The Miami Dolphins: A Tale of Two Halves

Lisa Johnson
AFC South & East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” – Charles Dickens

All too familiar for Miami Dolphins fans. Instead of quoting A Tale of Two Cities, however, we have the tale of two halves. It’s a question that many Dolphins fans are asking.

What exactly happens to this team at halftime?

Through the first two-quarters of play, the Dolphins have been managing to score a few points. They’ve been putting some drives together, letting quarterback Josh Rosen find his rhythm. They even manage to keep the game close until halftime. At times they stayed somewhat competitive and looking like they might come out of the locker room and continue to build off that success.

Then, for some reason, the team we saw in the first half seems to hit the showers and head to their cars. The same team just doesn’t seem to be around in the second half. I truly wonder what goes on in the locker room? You make some minor adjustments and speak some words of encouragement and out you go. But the team just seems to become…lost.

So who is to blame? Four straight games without a single point in the second half. I could sit here and write all the stats and garbage excuses until the cow’s come home, but I won’t. You already know the stats. I can also tell you that any other organization’s offensive coordinator that has yet to score one single point would no longer be employed. Yet Miami hasn’t made a change.

So then you have to turn to the players. When asked about their lackluster second halves, “It’s the same sad story,” running back Kenyan Drake said plainly after Miami’s 30-10 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers in week 4. “We just have to come out in the second half, make the necessary adjustments like the other team does, and play from there, and put ourselves in the best position to be competitive when you know it’s a four-quarter game.” “We don’t make plays and they make plays, or we give them opportunities to sustain drives or turn the ball over whatever the case might be when we get behind,” Drake said. “We have to band together and understand it’s not the end of the world and come out and play football.”

Everyone in that locker room knows their roles. It’s up to the players to make the necessary adjustments and keep playing. The Dolphins have been outscored, outcoached and pretty much outplayed every second half. Coaches and players know where they must improve, and playing a complete four quarters of football would be a good start.

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