Feels like every week its the same gosh darn feeling. Pretty sure with just about all our losses you can recognize a moment in the game (let's call it a lapse) where it could come back to cost us and you know what? It usually does. It's sad really. Let me say this: If anyone actually thinks Philbin deserves another year, ___(Please enter valid reason here)___. There is not one part of Philbin's coaching style that is above average or even above mediocre (maybe his challenges) but really not one thing. 1. This team comes consistently flat in to begin the game and the 2nd half. We had a real opportunity yesterday to put the game away early and I mean early like 2nd quarter early. That Matthews play was a killer but regardless its the NFL, we argue that calls are too stingy or not tough enough depending on the situation. But, we just have the same recurring problem that we have had for a decade. Where teams go for the throat and put the game away we do not. We settle for FG's when we should get TD's. That'ts on a mix of urgency, strategy and execution. It's basically a split. The urgency is to be instilled from the staff to the players and carried out from there. The Strategy is from the staff. As I've stated in previous blogs we might have the worst coaching staff when it comes to Football 101. We have NO identity as a team, we misuse our personnel, and lastly we can't adjust to a game. The execution is on the players plain and simple. I am by no means ready to get on Tannehill but he leaves a lot on the board. He has such a vast array of valuable QB tools, stuff that other QB's drool over. But, he has shown me next to nothing when the game is on the line. His awareness in those situations to take a sack in spite of throwing the ball away, freaking kills me every time. 2. We fail to recognize or adjust. Each week I see us add or neglect some wrinkle that should have been taken cared of prior to that point. These past 3 weeks I have noticed an improvement (not saying good by any means) in pass protection. I will give credit where it's due and that comes to the much desired addition of roll out plays for RT17 but this is something fans and media alike have noticed since Week 5. Our packages on offense are maddening. We preach on interchangeable parts at WR yet we are so bland in the creativity department it makes the Jaguars look interesting. And finally, we start utilizing talent over tenure. Dion Jordan saw a career high in snaps yesterday and guess what he proved again he is a difference maker. My question is why have we waited so long? Don't give me this b.s. about him not being ready or not fitting a particular oppositions strength very well. It's just crazy to me cause it isn't a particular unit or group, it's a collective thing. 3. Miami may be the new graveyard for where talented players come to die. I know that sounds terrible but how can we truly argue that. Take a look at the success Brandon Marshall has been having in Chicago, oh and Denver prior to that. Reggie Bush, had two good rushing years here, but let us not put him in game changer category he was in New Orleans or he has been so far in Detroit. Why? Well, for one doesn't seem like the coaching knew how to utilize him properly. The guy was are only true play maker last year and taking his numbers into account it is pretty sad. Let's be serious even our newly acquired players seem to be play well below their talent level or resume say they should be. I know one thing we have had no continual success on a season by season basis. We have had talent. Let me repeat. We have had talent. Might not be Super Bowl level, but I see no reason why our playoff record should be 0-1 in the last decade. There has been zero continuity. When 3 of the top Tenured FO and Coaching Personnel from the years of 2001 to Present Day are Jeff Ireland, Dave Wannstedt, and Tony Sparano there's no reason to expect some sort of success. This comes down to decision making from the top down. Coaches coach and Players play, but we got to take into account there are those in charge of picking and choosing those individuals. There are two obvious things Stephen Ross has shown since coming into power for the Phins is that he does give a s*** about this team and that he has next to no idea how to properly run a successful Football Franchise. The first part is very needed as I can name a few owners who care a whole lot less than ours does and that bodes well for the fan base to a point. It's one thing to state you want success yet neglect to make the necessary changes when no success has been had in the past few seasons. The second part about Ross is concerning. He is a extremely successful businessman who has extremely knowledgeable and successful employees managing and up keeping his ventures. But, I feel he judges those in place of the Dolphins using his heart when truly he needs to use his head and quite possibly his gut. Just do me a favor look up the picture after the Bucs loss. That should tell him all he needs to know. If Jason Taylor truly believed we had no talent do you think he'd be so disgusted by a hard fought loss. That's my point if you invest in talent those who are in charge of acquiring and developing that talent should be criticized and take the blame. 4. These issues are all recurring. The lack of quality decision making from our Front Office and GM has been an issue for some time. The lack of a figure head at HC during this turn to the 21st century is obvious. It'd be one thing if we let a HC go that proved to be successful at another destination but the truth is we have either cut the cord right away or have held on too long. Cam Cameron was a sweet one and done. Tony Sparano gradually got worse should not one sign of improvement. Sad thing is this staff has done nothing to prove any different than any of them and that comes down to one thing.... improvement. Philbin and co. in my eyes did a admirable job last year. A halfway decent record for a team that had an obvious lack of quality talent or depth. Well, here we sit in year 2 after a full season of experience under their belt and a bevy of draft picks and high $$$ FA acquisitions. Yet, here we are at 5-6 with an obvious problem. We has digressed. In situations where we should have learned from our mistakes we haven't. Situations where we have failed we have not adapted. There are no things I'd say we are particular good at in any phase of our football team. We get to the Quarterback at times but that hasn't resulted in more W's. We've created more turnovers on defense especially in our secondary but we still are what our record says we are 5 and 6. We have had a pretty steady defense the past decade on a year to year basis. Still, we haven't had a defense say like the Ravens in 2000 or Bears in 2006 that can mask our offenses ineffectiveness and propel us to a Super Bowl game. Heck, we haven't even had a defense that can get us a single playoff win. Our offense save the Wildcat phenomenon for that portion of the 2008 season has not garnered any real respect or struck any fear into our opposing defenses. It's always a struggle to score more than 20 points a game. We can never win those games that become shootouts. And it's nearly impossible for us to play catch up when we fall behind. Let's also take into account that here we sit in Year 13 A.M. (After Marino) and none of us can sit here and say RT17 has put our long lost lust for a Franchise Signal Caller to bed. I do believe our current option is the most talented of our previous ones. Still, we see the same recurring mistakes and missed opportunities. But, truthfully I believe he has earned the right to prove what he can do with another regime. If that yields no improvement as well then unfortunately it should be viewed as yet another failed option at QB. As fan's it is sad we deal with this. This is truly our only real option to voice our opinions and feelings on the state of our franchise. Well here is the honest state of the Miami Dolphins. 82 = as in the number of wins from 2002 to this point of 2013. 105 = as in the number of losses since 2002 to this point of 2013. 0 = as in the number of playoff wins since 2002. 1= as in the number of playoff appearances since 2002. 2 = as in the number of times we've had multiple HC's during the course of a season. 3 = as in the number of times we've selected in the Top 3 draft picks since 2002 4 = the number of 1,000 yard receivers we have had during that time (Chambers '05, Marshall '10/'11, Hartline '12) 5 = as in the number of Top 10 draft picks we've had ('05, '07, '08, '12, '13* yes we traded in but still counts) 6 = as in the number of All Pro Players we have had since 2002 7 = as in the number of head coaches we have had since 2002. 12th = as in the highest ranking for Overall Offensive points (the year was 2002). 19 = as in the highest number of pass TD's in a season for a Dolphin QB. (Chad Pennington 2008) That has been what has been notable for this franchise since 2002 in which I consider the last point this franchise has any display of consistent success. If you leave out the 2002 & 2003 season we have had not back to back seasons in which we had a winning record. We have missed on far too many draft picks to even begin to list off. Our roster is comprised of talented parts, talented enough that believing a winning record is not a far fetched expectation. Talented enough that we should more success on the offensive and defensive stat sheet. We may have parts that aren't the best fit for our system but again this organization has chosen them. I've seen us bring in the big names of the past in a Bill Pacells and letting him have free reign which yielded us one playoff appearance and no winning season since. We've tried bring the glitz and glamour in the owner's booth with Jennifer Lopez, the Williams sisters and others which did nothing but remind us the lack of a quality team that we had on the field. We've publicized our pursuit of Coaches only to be turned down in front of the public eye. We purposed a new stadium only to not even get a vote in Congress. We've tried to stay loyal to our decision makers when nothing backs up that it has been needed. This is where we are at folks, tell me your thoughts on what seems to be our consistent and prevalent problems.