While the referees stopped the game so that Patrick Mahomes could be fitted for a new helmet and then called Wilkins for roughing when he tapped Mahomes, and while the NFL allowed the Buffalo Bills to get an extra day of practice and rest because of some cold weather, the Miami Dolphins received no such unfair advantages.
They then proceeded to go out and end their own season.
Okay, so right off the bat, I’m not blaming the NFL or the refs for this loss. Our offense has been dead in the water since Black Friday, and no one came up with any innovation at all. No one stepped up. No one even LOOKED LIKE they wanted to stand up and fight.
Sadly, my final memory of the 2023 season will be our offense hustling and running hard…after yet another three-and-out. They were sprinting to the sidelines to bundle up in their winter jackets.
I saw more hustle from the Dolphins when they were racing for the heated bench than I did on the field.
There’s a lot to discuss and a long off-season to discuss it. But the one thing to leave you with for now is that our collapse is on Mike McDaniel, the offensive “genius,” first and foremost. Blame also goes to the offensive players, starting with stars Tua and Hill, who both had gigantic costly errors in the most important games.
I love the defense. Love how they stepped up. Only 2 TDs allowed vs. KC. Only 2 allowed vs. Buffalo the week before. And remember…this is a defense where we literally had guys coming in off the streets. At one point yesterday, I saw Ramsey and Seiler out there as our only starters.
We literally had 2 starters and 9 unknown backups out there on some plays…and yet they kept us in the game. The offense had 10 starters, and couldn’t do a thing. I know the Tua haters are gonna chirp, but it’s McDaniel’s fault.
We started a drive at our own 10 and, by rushing the ball finally, we moved into KC territory. Facing a 2nd and INCHES, McDaniel of course called for three consecutive passing downs. Series over. Game over. Season over.
We were down 10-7 at the time. A handoff on 2nd and inches likely gets us a tie game (and we’d get the ball back after halftime). Better yet, with some momentum, maybe we go up 14-10 at the half, with all the momentum in the world.
But Adam Gase–sorry, I mean Mike McDaniel–called or pass plays when we needed an inch. He cost us this season.
More to come.