Jeff Ireland Should Get Fired After Dolphins Collapse Against the Jets
On Sunday, the Dolphins completed one of the most disappointing, weirdest, deflating and confounding seasons in Dolphins history (no small achievement, all things considered) by once again coming out largely flat and lifeless against a division rival. The Dolphins fell to the Jets 20-6 and finished with an 8-8 record, good for 3rd in the AFC East during a season where the Dolphins spent $200 million in free agency, moved up in the draft to acquire DE Dion Jordan and publicly proclaimed that it was "our time."
The Dolphins started the game with some desire, scoring an early touchdown on a Tannehill-to-Wallace connection in the red zone as the Jets all-out blitzed the young QB. Tannehill showed great timing and recognition on the touchdown play but then proceeded to take all that good chi and flush it down the toilet along with any hopes for the playoffs. After that TD, Tannehill only completed 11 more passes the rest of the day and even threw in his patented misfires to Wallace on a play where the wide receiver was once again completely open for a touchdown.
The Tannehill-Wallace connection has been worse than one your dad made with two cans and a string. It never got going and it seems like it never will. To make things worse, the Dolphins lost Brian Hartline early in the game and had to settle for names like Rishard Matthews and Marlon Moore when there were about 58 fairly decent WR prospects in this past April's draft that the Dolphins simply couldn't care less about having on their talent-stacked team.
Not only were the Dolphins overmatched on the field on a talent level but Rex Ryan -- coaching for his job -- managed to out-coach, out-think and out-gameplan Dolphins head coach Philbin, offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle. The Geno Smith-led Jets -- a QB whom 3 weeks ago was about as efficient an NFL QB as the Icelandic pre-historic snowman, Otzi -- beat the living shit out of the Dolphins by gaining 154 yards on the ground, being stingy on defense and smartly gobbling up tons of time in the 2nd half whenever they had the ball. Though the game was 14-7 and within hand for much of the contest until the Jets added two 4th quarter field goals, the Dolphins simply had no desire or will to win the game and treated the opportunity to reach the playoffs for only the second time since 2001 as if it was dipped in shit and covered in some face-melting super AIDS virus.
Now the fun stuff starts.