The loss pretty much ends the season for Miami because the last game won't mean anything. The Dolphins don't control their own destiny. In order to make the playoffs, Miami must hope either Kansas City or Seattle lose. K.C is playing
the Raiders at home, up untill this week they have played very well winning 5 in a row. I don't see Oakland beating K.C in K.C. So, the Dolphins' hopes rest on the shoulders of the same Jets... They play the Seahawks. They proved that they can win games and if not for the bad start of the season they would have probably made the playoffs. They sure are playing like a playoff team.
Anyway I don't see Miami winning a road playoff game anyway, so even if they make the playoffs (which I doubt they will) as I said in the past, anything other than an early exit will be a big surprise.
Grading the Dolphins
QB - A wild game for Dan. He threw 3 INTs that could have been 4. One of them was returned for a TD. Another one was a hail mary pass, so that doesn't count, the third was a critical play because New York took over at the Miami 1 inch line and punched it in. The third INT wasn't really Marino's fault, he was between two Jets trying to prevent a safety deep in his own endzone,
Pritchett was running at the 4 yard line and when Dan threw he kind of stopped in the middle and the Jet defender came from behind to make the INT.
On the plus side, He threw for 3 TDs, one of them on a flea-flicker play to Tony Martin. He threw for 322 yards and his percentages were good especially at the begining of the game. Up to the hail mary at the end of the first half, he was 13 of 17, and he had 2 dropped passes. He finished the game with a high percentage despite dropped passes by the recievers (by everyone). B-
WR - Marino completed a lot pf passes, but they didn't make any big plays aside from the Martin TD. There was a critical 4th down catch by Green.
Gadsden, Mcduffie, Martin, Perry and Konrad all dropped passes. Pritchett was deraming on a very good throw by Marino that could have ended with a TD. Perry caught his first pass of the year, a TD.
Martin had more than 100 yards surpassing 1000 for the season. He would have probably had better numbers if not for the Marino injury. He is also the
2nd player to have 1000 yards in a season for 3 teams (San Diego, Atlanta and Miami). The first one was Fryar (New England, Miami and Philadelphia). C+
RB - JJ Johnson did a nice job, He had a season long run of 34 yards (if that's a season long run, it tells you a lot about the running game...). The problem is Miami didn't run often and when it counted they weren't as good as when it didn't.
JJJ had a 1 yard TD, over the top.
Pritchett made two errors in the passing game, he dreamt on a good throw, and the biggest mistake of the game
was shared by him and Marino (although JJ will probably blame Dan...), he just stopped running for no apparent reason and allowed the Jet defender to intercept a pass at the 1 inch line.
As for Konrad he is just playing plain old fashioned BAD, he was dreaming, dropping passes or barely juggling dump off passes, he is not in the game for weeks and I hope they manage to re-sign Pritchett, although I'm not sure they will. C
OL - So and so (which is OK considering what I think of them) they pulled very good in the long JJJ run at the begining (Gogan, Brown). As I said in the past when Dan has time he always connects, when he didn't.. see the INT-Pritchett fiasco. C-
DL - Lucas wasn't sacked, he was hurried at times but really he had all day to throw. He completed only 11 of 23 but for 3 TDs, They didn't deliver when it was needed especially at 4th down at the end (that goes for the entire defense). If Miami gets the ball there with 69 yards to go and over a minute they could have tied the game. Curtis Martin also ran pretty well. D+
LB - Quite day for the LBs, I hardly saw Jones and Rogers. Even if you take away the 14 turnover related points, getting 24 from the Jets in this kind of game is way too much. D+
DB - Cherbet for 50 yards and Ward for 56 yards (that esentially killed Miami) lost the game for Miami because it was a close game and Miami was moving the ball pretty well with their passing offense. Cherbet was all alone (Surtain, Hallo ??) Surtain hardly fit in the same frame with Cherbet, in that kind of play, when you're one on one you can't fall for the play action. The man he benched
Buckley gave up the second TD, again Ward was wide open, really, he was so wide open he could have pitched a tent and waited for the ball. Bad game, Madison was quiet, N.Y didn't throw his way often. Lucas had 3 TDs and 115 rating, I think those numbers explain the grade. F
Special teams - OK at the coverage, stupid penalty negated a nice Jacquet return, and gave N.Y great field position. Mare was 1 of 2 and had a nice onside kick but the team didn't recover although they had a chance. The punting was wild and bad, Hutton is in a decline, more of a bunji jump. Bartholemew needn't worry abount his job.C
Coaching - They did everything they could, the play calling was OK, the challenge wasn't necessary because I didn't think OJ made it to the endzone either, and that's before I saw the replay. C+