A win is a win, and it always feels great. But I’m going to start right away with some things that need to get better.
First, as the game progressed, I got the feeling we were watching the 2021 Dolphins offense. Or the 2020 Dolphins offense. Pretty good at times. Some nice plays. A few. But…
But, only one touchdown.
But, Tua scrambling for his life most of the day.
But, no consistent ability to rush the ball.
(In other words, our line hasn’t produced yet)
But, some very very lucky bounces that went our way. Such as Tua tossing the ball up for grabs (several times) to avoid a sack. That is the kind of desperation you try when it’s 4th down and you’re losing late in the game. But we had a safe 13-point lead, and taking a 5-yard loss on a sack is not important. You do NOT have to desperately avoid every single sack in every single situation, and Tua doesn’t grasp that yet.
But, only 3 points in the second half.
But, zero points in the fourth quarter.
The offense did not look terrible. But they didn’t look great either. They looked very mediocre, and very much like the last few years.
I’d like to think the improvement will come. I am a big believer in the time it takes to learn a new offense. So there will be growing pains as our guys learn and get used to the McDaniel offense. I hope this comes in time, because one touchdown is nothing to be proud of.
On the other side of the ball, it is heartwarming to think back to the off-season when the Dolphins retained all their defensive players. We gave X a big contract, and he earned it yesterday. Rookies contributed. Stars contributed. Guys like Christian Wilkins and Zach Seiler were kept quiet by the Patriots, but other guys stepped up. This is all because Chris Grier kept that defense in tact and (I suspect) he told Mike McDaniel something along the lines of, “You can choose your own offensive staff, but you’re not allowed to mess with the defense.”
So, yes, it will be a while before the offense gels into what McDaniel has in mind, but at least we know the defense is not going through those growing pains.
Let’s enjoy the win, but let’s also hope the guys get right back to work because a tougher opponent on the road is only 6 days away..