Looking past the German game for a moment, we have a good record and did some remarkable things so far this year. We only lost 3 out of 9 games, so let’s focus on that positive.
We have 8 games to go, and only a few of them are against formidable opponents, meaning that even if we lose to Dallas, Buffalo, and the Ravens, we could easily end up at 11-6. Assume the Bills lose another game in the next 8 weeks, and the AFC East is ours!
Now I cannot avoid the inevitable, and I must write about how Tyreek Hill handed a free win to his team today. I don’t know if his heart is still in Kansas, but our MVP picked a really really bad time to become the Chiefs’ MVP instead.
I’m not even talking about his disastrous fumble that cost us the game. I’m talking about earlier, when Tua threw a perfect pass to him that hit Hill’s fingertips. For the first time in his Dolphins’ career, Hill showed a remarkable lack of effort. He looked like DeVante Parker, refusing to extend, or dive, or make any kind of all-out effort. That one burned me. Berrios or Craycraft make that catch. It’s rare of Hill to give up on a ball, but he did so there, and I must assess him honestly and call him out on it. I guess he didn’t give up, but that desperate burst of extra effort wasn’t there, and it killed us. Dropping that TD against the Eagles hurt too, and makes me question was Hill is at his worst in the big games?
I give mixed grades to Mike McDaniel. He waited too late to make offensive adjustments, but at least he did. Right before halftime, down 14-0, he called an excellent drive. Until he didn’t.
The screen pass that Hill fumbled should never have been called…not when our vertical passing was just beginning to get in sync. We were driving to make it 14-7 and then get the ball back after halftime, and McD should NOT have gotten cute on a screen pass that hasn’t worked in months.
The call itself, combined with Hill’s miscue, sealed our fate.
But I like how we mounted a comeback at least and put some fear into them.
I LOVE how the defense stepped up. Only giving up 14 points to the Chiefs should win you a game every single time, but unfortunately, McD and Hill hurt us today.
Also, I know hindsight is 20-20 and I know I didn’t mention this during the week, but I truly felt this way: McD made an enormous mistake bringing the Dolphins to Europe early. I understand the concept of trying to get acclimated to the time zone and all of that, but there is more to it.
The Chiefs were home practicing while the Dolphins were out touring Frankfurt. All week long, the media was at the Chiefs’ practice facility asking the Chiefs about the upcoming game and how they were prepping for the Dolphins. Meanwhile, the same media were asking the Dolphins about their souvenirs and struedel.
In other words, to sum up why I think McD blew this, he treated this game like a gigantic overseas spectacle, while the Chiefs treated it like an important AFC battle for top seed. You saw the result. Let’s hope McD learns another lesson here.
Sleep scheduling sounds good on paper, but you have to toss that out the window and face reality. The Chiefs showed up for a road game–keeping the same schedule they always do–played the game, and now heading home with a win. Dolphins showed up for vacation and are now heading home sour.