The Dolphins are a 3-1 team that still has room to grow.
After the 38-17 loss at the hands of the New Orleans Saints this past Monday night, it was back to the drawing board for this franchise. There are still issues that need to be resolved.
And by the stats don’t lie.
* The Dolphins are the only team that is above .500 and has a negative turnover differential.
* Miami gives up too many yards, and has been outgained by a 73-yard average in each of the four contests they have played in.
* The offensive line has been porous, allowing quarterback Ryan Tannehill to be sacked 18 times this season.
* The running game has been nonexistent because of guard play.
This is the week where the rubber meets the road so to speak. Baltimore comes to town with a 2-2 record and has some of the same issues as the mighty Fins. Joe Flacco has been average after his Super Bowl run. The running game has been downright bad and the play from the left tackle slot has been shaky.
The franchise traded for Jaguars left tackle Eugene Monroe this week.
According to Andy Cohen of thefinsiders.com, this is a week where Tannehill and other members of the roster are in “bounce back” mode, trying to regroup from Monday.
“You have to be able to turn the page,” said Tannehill earlier this week. “You have to be able to move forward.”
Cohen added, “One fumble, his league-leading sixth of the season. Three interceptions. It was a discouraging night, a disappointing night. Tannehill was on the Monday night stage for the first time, going up against future Hall of Famer Drew Brees, and he just couldn’t produce.”
Flacco may not be a Hall of Fame passer yet, but he is one of the better ones in the league to test and challenge Tannehill’s skills. So is the Ravens’ defense. With Haloti Ngata and Terrell Suggs applying pressure, there should be a real chance to show the league whether or not Monday’s loss was just a blip on the radar for this team.
Right now, through the first four games, Tannehill has five touchdowns and five interceptions. He needs to take a major step forward so the Dolphins are not so dependent on its defense.
“Every quarterback has days like that, “ Miami offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said in the online story. “That’s the strength of Tannehill. He’s accountable for everything that leaves his hands. He has a resiliency you look for in a quarterback.”
The Dolphins would like a little easier week off next week. The team has a bye next Sunday followed by a home game against the Bills on October 20.