We want Moore; Moore stability
At minute mark 1:37 of the third quarter, QB Jay Cutler’s seven completions on offense matched rookie punter Matt Haack’s kicks for the day….Seven!
So let’s not pretend the chants of “We Want Moore” weren’t unwarranted.
The problem is…. well it’s complicated!
The Miami Dolphins have an offense that has produced only three touchdowns in four games. Given that fact, it’s easy to point the finger at Cutler — who finished the game 12-of-26 for 92 yards, one touchdown and one interception (passer rating: 52.1).
Jay Cutler is completing 62% of his passes, throwing for 706 yards with 3 TDs. He has 3 Ints & has been sacked 10 times so far this season.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) October 8, 2017
Jay Ajayi finished the game with 25 carries for 77 yards and is still scoreless on the season.
The offense needs a spark, and everyone knows it. Multiple missed blocks could be accounted for in Week 5, along with five drops, according to coach Adam Gase.
So how about the defense?
The defense left me screaming, “ We want more”, because damn they were good!
Adam Gase on the Dolphins’ defense: “They did a great job. It’s nice that somebody could score points.”
— Jason Lieser (@JasonLieser) October 8, 2017
Matt Burke’s Defense recorded six sacks, multiple batted down balls, and scored a touchdown. The squad was also able to hold the dynamic backfield duo of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry to just 69 yards rushing.
Overall, while ugly, its a win. The play calling has been vanilla, but like so many other times in the Adam Gase era this team has overcome adversity.
Charles Harris –
The Dolphins’ first round pick (22nd overall) out of the University of Missouri showed why Miami believes he’s the edge rusher of the future in Week 5.
Harris, who recorded his first sack, also recorded a pass deflection, two quarterback hurries and a tackle for loss.
Kiko Alonso –
— PFF MIA Dolphins (@PFF_Miami) October 8, 2017
That spark I talked about earlier in the article, that spark is Kiko Alonso. The Dolphins star LB allowed only 18 yards in coverage on four targets and recorded 6 defensive stops including a strip sack.
DeVante Parker –
Dolphins believe WR DeVante Parker sprained his ankle, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 8, 2017
The most recent diagnosis for DeVante Parker is a sprained ankle — which he’s been nursing since the season opener. Parker was seen retapping the ankle on the sideline, but was unable to return. The 24-year old has been a staple of the offense since Jay Cutler’s arrival. Losing Parker for a significant amount of time could capsize an already sinking ship.
Cody Parkey & extra points
In Week 2 “Parkey for President” was the symbol of hope for the Miami Dolphins, after hitting a game winning 50+ yarder. Now, I cringe when Cody hits the field (after the score).
While his 4-for-4 FGs on the season is an outstanding upgrade from Andrew Franks last season, Parkey has struggled hitting extra points this season. His missed XP left the Titans with an opportunity to win at 16-10. While he’s only missed two XP this season, let’s not make it a thing Parkey. I’m still rooting for you in 2020. #parkey4POTUS