1:16 p.m. EST, December 3, 2012
The Dolphins need to score more points. We all know that. It’s been an issue for years.
“Overall, offensively, we’re not scoring enough points to win games consistently in this league,” he said. “I think that’s the bottom line.”
He’s right. But let’s look at the reason for that bottom line. The thing that became apparent in Sunday’s 23-16 loss to New England, and a number of other games this year, is the Dolphins don’t have the players on their roster to score more points.
This is a front office/scouting issue. And it can’t be fixed until the offseason, when there’s the draft (the Dolphins are loaded with one first-round pick, two second-round picks, and two third round picks) and free agency.
Forget about seeing meaningful offensive improvement in these final four games. Anything you’d see is pyrite, Fool’s Gold. We’ve had a dozen games. That’s enough to see the truth.
There’s no amount of game-planning, or substituting, or blocking and tackling the Dolphins can do to consistently score more points. Their players aren’t good enough.
A few weeks ago you thought maybe if Reggie Bush can do this, or Brian Hartline and Davone Bess can do that, and then you sprinkle in a little magic from quarterback Ryan Tannehill, maybe, just maybe the Dolphins could become efficient enough to score consistently. But it’s not going to happen.
The lack of points is related to deficiencies on the roster. If the entire offense has a perfect day –Tannehill, Hartline, Bess, Bush, tight end Anthony Fasano, the offensive line, go right down the list – maybe the Dolphins can score 30 points.
But if someone makes a mistake, or has a bad day, it’s incredibly tough for this sluggish offense to recover.
They couldn’t recover from Tannehill overthrowing Hartline early in Sunday’s game the after he’d beaten Patriots defensive back Aqib Talib. Hartline was wide open. It was an easy six points. The Dolphins also couldn’t recover from losing a touchdown on that interception return by safety Reshad Jones. Off-setting penalties wiped out a much-needed score on that play.
The lack of points is bigger than the head coach, the offensive coordinator, the gameplan, or any player on the team.
The Dolphins held the mighty Patriots, a team that was averaging 37 points per game and on track to become the second-highest scoring team in NFL history, to far below their average. Most people, Bush among them, thought Miami would have to score more than 30 to win.
All they needed was 24 points. They got a gift on Sunday, and they couldn’t take advantage. The Dolphins were 3-for-13 (23 percent) on third-down conversions. They couldn’t keep drives going. They couldn’t score on big plays, they couldn’t score on defense or special teams.
The Dolphins seem to have their quarterback. The No. 1 priority in the offseason has to be getting him some weapons.
The Dolphins’ defense is good enough to get to the playoffs. So are special teams. It’s the offense where the Dolphins need major improvement, and that has to be the top goal of this offseason.
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