Posted: 12/3/2012 8:05 PM
1:16 p.m. EST, December 3, 2012
The Dolphins need to score more points. We all know that. It’s been an issue for years.
Coach Joe Philbin, whose team ranks 27th in the NFL at 18.9 points per game, mentioned it Monday.
“Overall, offensively, we’re not scoring enough points to win games consistently in this league,” he said. “I think that’s the bottom line.”
He’s right. But let’s look at the reason for that bottom line. The thing that became apparent in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to New England, and a number of other games this year, is the Dolphins don’t have the players on their roster to score more points.
This is a front office/scouting issue. And it can’t be fixed until the offseason, when there’s the draft (the Dolphins are loaded with one first-round pick, two second-round picks, and two third round picks) and free agency.
Getting players that can score might be more important than re-signing left tackle Jake Long, cornerback Sean Smith or defensive tackle Randy Starks. It’s a big deal. This is a scoring league.
Forget about seeing meaningful offensive improvement in these final four games. Anything you’d see is pyrite, Fool’s Gold. We’ve had a dozen games. That’s enough to see the truth.
There’s no amount of game-planning, or substituting, or blocking and tackling the Dolphins can do to consistently score more points. Their players aren’t good enough.
A few weeks ago you thought maybe if Reggie Bush can do this, or Brian Hartline and Davone Bess can do that, and then you sprinkle in a little magic from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, maybe, just maybe the Dolphins could become efficient enough to score consistently. But it’s not going to happen.
The lack of points is related to deficiencies on the roster. If the entire offense has a perfect day –Tannehill, Hartline, Bess, Bush, tight end Anthony Fasano, the offensive line, go right down the list – maybe the Dolphins can score 30 points.
But if someone makes a mistake, or has a bad day, it’s incredibly tough for this sluggish offense to recover.
They couldn’t recover from Tannehill overthrowing Hartline early in Sunday’s game the after he’d beaten Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib. Hartline was wide open. It was an easy six points. The Dolphins also couldn’t recover from losing a touchdown on that interception return by safety Reshad Jones. Off-setting penalties wiped out a much-needed score on that play.
The lack of points is bigger than the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the gameplan, or any player on the team.
The Dolphins held the mighty Patriots, a team that was averaging 37 points per game and on track to become the second-highest scoring team in NFL history, to far below their average. Most people, Bush among them, thought Miami would have to score more than 30 to win.
All they needed was 24 points. They got a gift on Sunday, and they couldn’t take advantage. The Dolphins were 3-for-13 (23 percent) on third-down conversions. They couldn’t keep drives going. They couldn’t score on big plays, they couldn’t score on defense or special teams.
The Dolphins seem to have their quarterback. The No. 1 priority in the offseason has to be getting him some weapons.
The Dolphins’ defense is good enough to get to the playoffs. So are special teams. It’s the offense where the Dolphins need major improvement, and that has to be the top goal of this offseason.
Copyright © 2012, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Last edited 12/4/2012 5:53 PM by MrsMD22
Posted: 12/3/2012 10:52 PM
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Posted: 12/4/2012 2:07 PM
MiaFan1 wrote: Yep, and spotting them a quick score after a muffed punt didn't help either.
Posted: 12/4/2012 9:24 PM
Posted: 12/5/2012 1:44 AM
Posted: 12/5/2012 9:57 AM
They have enough picks to address many issues next year but they just don't have the right guy making the picks.Jury's still out on Tannehill and Martin. Vernon is a no show so far as a situational pass rusher. Egnew and Miller are just no shows.Another year, another uneventful draft. Maybe it's Tannehill playing scared, butI thought Philbin and Sherman would be much more innovative on offensive ... instead we have Sparano ball.Bess and Hartline are good "complimentary" receivers but when they are your "go to guys" your offense is limited.Bush and Thomas as a tandem are mediocre compared to other teams.Need a guy like we traded away (Marshall) and anything would be better than Fasano (this year's version)
Posted: 12/19/2012 1:42 PM