Gone are the high fives and compliments about the Dolphins offense.
Also gone are the long clock eating drives that featured a Dolphins running game that no one had ever seen coming last season.
Yes, head coach Adam Gase had the biggest hangover for a coach who lost a game.
Not even a remedy could cure this illness as he navigated his combinations, line protections, and uptempo style that perhaps worked best with Peyton Manning.
As Gase popped in the film he had to see the poor body language and loss of one on one battles on the offensive line, at receiver, and finally Jay Cutler himself.
Most of all he had to see the Dolphins get beat up physically-something that didn’t happen late last season versus the Jets.
Cutler’s lack of effective calling out protections, sticking with the short pass game plan, and arm strength on a deep ball has fans wondering exactly what the heck is going on.
Facing the Saints tomorrow morning isn’t going to get much better.
Cutler is a marked man if the Dolphins offensive line cannot set the tone. That is Cutler could give way to Matt Moore if his helmet becomes part of the turf at Wembley-multiple times. What the heck is wrong with Laremy Tunsil? In two games it seems he’s better suited as a run blocker as his lateral blocking seems a bit slow to stop the pass rush.
The Saints who had a terrible first couple of weeks (losses to Minnesota and New England), played with energy and looked fired up last week as Drew Brees threw for 220 yards, 3TDs, and 22 completions of 29 passes in their contest versus the Packers.
Brees is certainly capable of putting together winning performances when the Saints can possess the ball and turn turnovers into points as they did in their win versus the Panthers.
For the Dolphins to win this game, they have to play better defensively. Getting burned on big plays on the outside is inexcusable. Do the Dolphins even have an answer at cornerback?
The Dolphins offensively must find a way to start quickly with touchdowns rather than field goals. As much as we like early points-the Dolphins generally win if they score TDs in the first quarter.
That offensive balance that Adam Gase is known for needs to take place or else maybe it
might be time to get another OC to call plays.
Dolphins win in a close one: 28-23.