The Dolphins ended the season in ugly fashion against the hated New York Jets. Not surprisingly, it left a bad taste in the mouths of fans who were already upset with Joe Philbin staying. Mike Wallace added to that drama by alienating his quarterback and teammates by what appeared to be quitting because he was more worried about his personal stats rather than the success of the team. Mike Wallace’s reputation and market value took a big hit as it should have. However, I personally think that the decision by Joe Philbin to not play some of the younger players in favor of players that will likely not be back was also a bit selfish since 2015 should have been the priority in this game.
Our special teams again had a poor performance giving up a big kick return, a critical fake punt, and of course Caleb Sturgis missed another field goal. It is hard to win in the NFL with mistakes like that.
With that being said, there were some bright spots. Lamar Miller looked great as he has all year and he broke a record with a 97 yard touchdown run. Ryan Tannehill continued to look in command of the offense and was able to move the ball down the field despite being under constant pressure. I have to say I am excited to see what he can do IF Miami is able to upgrade his protection. They did at least give Dion Jordan some more extensive playing time and an injury allowed Billy Turner to play for a few series.
For my film review, in addition to looking at the Jets game, I spent some time focusing on those to players with the hope it can give us hint of what to expect from them in 2015.
Highlights from the Miami Dolphins vs. New York Jets
Breaking down film on rookie offensive tackle Billy Turner
The good news is Billy Turner got in the game. The bad news was it was as a back-up tackle. Come on Philbin really?! You are playing a guard that won’t be back next year over him? I think he really needs to be evaluated at guard, the position he is more likely to compete for in 2015. I am very high on Billy Turner because he is aggressive to the whistle and finishes blocks. I personally think he is the team’s most powerful run blocker.
Breaking down film on second year player Dion Jordan
On defense, we finally were able to see the team use Dion Jordan more. I am not so sure why people are so concerned about trying to define what position he plays. What needs to happen is they need him on the field more. I personally like that they move him around. I think you will see him on the field more in 2015.