|Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill had a rating of 50.2 in a loss to New York on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
The Dolphins had their chances in a 23-20 overtime loss to the New York Jets on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium. Miami (1-2, 0-1 AFC East) dominated early but squandered a double-digit lead as rookie QB Ryan Tannehill threw an interception returned for a touchdown. Tannehill rebounded to move the team into position to win in overtime but K Dan Carpenter missed his second field goal of the game. New York (2-1, 2-0 AFC East) wasted little time marching down the field and ending the game after K Nick Folk was true from 33 yards.
Tannehill was mediocre. The eight-overall pick in April’s draft completed 16 of 36 passes for 196 yards with a horrendous interception returned for a score by Jets DB LaRon Landry. The offensive line continues to play like one of the elite units in the league as the group paved the way for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 43 carries and didn’t yield a sack. The attack did lose some punch after RB Reggie Bush (61 yards) left in the second quarter with an undisclosed leg injury.
The front seven gets closer to an A-minus while the secondary was more like an F. Miami yielded 88 yards on 33 carries as it registered seven hits on Jets QB Mark Sanchez. DBs Richard Marshall and Chris Clemons each recorded an interception, but were routinely beaten on short routes and struggled to make simple tackles after the catch.
Special teams: F
It’s not a fair grade for P Brandon Fields, who averaged 58.8 yards over four boots. But K Dan Carpenter really let the team down with a pair of misses in the second half. Carpenter missed from 47 yards early in the fourth quarter before shanking a game-winning try from 48 yards in overtime. For a team that won’t score many points, Carpenter must be nearly automatic inside of 50 yards.
First-year coach Joe Philbin has a recipe for success: run the ball on offense and stop the run on defense. The team did both very well but didn’t have enough athletes at WR or DB to make key plays. OC Mike Sherman continues to develop Tannehill as he remains far from a finished product.
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