It seems like no matter what the Miami Dolphins do on any given Sunday, something seems to go horribly wrong that makes you believe that the team truly is cursed. At the peak of potential hype, they do something, anything, that will immediately drain it all away and remind you that this team has issues, lots of issues.
And there's no foreseeable fix that will make it all go away, at least not anytime soon.
It's as if the song that was once intended for the Dallas Cowboys - which I once showed my Pastor to tease him with since he is a Cowboys fan - has suddenly shifted over to the Dolphins. You know the one, the mashup made by D.J. Steve Porter where Stephen A. Smith of ESPN First Take repeatedly calls Dallas an accident waiting to happen? If you somehow haven't seen it, I'll just put it here so you can listen to it, because it really is catchy.
The unfortunate part of this is...nearly everything in that song can easily be replaced with Miami appropriate terminology and it would be just as accurate. Somehow, they always find a way to get in their own way, an accident waiting to happen.
And it seems to be taking its toll on the team.
“It was very frustrating because we were dominating the game all of the way through until there were seven or eight minutes left in the game." said running back Frank Gore on Monday. "We let it go. When you dominate the game, you have to finish the ballgame. It’s already hard to win games in this league. I thought we had that one.”
They also though they had the one against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5, but they gave that game away too, in embarrassing fashion.
Does this seem familiar to the previous story I wrote calling out Adam Gase? It should, because plenty of the same issues can be traced back to him. After the game, he defended his decision to make the playcalls he did that ultimately doomed the team.
On Monday, after given time to reflect...he doubled down on that defense, and again disregarded any talk of the fact that the results have not been good.
“We did what we game-planned to do." Gase said. "We did what was best for that situation. I’m probably more upset about the second-down call. I thought we’d catch them in a pressure to that side and they came from the opposite side. If I could have that one back, that probably could have made a difference.”
If this is in reference to the attempted bubble screen to DeVante Parker that gained zero yards, then this should be a surprise to no one. Gase speaks of catching the opposing team off guard...not one time can I recall a screen actually surprising anyone who's played Miami this year. There have been some positive screen plays, but not because defenses weren't prepared. They rarely ever work.
But, again, Gase doesn't seem to want to focus on the results.
"It was unfortunate we lost that game because I really thought there were a lot of guys that did good stuff. It’s just hard to see right now because everybody does the same thing." He said. "Everybody goes and looks at the result and all of the good things get forgotten about. That’s where we can’t get lost in it as a team. We’ve got to focus on the things that we did improve on. The things that we didn’t, we need to get better at."
I understand what he's saying, I really do, it's not like there were no positives to take away from the overall performance. Wide receiver Leonte Carroo pulled a Randy Moss-like catch for a touchdown on a busted play, Xavien Howard intercepted Andrew Luck on two consecutive passes, and Kenyan Drake once again got to display his athleticism and elusiveness as a weapon.
But, they lost. So, yes, the good stuff gets forgotten, because instead of sitting at 6-5 and in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race, they're now 5-6 and have to win every single game from here on out to even have a prayer of getting in.
You can only talk about the process for so long before no one wants to hear it anymore. No one wants to hear about progress or improvement, they want to see a higher number in the win column.
Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard said it best after the game was over. He was perhaps the star of the game for Miami with those two interceptions...and this is what he said:
“It really don’t matter. We lost. We lost.”
Can you just feel the frustration? So...what are they going to do about it?
This story was written by Luis Sung. Follow him on Twitter: @LuisDSung
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