Saying the The Miami Dolphins have been a major disappointment these last two weeks would be an understatement. After an inspiring week 1 win over division rival New England Patriots, the Fins have been on a slippery slope, stumbling and bumbling their way to another disappointing season. With each blowout loss, Fins fans are hard-pressed to find anything positive to say about their hometown squad.
Instead, we vent. It’s all we can do.
Here are the top 5 things Fins fans do after a loss to vent their frustrations.
1. Call for a QB replacement.
It’s no secret that Tannehill is on the hot seat. We all gave the first round draft pick a pass his rookie year and in year 2 we saw some minor improvements. Mike Wallace and Ryan Tannehill weren’t on the same page but those of us who are more hopeful insisted that the chemistry would come eventually. Well, its year 3 of Tannehill’s tenure and we simply aren’t seeing it yet… He’s still overthrowing receivers, he still seems incapable of checking through progressions and hitting the 2nd or 3rd man when Wallace is wrapped up and possibly his most frustrating failure is his total inability to escape the rush and scramble out of the pocket when he’s under pressure. There are vital instincts all quarterbacks must possess to succeed and it’s looking less and less like Ryan Tannehill will ever learn from his shortcomings.
2. Call for a firing of Joe Philbin.
I’m not sure any Dolphins fan has ever been too high on Philbin. He’s morose, overly conservative, and doesn’t seem to have the support of the players behind him. If the Fins don’t turn the ship around this season, we are most likely looking at Ol’ Joe’s last stand as Head Coach.
3. Compare Mike Wallace’s production to his paycheck.
Everyone knows the Dolphins vastly overpaid for Mike Wallace. They had no choice, really. He was the only top tier receiver available last offseason and the organization needed to make a tough call. However, Fins fans aren’t seeing a very high return on investment. He makes plays here and there and he’s a solid safety net for Tannehill but that big-play-downfield-flash is just something we haven’t seen yet. Having said that, a major part of his lack of production has to do with Tannehill being unable to get the deep ball anywhere within 5 yards of his #1 receiver.
4. Demand the organization “clean house.”
The Dolphins haven’t had an elite quarterback since Marino. They’ve only made the playoffs once in the last 10 years. The front office royally screws up the draft year after year. Add all this to the fact that they simply can’t hold on to premiere players for more than a season or 2 (Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush) and it becomes vividly clear the organization simply has no shred of competency. It starts at the top with a clueless owner in Stephen Ross who seems more interested in landing another Super bowl in Miami than cleaning up the mess that is his own team.
5. Dunk our heads in ice…
Hopefully you have enough ice water left in your cooler from the tailgate to bury your head. The Fins have looked brutally bad as of late and for those of us looking to find a way to cool our heads, both literally and figuratively, a bucket of ice may be the only way to feel refreshed after watching another beating. Not to mention, if you attend Sun Life Stadium on game day, this may be a necessary option, win or lose. It’s hot as hell out there.
Written by Grant Cohen