Week 16 Position Grades

Quarterback: D+

Our QB gave us 329 yards, no touchdowns, one interception, and an inability to score when the game is on the line. The last part of that sentence is fortunately, for Ryan Tannehill, not a stat that is officially tracked by the NFL. If it were, Tannehill would certainly see himself towards the bottom of the league when compared to his peers. With around a minute left to play and 1st and goal within the 10, Tannehill and the Dolphins were unable to get in the end zone and once again left the game on the field. Although a touchdown catch a couple of plays earlier by Jordan Cameron was called back by an awful offensive pass interference call, the Dolphins season was epitomized on the final four plays of this game- just not good enough.

 

Runningback: D-

Another pedestrian effort by Lamar Miller, unfortunately not by his choice. Miller rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, while Jay Ajayi rushed for 23 yards on 9 carries. The Dolphins had 25 rushes in comparison to their 38 pass attempts on the night. A, once again, unbalanced offensive approach that quickly got predictable in the second half.

 

Wide Receivers: B+

Possibly the only highlight of yet another embarrassing performance by the Dolphins, Jarvis Landry became the Dolphins first receiver to ever reach the 1,000 yards and 100 reception mark in the same season, while adding on an OBJ-esque one-handed grab late in the game. Landry finished with 111 yards on 7 receptions, while rookie DeVante Parker finished with 93 yards on 4 receptions. The Dolphins receiving corp certainly looks to be a strong suit heading into next season. Let’s hope the new offensive coordinator is able to relieve some pressure off them by establishing a run game.

 

Tight Ends: C

Jordan Cameron was finally put to use, catching 3 balls for 34 yards and having a fourth reception for a touchdown called back late in the fourth quarter. Dion Sims had 1 reception for 8 yards.

 

Offensive Line: F

All you need to know about the offensive line can be seen by their performance on the final play of the game on 4th and goal. A 3 man rush wasn’t picked up, and Tannehill was sacked before he could even look up. Ouch.

 

Defensive Line: D+

A sack by Ndamukong Suh and Damontre Moore were the highlights for the defensive line in this low scoring game. The line was beat in the trenches early in the game, allowing Frank Gore to score two lengthy rushing touchdowns early on. Gore finished the day with 85 yards rushing on 15 carries.

 

Linebackers: D+

Poor tackling by the linebackers also contributed to Gore’s two touchdown runs, but this unit kept the Indy passing game in check for the majority of the game.

 

Secondary: D

Brent Grimes had an early interception called back due to a penalty, but aside from that one play and a man by the name of Reshad Jones, the Dolphins secondary was once again shaky at best. T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett were running circles around the Dolphins secondary, even with Indianapolis playing their second and third string quarterbacks.

 

Special Teams: B

Matt Darr the pro bowl snub had 3 punts on the day for 157 yards and a long of 59. Andrew Franks connected on both of his field goal attempts, with a long of 33 on the day.

 

Coaching: D

In a season where there’s nothing left to lose, the Dolphins repeatedly played conservative football and chose to kick field goals instead of playing for the win. The beating around the bush finally caught up to the Phins on the final drive, as they were unable to convert on 4 consecutive plays within the Colts’ 10 yard line. You would’ve liked to see a bit more aggression from the Dolphins in a game where Indianapolis was without star quarterback Andrew Luck.

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