is not even Halloween yet and the Dolphins have horrified us yet again, all but
eliminating themselves from duplicating last year’s 6-10 record.
to think we used to be mad if the playoffs were a moot point before
the good old days.
little good about today’s Dolphins, the weakest of sisters.
there’s no shame in losing a game to a better team.
is shame in not even trying to win.
this latest loss, a 49-28 drubbing by the New England Patriots, on the complete
and utter lack of effort by the past pathetic Dolphins.
Patriots, the players crossed the line. They quit in the locker room, before
the first snap even took place.
the Patriots are a strong team. A “well-oiled machine”, GM Randy Mueller called
them. They do a lot of things that the Dolphins don’t handle very well, which
is quite a bit these days. This game had blowout written all over it. But true professionals
still go out and give an A-plus effort, because your honor demands it.
the Dolphins threw their hands up in the locker room and decided there was no
point in even playing.
one played defense. Six touchdown passes (SIX!) by Tom Brady, five by halftime
(HALFTIME!), underscore the most pathetic defensive effort we’ve seen since the
62-7 playoff drubbing at the hands of the Jacksonville Jaguars some seven years
one played offense, a measly 7 points being managed by the half before a
disinterested Patriot D gave up 14 the rest of the way.
once again, no one could cover a kick.
this is no longer a simple lack of talent issue. It’s beyond that now.
is about players betraying themselves as men, as professionals, cheating the
organization, and cheating the fans.
is about non-performance, a blatant betrayal of trust.
is about the failure of veterans to properly execute, as much as it is a lack
of pride in one’s work.
to pick on the secondary, because Brady did plenty of that, but is it too much
to ask the defensive backs to properly execute fundamental coverage techniques?
the obvious is to declare that giving one’s best is to be expected, without
question, each and every week. Millionaire players, rich on the backs of
working people who deserve a fair and decent effort from them, must never
today these players, all of them, should be ashamed of their lack of professionalism
as NFL players.
frankly, any player who has the gall to collect their paychecks this week ought
to be ridiculed. They’re the ones who should be wearing bags on their heads,
not the fans who rightfully expect more.
all fairness, this is also about coaches not doing their jobs.
Cameron, a rookie head coach, has lost this team entirely. Truly, it is damn
hard to go 0-7, the worst start in team history, in today’s parity-filled NFL.
Yet Cameron’s bunch has done just that.
I like Cameron, and believe he will get this team headed in the right direction
with better players. There’s a lot of work to be done and he seems up to it. But
he cannot look in the mirror right now and feel good about the job he has done
can Dom Capers, Miami’s
highly paid defensive coordinator. He has been unable to get his players to
perform even close to their potential. Yeah he lost some guys from last year,
but not to the point of conjuring up flashbacks of the inept bunch that toiled
under the infamous Tom Olivadotti!
seen too much of Capers’ brilliance over the years to know that this has simply
been a sub-par coaching effort on his part, plain and simple. He has to be
can be no question that this team has better than 0-7 talent; Cameron and his
staff cannot escape that undeniable fact.
isn’t off the hook here by any means; he too should be taken out to the
woodshed for this failure of a season. Yeah, people understand that the roster
needs dramatic fixing, that the bill has come due for the incompetence of the
Dave Wannstedt years. But couldn’t he have at least hired some decent kick
should be embarrassed for himself and his staff. This season is a black mark
against what was once a solid reputation.
Mandich, the Dolphins color analyst, recently suggested that his may be the
lowest the Dolphin organization has even been. In the wake of this latest loss,
and the means by which they lost it, it is hard to dispute him in any way,
especially when players quit playing.