It’s easy to second-guess why Miami wasn’t running the ball there to eat more clock, but it was second-and-8, a passing down, and the defense was set stop the run and invite a pass. Also, that second-guess presupposes a first down running.
Blame Clabo instead for giving up the sack and/or Tannehill for losing the ball. Blaming offensive coordinator Mike Sherman or the play-call is letting those two off the hook too easily.
Clabo takes blame
Clabo stood up and absorbed the blame. Give him that much.”
“I got beat and gave up two sacks at crucial points in the ballgame,” he put it plainly. “I got powered inside. I take full responsibility.”
If only Clabo’s performance on the field merited as much praise as his candor in the locker room.
And if only he were this team’s only problem. Turnovers handed Buffalo 17 points Sunday. Miami is not talented enough, or explosive enough, to be that mistake-prone.
Philbin, in keeping wit his stoic, even-keeled character, began his postgame comments by praising the opponent that had just beaten him, then said:
“In 17 weeks and 16 games, there are ups and downs. Teams with good character and chemistry can overcome those downs.”
Is Miami such a team?
We’ll see about that now.
Because a blown-lead home loss to a division rival for a third consecutive defeat is the kind of down that leaves you praying your team has hit bottom, at least.
“Extremely frustrating,” receiver Mike Wallace called the loss. “A division game … we needed this one to set the tone.”
They set a tone, all right. Unfortunately, that tone was about as somber as the quiet, emptying Dolphins locker room Sunday as that downpour pelted outside.