The Buffalo Bills and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the top teams in their respective conferences and are on course for an incredible Super Bowl game. The Miami Dolphins faced each team and lost by a combined score of 80-17. Neither game came close to being competitive. Dominated in all phases and severely overtaken, Miami regressed considerably, questioning the competence of Chris Grier and Brian Flores.
Three years after the start of reconstruction, there are no obvious differences between this regime and that of Adam Gase. Reports are starting to surface that Flores lost the dressing room, especially his defense.
By statistics, Miami has the second-worst offense in the league and the third-worst defense in the league. The eye test doesn’t offer any relief either. Poor plans and lazy efforts have surfaced, especially in the second half of last week. There is a clear sense of unhappiness among many players.
And Coach Flores just doesn’t have the answers as the questions start to swallow him up. Instead of tackling the root causes of these problems, Flores immediately deflects the blame by citing “execution” as the main culprit. Flores and Grier demand execution from the players but have no responsibility for their own failures. The national media, once on their side, also noticed and now sprinkle the wounded Tua Tagovailoa with empathy and praise.
Luckily for Dolphin fans, Tua Tagovailoa is back, but I’m afraid the damage has already been done. Miami’s spirit and psyche has been shattered and other teams in the league are taking note. Dolphins are the equivalent of an injured dog licking its wounds while being vulnerable to attack. The remaining little hope rests on Tua Tagovailoa’s little shoulder pads and he has to be nearly perfect to save Miami’s season. If the Dolphins lose to the winless Jaguars, it could spell the end of this Flores-Grier era. I’ll have a new update in a few weeks, when we see if Tua can save us.