Over the past three seasons that Joe Philbin has been head coach for the Miami Dolphins, they have never gone over the hump of being just a .500 team. This season, Miami have high expectations this year and hopes of changing that trend with offseason additions of Ndamukong Suh, Kenny Stills and Jordan Cameron through free agency and DeVante Parker through the NFL Draft. Two games into this season, these new additions have contributed close to nothing outside of Cameron being the leading receiver with 73 yards in Week 1. I see nothing has changed for this franchise in terms of getting back to the playoffs and it changes should be happening soon starting with the coaching staff.
After losing to the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20, the issues have been noted by the coaching staff and by fans. Ryan Tannehill did his job and had a good game passing for 359 yards, two touchdowns, and having no turnovers. On offense, the offensive line and run game that have been the biggest problems. The offensive line has not been up to par blocking for Tannehill and creating holes for the running back. Lamar Miller wasn’t able to get going with only 14 rushing yards and left the game with an ankle injury in the 2nd half. This is definitely a problem as Tannehill was the leading rusher with 17 yards.
The defense did not show up at all last game as the Jaguars’ wide receiver Allen Robinson was nearly unstoppable getting 155 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Miami’s pass rush was nonexistent by not even recording one sack during the game. This is something that should not even be said when your defensive line consists of Suh and Cameron Wake. It should also be noted that Wake has not recorded a tackle nor a sack yet this year.
On paper, the Miami Dolphins should have won its first two games easily. Both the Redskins and Jaguars are in a rebuilding process, consist of many young players, and are searching for their identities. Unfortunately, with a team that doesn’t look to set a tone early and continue to show many of issues in the past three seasons, I believe this puts the coaching staff on the hot seat, especially Joe Philbin.
The only way for the Dolphins to get past all these issues is to win games and set the tone.