Here we go again…
Unable to generate any points in the first half, Ryan Tannehill was once again unable to generate any momentum for the offense. Whether it’s the play calling on the sidelines, or the coaching staff not giving him sufficient room to audible and change the play at the line, Tannehill’s inconsistencies were once again the spotlight of Sunday’s game. Throwing for 216 yards and no touchdowns, Tannehill was outmatched and outclassed by his peer Philip Rivers. Rivers threw for 311 yards and 3 touchdowns on the day.
Running Backs: F
Lamar Miller was given the ball 9 times throughout the course of Sunday’s game at San Diego. 9 times. A star back that averaged over 7 yards per carry just a week ago against a much more difficult New York Giants defense, Miller was a shadow of himself this past Sunday. Many people are still left to wonder, why is Miller not getting more carries? He can obviously produce when given the opportunity to do so, but the coaching staff doesn’t seem to agree. Jay Ajayi rushed for 27 yards on 6 carries to go along with a touchdown. Ryan Tannehill had the only other touchdown on the day with a 2 yard rush.
Wide Receivers: C-
Jarvis Landry continued his record breaking pace on Sunday, making 8 receptions for 54 yards. Landry now holds the Dolphins single season record for most receptions in a season, passing O.J. McDuffie’s previously held record of 90 receptions. At 97, Juice has the century mark in his sights and looks to become the Dolphins first receiver to ever have 100 receptions in one season. DeVante Parker continued to show why he was worth a first round pick, making 4 receptions on 6 targets for 87 yards.
Tight Ends: N/A
At this point in the season, Dion Sims and Jordan Cameron are non-factors in the Dolphins offense. The two once again put up a meager performance, combining for 2 receptions for 14 yards.
Offensive Line: F
Pitiful. Apart from abandoning the run essentially from the get go, the Dolphins offensive line was simply ridiculed on Sunday. Giving up 3 sacks for 29 yards, Ryan Tannehill was under consistent pressure and did not have much time to throw on any play. The running gaps were few and far in between, making an already scarce running game look even worse. The Dolphins should look to improve its roster in between the trenches this off-season if they want to avoid another dumpster fire of a season next year.
Defensive Line: D
Olivier Vernon and Ndamukong Suh did as much as they possibly could yet again. Olivier racked up 11 tackles and half a sack, to go along with 2 tackles for loss. While Suh had 4 tackles and half a sack to go along with his 1 tackle for loss.
Kelvin Sheppard accumulated 12 tackles as well as 2 tackles for loss on the day, but the rest of the linebackers looked slow and unable to stop the run. A Chargers team that did not have a rushing touchdown since week 1 was able to generate 4 rushing touchdowns on the day where the Dolphins defense simply looked sluggish and outmatched. The Chargers had a total of 140 yards on the ground, not to mention the damage Danny Woodhead did catching balls out of the backfield.
Reshad Jones had yet another interception in Sundays match-up, but it was all for naught as he quickly gave the ball back to the Chargers on the same possession after not securing the football. Unfortunately for Jones, 5 interceptions and 98 tackles on the year was insufficient to land him a spot on the Pro Bowl roster, but this season has certainly been Jones’ coming out party.
Special Teams: N/A
Matt Darr had 8 punts for 366 yards and was able to pin San Diego within their own 20 one time on the day. Franks made both of his extra point attempts but had no field goal attempts on the day, largely due to the Dolphins inability to generate any offense early on.
Embarrassing. Nothing else can describe the Dolphins performance against a formerly 3-10 Chargers team. The Chargers had trouble stopping the running all year, and the Dolphins go into San Diego unable to get 45 yards on the ground. It is seeming more and more likely that the entire front office will be gone come season’s end.