By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303
For the second week in a row, the Miami Dolphins have been outscored by double digits. After a complete thrashing by the Baltimore Ravens in week 1, the Dolphins looked to rebound against their AFC East rival New England Patriots.
After last week’s defensive break-downs, the Dolphins improved defensively, although the score might not reflect this. The defense held the Patriots to just 13 points in the first half. The second half is when the defense finally broke.
This week the offense can shoulder the blame. Only one stat I need to give you: Total yards per team. The Patriots had 381, whereas the Dolphins offense only complied 184 yards. Let’s be honest, most of these yards came after the game was out of reach.
After the game Coach Flores addressed the media.
(What do you take out of this?) “I mean, I thought they played hard, and I thought they played hard for 60 minutes. We were there for half, maybe two and a half quarters, and then we just couldn’t get anything going offensively. I thought – that’s a good team, and we just didn’t do enough.”
For the second week in a row, the Dolphins brought in back-up quarterback Josh Rosen late in the game. With the game pretty much out of reach, Rosen has now seen two late game performances. This brings into question again: When will we see Rosen get the start?
(Where do you stand with the quarterback? Is QB Ryan Fitzpatrick still your starter or is it open?) – “Ryan is still the starter. We’ll evaluate things over the course of the week, and as of right now, Ryan is still the starter.”
After taking two back to back losses, Coach Flores was asked about the moral of this team going forward.
“I think that’s a resilient group in there. It really is. That’s a resilient group in there. I don’t think anyone is – they’re not making excuses. They’re not going to point fingers. I think they’re just going to – we’re just going to go back to work tomorrow, make the corrections, come back Wednesday, make some more corrections and try to get better. We’ve got a big game on the road next week. That will be a challenge in itself, and we’re going to do everything possible to play better and have a better outcome.”
While the Dolphins look to improve, that task doesn’t get any easier. The Miami Dolphins will square off on the road, against a red hot QB in Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys.
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