to finish ahead of them in the standings, which hurts our draft pick and hurts our schedule next year. How on earth does Philbin lose to these bums at least once a year?
Joe Philbin and Stephen Ross. This dynamic duo has doomed the Dolphins for another year. Why is Mr. Ross so incredibly blinded? By the way, I found it hysterical that Greg Cote of the Miami Herald applauded this insane move by Ross. It just goes to show you how many people in the media are afraid to tell it like it is. I don’t blame Cote; he knows that if he criticizes Ross, he’ll be out of a job. But seriously?