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Rich Rodriguez, Phinfever, Miami DolphinsThe Good

Tyreek Hill had a monster game, with 12 catches for 177 yards.

The defense played well enough to win the game, until the end when they gave up a 53 yard run to Dalvin Cook. Overall, the defense allowed 24 points, 78 yards rushing, 156 yards passing and only allowed 11 first downs. Elandon Roberts had 7 tackles and 1.5 sacks. Even Noah Igbinoghene had a couple of passes defensed after a rough PI call. The only thing missing from the defense was forcing turnovers, which they seem to be struggling with this year.

The Bad

Even though Jaylen Waddle put up some nice numbers on paper (6 catches, 129 yards), he did drop a pass that led to an interception and fumbled a ball after the catch that essentially ended the game.

Teddy Bridgewater was a major reason the Dolphins offense couldn't get it going. He threw several passes that were behind the receiver. It is clear that even the 7th round rookie with little profession experience is a better player than him.

The offensive line, decimated by injuries, is a mess. Little at left tackle was a disaster. Liam Eichenberg is currently one of the worst guards in the league and is showing no sort of improvement. It may be time to shift the offensive line around. At this time, Armstead, Deiter, Williams, Hunt and Jackson may be the best unit the Dolphins can hope for.

5 penalties on the same drive. This team lacks discipline. That's on the coaches.

The Ugly

Mike McDaniel has zero trust in the running game. That is evident by his playcalling. However, he may need to adjust his approach. Mostert was effective and should have gotten the rock more. Chase Edmonds needs to be benched. He is completely ineffective as a runner. At this point, I'd rather see Gaskin (if healthy) or Admed.

Overall

From 3-0 to 3-3, the Dolphins fall has been precipitous. It coincides with Tua's injury, so the natural conclusion is the Dolphins would have won some of these games if Tua had played. Clearly, the offense looks significantly different when he is the QB. But there are certainly other problems. The cornerback position is decimated. The offensive line is decimated. Aside from Tua returning, we will need these units to get healthy to get back on track.

Next up are the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are 2-4 and have had some struggles. This is a game the Dolphins need to win, or this decline may have no bottom any time soon.

The Good

Raheem Mostert was the lone bright spot on offense in this game. Mostert had 113 yards and 1 TD at 6.3 ypc, giving the Dolphins a ground game that should have led to a better passing game via playaction.

The Bad

Unfortunately, the Dolphins couldn't take advantage of the running game because they were down to their 3rd string QB, a 7th round pick who looked good in preseason against back ups and therefore some thought should get a chance to start against 1st stringers. I'm guessing that notion has been oblitered after Skylar Thompson's performance. No fault of Skylar's, he was put in a tough spot that he clearly was not ready for.

The Dolphins defense is starting to resemble the old "bent but don't break" defenses of the Tom Olivadotti days, that eventually broke. Against the Patriots, the defense played well. Against the Ravens and Bills, the defense gave up a ton of yards, but they were able to create stops at criticam moments in the game. Against the Bengals and Jets, the defense gave up some plays and have been unable to stop anyone. The defense bent and it's now broken. Granted, the defense is based on having two shutdown corners on the outside and that isn't the case with both high-paid corners riding the pine.

The Ugly

The NFL's new concussion protocols are a joke. It is an over-reaction to the Tua injury. Now, a guy who tweaks an ankle can be considered needing to be in the protocol because he looked a little shaky to a spotter while trying to walk it off. This will backfire on the NFL and they will need to peel this back.

Overall

The Dolphins are now 3-2 and it has become clear just how important Tua is to this team. They are not in the game without him. The defense isn't dependable. Special teams are shaky. You can see the difference in the efficiency of the passing game when Tua is in versus Bridgewater and obviously Thompson.

You can bet the Dolphins will now push for Tua to return before the season gets out of hand.

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