Dolphins on Third Down

Dolphins survive Ravens, where is this team going?

TCBY (that’s the acronym for the URL here) pondered this week: What happens if the Dolphins lose at home to the downtrodden Baltimore Ravens?

After squeaking out a 15-13 win, Dolphins fans nearly needed to ask that question.

But let’s be realistic: Where is this team going?

Of the 15 points, the offense enjoyed a short field thanks to a tipped-ball interception. Ryan Tannehill hooked up with DeVante Parker for a TD pass that made Sun Life Stadium sound like the Orange Bowl. The defense delivered the other score on the next possession as Derrick Shelby blocked, intercepted and returned a Matt Schaub pass for a Pick Six.

Baltimore proceeded to hold the Dolphins scoreless in the second half and narrowly missed taking a 16-15 lead with 2:47 to play when kicker Justin Tucker missed wide-right on a 55-yard field goal attempt. Miami managed eight first downs in the am. EIGHT FIRST DOWNS!

Tannehill threw for 86 yards! Parker collected 63 of those precious yards.

The Ravens fell victim to a dubious offensive pass interference call that nullified a 52-yard touchdown catch by Daniel Brown.

Of the good things: DeVante Parker performed again this week. If he can avoid further foot injuries, the Dolphins could have a new Marks Brothers Duo in the making with Parker and Jarvis Landry. The defense also played well.

But where are the Dolphins going as an organization? It’s abundantly clear this coaching staff won’t be retained next season. Will owner Stephen Ross heed advice and stop making the same mistakes over and over again — not sweeping out the entire front office and coaching staff while signing big-name free agents.

And yet, as the game concluded, CBS flashed up the AFC Playoff Picture graphic and among the hopeful debutants, the Dolphins sit second-last at 5-7.
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