Alex Smith and Tom Brady continue an early two-man race atop the Miami Herald’s latest NFL quarterback season rankings, while the Dolphins’ Jay Cutler (finally) shows a pulse, bumping up one spot to 29th overall.
The good news first: I’m told the Miami Dolphins offense that seemed to hate itself the first four games this season because players constantly made mental mistakes -- with offensive linemen blocking the wrong guys or receivers running the wrong routes or Jay Cutler throwing to the wrong place -- made fewer such mistakes last Sunday against Atlanta.
Let’s start here: Although the Miami Dolphins won this week and the offense performed better and some people are seeing Sunday’s victory over Atlanta as a seminal moment in the 2017 season, everything is not quite resolved yet.
Three Miami Dolphins players who have continued their protests during the playing of the national anthem -- tight end Julius Thomas, defensive back Michael Thomas and receiver Kenny Stills -- are expected to be in New York Tuesday to meet with league owners and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the topic of those contentious protests.
ATLANTA -- Suddenly no one wants to bench Jay Cutler. No one is mocking the Miami Dolphins with memes of a Dolphin snorting cocaine. Suddenly a team that seemed to be going off the rails last week with home fans booing, and offensive line coaches resigning, and players losing their tempers on the sideline and calling out fans days later, gets a respite from the lunacy.
Down 17-0 at halftime, the Dolphins suddenly showed a pulse, erasing a large deficit and upsetting the heavily-favored Atlanta Falcons 20-17 with a shocking 20-0 second half blitz that nobody could have seen coming after a dreadful first half.
Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase says he supports his quarterback Jay Cutler and doesn't listen to the critics about benching Cutler during interviews after the Dolphins victory of the Falcons Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
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