Week 6 brought the Miami Dolphins their fifth-straight loss on the year, as they were defeated in heartbreaking fashion by the Jacksonville Jaguars who secured their first win of the season.
The Jaguars, who hadn’t made a field goal entering the contest, had kicker Matthew Wright make two 50-plus attempts late in the fourth quarter to secure a 23-20 victory.
Miami has to address the issues that they have soon, or they’re going to continue to spiral, and they don’t even have their own draft pick to look forward to.
These are five takeaways from the Dolphins’ fifth loss of the season.
Miami is one of the worst teams in the league.
A loss to the previously winless Jacksonville Jaguars solidifies the Dolphins as one of the worst teams in the NFL. That’s the case even with all of the injuries they are battling through.
Miami is ranked near the bottom in nearly every category and hasn’t exactly played the toughest schedule.
Even with the Dolphins getting their starting quarterback back from injured reserve, they couldn’t pull out a win and are staring a lost season in the face.
That game wasn’t on Tua Tagovailoa.
In his first game back, Tagovailoa looked solid. He wasn’t a game-breaker, but he did what was asked of him.
The quarterback completed 33-of-47 pass attempts for 329 yards with two touchdowns, and one interception.
While Tagovailoa will get a lot of blame for the decision to throw on a play when he should’ve ran and his terrible interception, he was good enough to win this game today.
Something needs to be addressed with the coaching staff.
Play-calling and decision-making are what this game came down to. Head coach Brian Flores had some confusing challenges that were both very questionable considering the time of game, call on the field, and situation.
George Godsey deserves a fair share of the blame as well. His offense was humming for parts of this game and then would completely shut down. That comes from poor play-calling. There shouldn’t be situations where you’re throwing a screen pass on a second-and-20 or running out of shotgun on fourth-and-short with the game on the line.
Many will be calling for someone’s job, and it’s not unwarranted.
This offense runs through WR Jaylen Waddle and TE Mike Gesicki
Positive things happen when Waddle and Gesicki touch the ball.
This week they combined for 18 receptions for 185 yards and two touchdowns. That type of production from your top two targets without garbage time will usually result in wins.
Waddle’s ability to get open and make a defender miss and Gesicki’s hands should make them the first two options that Tagovailoa looks at post-snap.
The offensive line was good enough.
It was the Jaguars, so people will say you can’t get too excited. However, you can only play the teams on your schedule.
The Dolphins’ revamped offensive line kept Tagovailoa off his back, as they didn’t allow a sack for the first time this year. The group had actually allowed at least two in every contest so far.
There were certainly some plays that the line was getting pushed back in Tagovailoa’s face, and he was able to either release the ball quickly or run free, so they weren’t perfect. These are the small steps that need to be seen with a group that had been poor for the first four weeks.