Whether he should keep that job going forward is up for debate.
The Jaguars made a concerted effort to attack McCain on Sunday and did so with great success. Allen Robinson had a career game, catching six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
Not all of that production came at McCain’s expense. But a lot of it did, including a touchdown catch. McCain was also flagged for pass interference late in the first half, which led to a field goal that was ultimately the difference in the game.
“He made plays, we didn’t,” McCain said of Robinson. “I expect them to go at me every game. Nothing changes. They’re going to take shots down the field. We have to make plays.”
The Dolphins’ medical room was a busy place post-game.
Among those injured who did not return: Lamar Miller (ankle), Cameron Wake (hamstring), Jordan Cameron (groin) and Branden Albert (hamstring).
Wake was questionable to even play after hurting his hamstring the week before, but started Sunday. He didn’t make it to halftime, and didn’t really have an explanation why.
“If you want to talk about that, you talk to coach [Joe] Philbin," Wake said.
When asked if he was upset that he wasn’t allowed to play in the second half, Wake responded: “You know me. That answers your question.”
Jared Odrick is an occasional liar. He fully admits it — but the most recent example wasn’t out of malice. It was simply to help downplay a potential distraction.
“I have to tell you guys that I was lying the whole week,” Odrick, the Dolphin-turned-Jaguar defensive tackle, told reporters Sunday after dominating his old team for much of the fourth quarter.
“Yeah, it did feel kind of personal.”
Odrick got the sweetest payback on the team that let him walk in free agency. With the score tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter, Odrick sacked Ryan Tannehill then batted down a pass in consecutive plays.
The sequence forced a Dolphins punt; the Jaguars kicked the game-winning field goal on the ensuing drive.
Odds and ends
▪ Dolphins inactives Sunday: CB Will Davis, CB Tony Lippett, OL Jeff Linkenbach, OG Billy Turner, TE Dion Sims, WR Matt Hazel and DT A.J. Francis. For Turner, it was the latest setback in a frustrating summer. Turner entered training camp as the starting right guard, but lost the job to Jamil Douglas.
▪ DeVante Parker had the first catch of his career, a three-yard reception in the first half.
The Dolphins didn't record a sack Sunday. They have just one in two games.
▪ Andrew Franks was 2 of 3 on field goal attempts, missing from 42 yards.
▪ The Jaguars won despite having starters out: TE Julius Thomas, LT Luke Joeckel, DE Andre Branch, DT Sen’Derrick Marks and SS Johnathan Cyprien (FIU).
▪ Rishard Matthews (six catches for 115 yards) and Jarvis Landry (8 for 110) had monster games. Landry had a career-high in receiving yards.