Miami Dolphins drop another close encounter

Lisa Johnson
AFC South
AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

After the Jacksonville Jaguars win on a last-second Field Goal last week in London, the Dolphins must have been feeling some déjà vu this week.  With 2:00 minutes left in the 4th quarter and holding onto a one-point lead, they once again found themselves in a familiar situation.

The defense needed to keep the Atlanta Falcons out of field goal range. However, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan only took nine plays to drive the Falcons 57 yards, setting up kicker Younghoe Koo’s game-winning field goal from 32 yards as time expired. This dropped the Dolphins to a 1-6 record.

For the second week in a row, the Dolphins have given up last-second game-winning field goals. After the game Coach Brian Flores was asked about his team taking the lead with 2:00 minutes left.

Obviously, to get the lead in the final two minutes and then to put it in your defense’s hands, would be an ideal situation. What happened there on that drive?

BRIAN FLORES: We didn’t do a good enough job. They made some plays. Threw it to Pitts on the over route on the nine-ball. Weren’t able to stop them there at the end. Tried to force a field goal earlier and get the ball back. Didn’t do enough. Especially when we got to have it. We have got to have our best. We have to play our best. We didn’t do that.

Earlier this week Houston Texans reporter John McClain broke the news that the Miami Dolphins were in trade talks for Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson. Leaving many fans divide and confused about the status of Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The Dolphins have yet to comment on the report. Coach Flores on his quarterbacks play today.

BRIAN FLORES: You know, I thought bringing us back on the fourth quarter, putting two drives together to give us the lead, that’s what you are looking for in a quarterback. From that standpoint, he put us in position to win the game, which at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask for from the quarterback. Obviously, some plays he wishes he had back, but overall, I thought he did a lot of good things.

As rumors continued to swirl. Tua Tagovailoa took post-game questions in regards to the trade talk.

Q. What was the week like for you? Obviously, there’s a lot swirling around out there.

TUA TAGOVAILOA: It was a normal week for me. I mean, I approached this game the same way I approach any other game.

Q: But the coaches have to sit down and talk to you about trade rumors. That doesn’t necessarily seem like a normal week even though it’s kind of been consistent all season.

TUA TAGOVAILOA: Yeah, I would say it still is a normal week. The only thing is, I really respect and appreciate his (Brian Flores) transparency, you know, with where he is at with that, but within our conversations, I like to keep those private too.

I asked this question to Tua

Q: It looked like you and Dan Marino had some words before the game FOX showed. Was it encouragement words to you or support, or can you share any of what (he said)?

TUA TAGOVAILOA: It’s always support from Dan (Marino), and then there’s just other things that we’ve kind of talked about that I want to keep private.

Next week the Dolphins travel to Buffalo. With the trade deadline looming. It’s anyone guess exactly what the Dolphins are planning. One thing is for sure, the Buffalo Bills aren’t going to be an easy task. So right now until something officially happens, the Dolphins need to regroup and get ready to travel to Buffalo, because there is still plenty of football left to play.

 

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