Dolphins Lose Their Cool and the Game
After starting the season 4-2, the Dolphins finished the season 2-8. Not the record the team nor their fans had hoped for, especially with all the talent on both sides of the ball. In the season finale Miami had the opportunity to play spoiler to Buffalo’s playoff chances, but that chance evaporated as the Dolphins lost their cool and the game with it.
While Jay Cutler dressed, warmed up and played the first series of snaps, his day was over. His Dolphins career likely over as well, but Cutler walks away with a cool $10 million for his service this season. The majority of the game was played by David Fales who the Dolphins wanted to get a good look at. Fales who didn’t do much more than Jay Cutler would have threw for 265 yards and threw a key interception in the 4th quarter that all but ended the Dolphins’ chances of victory.
Fales after the game talked about the interception, “Again, miscommunication. We were just on a different page. I was letting it rip on a different route and he heard something else so just miscommunication.”
Although it seemed the fight in the Dolphins had waned thin, a 4th quarter brawl showed otherwise. The fight stemmed from Jarvis Landry headbutting Jordan Poyer after a 4th quarter Landry touchdown. Landry was ejected as well as Kenyan Drake who threw a Buffalo helmet. Both will more than likely be fined and potentially suspended for the first game of the 2018 season.
The brawl ended the day for Landry but not before Landry set the Dolphins record for most reception in a season with 112. His 112 receptions also were a league best.
Cameron Wake also recorded 1.5 sacks which gave him 10.5 sacks for the season. Wake is the 12th player in NFL history with 10 sacks or more after the age of 35. For his career, Wake has 92 sacks.
Now the Dolphins start gearing up for the draft and free agency. With a number of issues to work on, Adam Gase and the Dolphins front office have a lot of work to do in between.