On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins played their final game of the 2017 regular season. Despite the confetti and champagne bottles that would be thrown and popped, some of the Dolphins decided to start their celebration of the New Year in dynamic fashion.
Late in the 4th quarter with the Dolphins down 22-3, Jarvis Landry caught his 9th touchdown and made his 112th reception (new Dolphins record) of the season.
What followed was a melee of sorts incited by some Buffalo Bills who didn’t appreciate Jarvis Landry breaking the plane of the goal line and Landry was left to defend himself- lost his cool after being head-locked by Matt Milano and then open hand punched Jordan Poyer of the Bills.
Call it what you will, an old-fashioned scrum turned violent and left a plethora of yellow flags sprinkled inside the 10 yard line after a much need Dolphins touchdown.
In the end, with his football in tote, Landry headed to the stadium tunnel (ejected from the game) and his teammates Kenyan Drake and Jake Brendel left to defend Landry after mixing it up with several Buffalo Bills.
In the end, the Dolphins had three players ejected-Landry, Drake (helmet toss), and Brendel.
The Dolphins lost 22-16 and the game culminated on an interception- much how the start of week 3 was versus the New York Jets where Cutler threw three interceptions, this time it was backup David Fales seeing time threw the last.
The end of the game marked the 10th loss of the season- a fitting end to the Miami Dolphins mandated 16 games in a row, who shared that distinction with Tampa, but in the end, it’s just an excuse.
After the game, veteran Center Mike Pouncey had a directive to his teammates ejected:
“I don’t really know what happened, man,” center Mike Pouncey said. “I was just pissed off that it even took place. We still had seven minutes left in the game and there is just no place for that, honestly. I mean, just a common sense thing. Like what are you doing? It’s a football game. We don’t need that out there. We just don’t.”
It’s clear that Mike Pouncey is playing for something bigger after he’s seen the success his brother have in Pittsburgh with the Steelers and while he understands it’s a heat of the moment kind of thing Pouncey said:
“We have to be smarter in those situations. We have to know we can’t get guys kicked out of the game at that point. Hopefully both those guys will learn from it.”
When asked about the season and what could have been Pouncey left us this nugget:
“I think we’ve got a lot of work to do,” Pouncey said. “Obviously it’s tough. Losing your starting quarterback during training camp. But that’s no excuse. We still went out there and won games. We won big games. We lost games that we thought we should have won. But at the end of the day we still have a lot of work to do. We have a big time offseason coming up. And I hope guys have their minds ready whenever we get this thing started back up in April (Joe Schad-Palm Beach Post).”
In reality, the Miami Dolphins finished 6-10 and after a year of distractions, there is much work to do.
There will be changes on this coaching staff.
Matt Burke didn’t get the job done with a group of veterans leading the way. Will Burke be given a year two?
Could the Dolphins change their scheme to a 3-4?
Adam Gase needs an experienced offensive coordinator to maybe serve as another set of eyes on game day. Will Gase continue to call the offensive plays?
Will Ryan Tannehill be the leader and quarterback that Adam Gase was brought here to develop?
While owner Stephen Ross confidently said he was bringing back Chris Grier GM, Adam Gase head coach, and Mike Tannenbaum (Executive VP)- this much is clear and it’s the loudest comment we’ve ever seen from Mr. Ross:
“I hate “Fu*****” losing!”
And so do we.
Here’s to a great 2018 and Happy New Year!