Final Game 6 Observations

WR Brandon Marshall

We've had some time now to digest the devastating overtime loss to Denver and the Dolphins will begin preparations for the New York Giants on Wednesday afternoon. As always, we took one final look at the last game.

• We'll start with the much-criticized decision to go for a two-point conversion after Anthony Fasano's touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter gave the Dolphins a 12-0 lead. Had no problem with the decision because that late in the game you put yourself in a position where two touchdowns don't beat you if you make the two-point conversion. Here's the other point, and one that's not really been mentioned: The failed two-point conversion didn't cost the Dolphins the game. Had they just kicked the extra point, they would have been up 16-0 after Dan Carpenter's subsequent field goal, which just means that Denver would have had to make two two-point conversions instead of one. Does anybody really doubt they would have succeeded?

• Clearly, that's the thing that stood out after Sunday, that feeling of inevitability as we watched Denver's comeback that the Dolphins were powerless to stop it. It's just a symptom of what's gone on this year.

• Regardless of who's to blame, what was alarming about Denver's two-point conversion was how easy it was for Tebow to run it in despite the fact that everybody — and I mean everybody — knew what was coming.

• Yes, the Dolphins had to cover the first receiver spread out, but the six other defenders should have been near the ball at the snap. Period.

• It's amazing that a defense that made Tebow look so bad for 53 minutes couldn't do anything to stop him late in the game. Yes, there were a couple of nice throws and a tremendous catch by tight end Daniel Fells down the middle, but how does Matthew Willis beat Vontae Davis so clearly running across the field?

• Of course, focusing on the defense is the easy thing to do because that's who gave up the lead, but it sure would have helped if the offense had been able to score more than 15 points.

• Again, red zone problems and third-down failures were the big story.

• And there was Brandon Marshall dropping yet another pass. Looking for the poster child for this lost season? There's your guy.

• Against Denver, though, it wasn't just Marshall. Davone Bess also dropped a pass. So did Daniel Thomas. And that's not even talking about the defense, where both Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett dropped easy interceptions. Yes, the Burnett interception would have been nullified because of a roughing-the-passer penalty on Yeremiah Bell, but his drop continued a pattern of the defense simply being incapable of making big plays.

• Thomas not only had the drop, but he whiffed in pass protection on D.J. Williams on the overtime play that ended with a sack and fumble that led to the game-winning field goal. Just goes to show that while Thomas has shown great promise as a runner, he also needs some work.

• The overtime sack has to fall on Matt Moore a little bit, too, because he held the ball a long time and failed to see Williams coming from the side (and not the blind side).

• Moore, incidentally, has looked very much backup-like in his two starts, but it's impossible to accurately or fairly assess his work until the receivers stop dropping passes on a regular basis.

• We also have to address the onside kick, where the Dolphins played it right except for Marlon Moore being unable to absorb a hit and hang on to the ball. Yes, it's been that kind of season.

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