On national TV, the Miami Dolphins suffered their tenth straight loss — and seventh straight this season — last night. Almost from the start, the Dolphins were winning! There was an interception by Xavien Howard and two touchdowns by Albert Wilson and Allen Hurns respectively.
Things were looking great. Then the Dolphins became the Dolphins. A pass from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Nick O’Leary bounced off O’Leary and into the hand of former Dolphins first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick, who, by the way, had two interceptions on the night. Y yay! Then we got a 45-yard touchdown pass on third and 20 to Diontae Johnson. Chris Boswell missed a field goal to start the second half, then came another pick by Minkah Fitzpatrick, a touchdown, another one, a fumble, another one, and a field goal by the Steelers. The Dolphins gave up 27 straight points.
Now let me tell you why it wasn’t all bad: Brian Flores, Chad O’Shea, and Patrick Graham. They will be a great Dolphins coaching staff for years to come. Flores coaches hard and shows that he will put the best players on the field. Let me catch you while you laugh at the words “Best players.” Yes, I mean the best players. Remember when the Dolphins traded for Vince Biegel? He has been a key for the Dolphins on special teams and even has two sacks on the year. Taco Charlton has gotten three sacks since being claimed by the Dolphins, Jerome Baker is still playing at a high level, and Mark Walton, UM royalty, has been productive…so productive that it is making getting rid of Kenyan Drake, who was traded to the Arizona Cardinals, easy. Even the unicorn (Preston Williams) has been balling out.
The players play hard, they keep the motor on all game and although there is crazy criticism of the team, they just push forward.
This Dolphins have improved every week. If you want this team to go 0-16, you’re going to have to look somewhere else. They will eventually win at least one game this season. They are coached hard, and whether it is Tua Tagovailoa, Joe Burrow (who played amazingly this weekend after a rough start), or Justin Herbert, a young QB will make this team better.
If you want to watch a great game including a possible future Dolphins QB, then mark your calendar for November 9, LSU vs. Alabama. Tua vs. Joe will be a potential decider for the top-four playoff spots. We will dive into it more next week, and hopefully after a Dolphins win. Keep the fins up everyone, this is going to be a fun ride.