But even if he makes that kick and a glow is buoying Dolfans today, We still have all the same problems that occurred as Philbin put it. Weve got a lot of work to do, and we would have had a lot of work to do if the kick went through.
I like that because it is measured. It conveys an understanding that all is not well after a win, and all is not hell after a loss.
Running effectively and stopping the run consistently will give Miami a chance to win most every game, as it did Sunday.
To get over that hump, though, well need to see something of a fast-forward on the metamorphosis of rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill, on his path from raw and learning to comfortable and arrived. He is severely hamstrung by the lack of an outstanding deep-threat receiver. Nevertheless, the imperative on him to be a playmaker will grow by the week.
Philbin was asked Monday how hed like his offense to be seen.
After he mentioned no turnovers, the first thing he said was, Wed love to be an explosive offense that can make big plays.
Well, you need a quarterback for that one you trust.
You need Tannehill to be more accurate, and you need his receivers to give him more opens looks, but it starts with a commitment and creativity by Philbin and offensive chief Mike Sherman to give Tannehill an expanded role.
As Miami continues to run well, play-action passes will increasingly blossom for Tannehill. As defenses stack up to limit that run, the kid will see more and more one-on-one coverage. If defenses smell anxiety, theyll blitz and dare him to beat them.
All of those situations present a pulsing opportunity, and Tannehills readiness and ability to take advantage will ultimately define a Dolphins season that is still finding its shape.