Dolphins miss playoffs this season
By Byler Henry
The Miami Dolphins have finished the season 6-10, which knocked them out of the playoff race. The Bills finished the season 9-7 and will play the Jaguars in the AFC wild cad round Sunday January 7. Midway through the season the Dolphins were 4-4, and finished the season going 2-6. David Fales played in the last game gong 29 of 42 for 265 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The Dolphins were mounting a comeback towards the end and the one interception came at the worst time in the game. “I thought I started a little slow in the beginning with the protection and getting the guys to the line and communication, but I think we got going towards the end a little bit.” David Fales says afterwards. Jarvis Landry had 92 receiving yards with nine targets and one touchdown.
What happened with the Dolphins this season? They had a devastating blow in training camp losing Ryan Tannehill to a partially torn ACL in his right knee. Last season he led the Dolphins to a 8-5 record missing three games, passing for 2,995 yards completing 261 passes with 389 attempts with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. In need of quarterback, and because of his familiarity with Adam Gase Jay Cutler was signed to be the starter. His contract is up, and it seems he won’t be back with the team with Ryan Tannehill coming back to be the starter. Can he come back and lead this team back into the playoffs? Head coach Adam Gase will have to evaluate this team and make the necessary changes as he sees fit. ”We’ve still got
to get through tomorrow. We’ll have our meetings with the players. I don’t want to get too far ahead. We’re all going to have to take some time, decompress, kind of come back, review the season, really start there.” He says, “It’s hard to say here’s exactly what we’re going to do, because when you’re in the middle of the season – towards the end of the season – you’re just focused on that.”
There will be changes made this offseason s the Dolphins try to battle back to the playoffs. Last season they were 10-6 and made the wildcard spot. After the game Gase sounded like he is ready to fix the mistakes and get them ready for next season. “It’s hard for me to really think about the whole season right now. Once again, just have to go back, look at it. We’re going to have to start somewhere. Really, it’s going to start with watching the tape, watching the whole season.” Can they go 10-6, or 11-5 next season? In a less talented AFC East division it’s certainly possible. I’m
confident that the Dolphins can turn it around, and bring back a defense that can put pressure on the quarterback. After missing the season can Tannehill shake off the rust and play like he hasn’t missed a step? We will see next season.