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The first half offense once again looked to be moving in a positive direction. Kudos start with Evan Boehm and Isaiah Prince for helping the run game and doing a decent job in the pass protection. Several analysts pointed out that these guys gave a performance to build on.
Kenyan Drake bounced back from last week's fumble to show why he needs to be the lead back. His playmaking potential is something to watch going forward.
Preston Williams, despite another drop, made some clutch catches.
Davon Godchaux, Christian Wilkins and Raekwon McMillan continue to look like long term staples on this defense. Godchaux and Wilkins consistently cause disruption in the middle and will eventually receive their due credit for the hard work they are doing. McMillan seemed like a Preseason afterthought but has been a heat-seeking missile versus the run game.
Taco Charlton notched another sack and displayed his ability to both set the edge and create pressure. I think he has leapfrogged Charles Harris.
Coaching. What gives with the lack of halftime adjustments? Miami's offense was putrid in the second half and the defense eventually folded. It is almost as if they want to give the game away after a great first half effort. Why are they only rushing four guys versus one of the best QBs in the game?
Josh Rosen. Sure, he made some great throws in the first half including a deep TD to Devante Parker. But two days after I was ready to write a blog defending him he showed why his doubters have valid points. His processing speed is simply too slow at this point and he reminds you of Ryan Tannehill waiting too long for guys to get open rather than throwing them open. Sure, he's behind a terrible offensive line and his targets drop a lot of passes. But you can't continuously fold like a lawn chair in the second half of games.
Xavien Howard and Reshad Jones gave up way too many plays for guys of their talent level. Maybe too much is being asked of them but it is disappointing.
Jason Sanders missed two kicks that felt like a bigger gut punch than you would normally expect. Trailing by a TD at halftime seemed insurmountable comparted to being doing by 1 point and receiving the ball at half time.
The team seemed lifeless in the second half. Its almost as if they realized they are supposed to tank and decided to increase the mental errors.
Miami gets a week off to reassess their situation and see if they can improve this dire situation. Three of the next four games are against teams that are just a notch better than them and it is their best chance to add a few wins to their record. I'm throwing my arms up in the air at this point as I'm already sick of the tank season.
The first-half effort was very good and several players had "moments." Josh Rosen was making accurate throws downfield and the offensive line was buying him just enough time do so. Kudos to rookie Michael Dieter for holding his own and then being asked to play left tackle. Bobby McCain capitalized on a horrendous decision by Dak Prescott and some of the newer arrivals in the secondary stopped what appeared to be an early touchdown drive for Dallas.
Christian Wilkins and Davon Godchaux did very fine jobs disrupting Dallas's vaunted interior offensive line. They created pressure, cut off running lanes and allowed others to make tackles.
The coaching was not up to par. It didn't appear any half time adjustments were made on offense and the defense got worn down. What appeared to be a close game got out of hand quickly because Dallas was able to apply significant pressure on Rosen and he had to force throws.
Someone needs to explain why the coaching staff decided all plays inside the 15-yard line needed to be running plays. Kallen Ballage ranks among the worst in the league with yards after contact and the coaches decided that handing him the ball while Rosen was throwing dimes was a smart play.
Jakeem Grant is becoming a liability. Another muffed punt and he isn't exactly lighting it up as a receiver.
The drops in this game were unacceptable. Jakeem Grant, Kenyan Drake, Devante Parker, and Preston Williams were all guilty of it. Parker's ridiculous drop inside the 10-yard line (the one time Rosen was allowed to throw) was nearly intercepted and basically wiped away the good will he received for his earlier one-handed catch. Miami really needs to consider other receivers because these all too frequent instances are costing the team points.
Xavien Howard had a bad day, a very bad day. It concluded with him being ejected and it makes you wonder where his patience level is at.
This game was the worst loss this year because Miami had opportunities to at least keep it close. The coaching staff failed Rosen and the offense in my opinion. I understand that the talent level is minimal and the receivers had some awful drops, but their play-calling in the Red Zone was curious at best. Miami's schedule softens up a bit in the next few weeks so maybe we'll see some better football. Maybe they can pull off a win to at least look like they're giving their best efforts in game plans and adjustments.