The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly: Dolphins vs. Ravens

The Miami Dolphins week 13 performance under new offensive coordinator Zac Taylor can be described simply in one word, “sloppy”. In a game in which two struggling teams seamlessly tried their hardest to let their opponents win, the Baltimore Ravens ever so slightly edged the Miami Dolphins in the battle of “which team could perform worse “? The Miami Dolphins’ (5-7) solid performances from their 2015 rookie class, countered the poor play from Ryan Tannehill’s offense, which managed a measly 8 first downs (Ravens first downs: 22) the entire game. In the first week since the departure of OC Bill Lazor, Miami ran the ball… a lot.

How many times did the Dolphins run you ask? Lamar miller matched his 7 carries of week 12 within the first quarter, finishing the game with 20 carries for 113 yards.

The Ravens out gained Miami 375-219 in total yards, but Matt Schaub’s two interceptions, including a vital pick-6 from Derrick Shelby helped seal the Ravens fate, and keep the Dolphins slim playoff chances still in perspective. Miami’s two touchdowns in the 2nd quarter happened only 20 seconds apart and were both results of mistakes by the Raven’s offense.

Dan Campbell, whose head coaching record now sits at an even 4-4, will need to further continue trying to develop a sustainable offense if he plans on staying in South Beach. The Dolphins offense had just 61 yards in the second half.

Miami’s week 13 victory over Baltimore ends a 5 game losing streak against the Ravens.

 

The Good

Oliver Vernon – Oliver Vernon ignited the defense in week 13, playing arguably his best game of the season. Vernons 2.5 sacks, and 6 tackles (2 for a loss) kept Schaub constantly on his toes. Vernon now has 6.5 sacks on the season and has taken the place of Cameron Wake as Miami’s leading pass rusher.

DeVante Parker – Since entering the Miami Dolphins line-up for the injured Rishard Matthews, Parker has been everything that was advertised entering the draft. In the rookie’s first career start, Parker finished with a team high in both receptions and yards. (3 catches 63 yards) and also bought in a spectacular 36 yards pass for Miami’s only TD on offense. In DeVante Parker’s last two games the rookie is averaging an impressive 20+ YPC reeling in seven receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

Lamar Miller – Well Bill Lazor, we told you so. When the Miami Dolphins commit to the run game, the Miami Dolphins win. (7-1 when the Miller has over 100 all-purpose yards). Miller finished the game with a season high 20 carries for 113 yards, averaging a whooping 5.7 yards per carry.

The Bad

Ryan Tannehill – The Dolphins 100 million Dollar man struggled week 13. Blame it on the personnel change, the line, or even the heavy wind, if you want. But at the end of the day Tannehill’s 9-of-19 for a season-low 86 yards (1 TD) against a weak pass defense, solemnly fall on the 4th year man.

The Ugly

Jamar Taylor – Making the ugly list seems pretty hard to do when you don’t play in the game, right? Unless you are Jamar Taylor, it’s almost impossible. The former Boise State standout and 2nd round draft pick has struggled to stay on the field due to injury since his arrival in 2013, and when on the field has had trouble holding his ground against physical receivers. Taylor has now gone from starter to being inactive on Sunday. Taylor also did not dress for Sunday’s game.

At this point  Jamar Taylor is on the verge of being considered a bust for the Miami Dolphins, especially with the emergence of rookie Bobby McCain. If  Taylor cannot prove he is deserving of a starting spot on the offense soon, it’s likely you may not see the Boise State standout remain in Miami come 2016.

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