The year was 2008 last time the Miami Dolphins won five straight games. That was also the last time the Dolphins reached the playoffs.
Will they find a way to return to the postseason this year?
Not so fast. There is still a lot of work to do. So many things to clean up. Penalties, defensive breakdowns…all the little things.
While the win last Sunday in Los Angeles was great it was also frustrating. The Rams defense held our offense in check for fifty-five minutes, while our defense just barely contained Todd Hurley and rookie quarterback Jared Goff. The most frustrating play could have broken the game open much earlier.
After Kiko Alonso force and the recovered a fumble(Kiko continues to impress) the offense tried to strike quickly. Going for a deep passing touchdown after a turnover is what you always hope for. It is an aggressive move which pays great dividends when successful.
It was not. Ryan Tannehill launch a beautiful deep ball towards Devante Parker in the left front corner of the end zone just like it was drawn up. All Parker needed to do was time his jump and put his 6’3 frame to work. Touchdown right? Wrong. Parker jumped a step or two early and the ball flew just out of reach to be intercepted by Rams safety Maurice Alexander.
The timing was off by just this much…
My first reaction to the play was: “Seriously!?”. A combination of frustration and disbelief. It was born not of anger because of the turn over but of shock. I had seen this movie before. We all had.
A nearly identical play Tannehill to Parker for a missed touchdown turned interception…that is how the week two game against the New England Patriots ended. Thankfully this time the Dolphins managed to recover to claim victory from the jaws of defeat. Even so this is something that needs to be cleaned up.
A play like that can be such a weapon if they can just get it right. Timing takes time. And repetition. And more repetition.
Get it right and the offense can be explosive. You have a threat to score at any time. It makes the entire offense better. More room for Jay Ajayi to run(as if he does not create enough on his own), more opportunities for Jarvis Landry to exert his will on the defense. It can build confidence on both sides of the ball. It opens up so many possibilities.
So clean it up…and see what transpires.