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Jarvis Landry had sideline outburst Sunday over Dolphins’ offensive struggles

Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins’ leading receiver this season, caught only two passes for five yards against the Ravens on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015.
Jarvis Landry, the Dolphins’ leading receiver this season, caught only two passes for five yards against the Ravens on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Think it’s frustrating when your favorite team passes for just 82 yards?

Imagine if you’re part of that team.

On Sunday, with the Dolphins’ offense looking like something out of the 1940s, that frustration finally bubbled over for Jarvis Landry.

He went off on the sideline after one of the Dolphins’ four failed first-half possessions, several sources tell the Miami Herald. Landry threw his helmet in anger, vented about the Dolphins’ lifeless offense and needed several teammates to calm him down.

Even after that, he was visibly upset for some time.

“He’s an emotional player, and sometimes when things aren’t going his way, it gets the best of him,” one Dolphins player said.

When asked about Landry’s eruption by a CBS reporter at halftime, Dan Campbell responded: “He’s a competitor and wants to win.”

Landry was not present in the locker room during the time that it was open to the media Monday. Dolphins players are off until Thursday.

Although details on what exactly set Landry off are scarce, he was simply not part of the Dolphins’ run-heavy game plan in Sunday’s win over the Ravens. Landry had just two catches for five yards, both season-lows (he caught 13 passes for 165 yards a week earlier against the Jets).

Landry usually gets 10 balls thrown his way per game. On Sunday, it was half that. The Dolphins scored just one offensive touchdown Sunday, and the team has managed more than 20 points just twice in 12 games.

It’s human nature to get frustrated, especially when you’re doing your job and things aren’t going your way. You want things to go your way, but you’re going to get naturally frustrated.

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Landry, the team’s leader in catches and receiving yards, has a history of fiery behavior.

Before the season opener, he got into a fight with then-teammate LaMike James in the special-teams meeting room. Landry has also been fined more than $23,000 for abusive language directed toward an official this season.

“It’s human nature to get frustrated, especially when you’re doing your job and things aren’t going your way,” said left tackle Branden Albert, who did not witness Landry’s outburst. “You want things to go your way but you’re going to get naturally frustrated. But as professional athletes and football players, you know hopefully, when you keep pressing and keep pressing, things are going to bust out.”

Albert, meanwhile, is as pleased with his own play as he has been all season. Finally fully healthy after major knee surgery then a hamstring injury, Albert said he’s again “playing like Branden Albert.”

Albert, along with the rest of the starting offensive line and tight end Dion Sims, received a game ball for helping pave the way for 113 rushing yards by Lamar Miller against the Ravens.

“We committed to it yesterday,” Campbell said of the running game. “When you commit to something, then more times than not you would like to be able to establish it. And that’s what we did. We didn’t get frustrated. We didn’t go off the game plan because they shut down a couple of runs or we had an incomplete pass. We hung with it and it helped us.”

That approach worked because the Ravens were down to a backup quarterback and a backup running back. But it’s hard to see it working again the rest of the season; the Dolphins’ last four opponents all have top-tier quarterbacks.

So Tannehill, after a down few weeks, might need to start playing like one again for the Dolphins to have a chance in any of these games.

When asked if he’s concerned about the passing game, Campbell said Monday:

“Not after yesterday. I know what we need to do. I knew that that type of game was the one that we needed to win that game. I was very confident in our defense, and they played the way that I thought they would play. And offensively we did what we had to do.”

Campbell added: “Certainly most games if you’re throwing for [82] yards you’re hoping you get three touchdowns out of those [82]. But we’ll be better in the pass game. And we’ll complement the run game much better than we did yesterday.”

▪ The Dolphins plan to cut safety Jordan Kovacs on Tuesday, according to his agent David Canter, who late Monday criticized the timing of the move on Twitter. “By releasing the player [Tuesday] instead of [Monday] he misses an entire day when he could and most likely would be claimed.” Any transaction not processed with the league by 4 p.m. is carried over to the next business day.

▪ Campbell confirmed defensive tackle Robert Thomas on Sunday dislocated his elbow, which is likely a season-ending injury. The Dolphins are hopeful they will get back Earl Mitchell this week; Mitchell missed the Ravens game with a calf injury.

▪ Why was cornerback Jamar Taylor, who started six straight games, a healthy scratch Sunday? Campbell said it was because the Dolphins needed to have five safeties up for special-teams purposes. Taylor lost his starting job to Bobby McCain last week, and didn’t hide his frustration to reporters. McCain will likely get the start again Monday against the Giants.

Adam H. Beasley: 305-376-3565, @AdamHBeasley

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