It turned out to be a slow painful death to the season. The Dolphins were crushed in New England. I will say I did not talk to one single Dolphin fan that expected them to win so I don’t think anyone is shocked. Joe Philbin is now directly on the hot seat as it appears likely that the Dolphins are out of the playoffs for the third straight year under Philbin and they have to win two straight to have any chance at finishing over .500.
Furthermore, the worst thing to have as an owner is meaningless home games. People don’t come and you don’t make money selling merchandise, food and drinks. It is simple as that. Last year Miami, was in the playoff race in the final game in which they lost to a poor Jets team led by Geno Smith. This year, they now have two home games. That is 25% of your home revenue dropping as you can expect poor attendance. It is going to look pretty awful as the Vikings and Jets are also out of the race so I don’t see much attendance coming from the away fans either. Taking into account that Ross only gets seven home games (Dolphins host the Jets in London) at the stadium he owns next season, you really have to wonder if he literally can afford to keep Philbin around.
My biggest issue with the team has been the lack of formation diversity. They still ran a 3 or more WR set the majority of the game. Teams in the AFC East are now very familiar with it and very prepared for it. I think this is Philbin being stubborn and wanting everyone to fit his system and not creating a system that fits what he has for players.
I really hope Miami looks to play Chris McCain, Billy Turner, Dion Jordan, Dion Sims and Walt Aiken the majority of the last two games. I know they are inexperienced but clearly, the current players, many who I don’t expect back like Kelvin Sheppard and Samson Satele, are not playing all that well and it serves no benefit for them to be in there over the younger players we need to evaluate for next season.