Dolphins’ excruciating start to season continues
MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Dolphins had forced a punt for once, and Jakeem Grant was about to field the kick when teammate Johnson Bademosi ran into him and sent him sprawling, so the ball was downed at the 8-yard line.
This team literally cannot get out of its own way.
The Dolphins are 0-2 and have been outscored 102-10; no team since 1961 had a worse point differential after two games. Miami’s odds of winning the Super Bowl have soared to 20,000 to 1, or 20 times worse than any other team.
Here are things to know about the team that’s winning the race to the bottom in 2019:
Miami’s defense was better in Sunday’s 43-0 loss to New England, if only because the bar was set so low in the season-opening 59-10 loss to Baltimore.
The Dolphins gave up 16 points on the Patriots’ first nine drives before the defense collapsed from the toll of carrying Miami’s punchless offense on a hot day.
“We played together, we communicated, we played hard,” linebacker Jerome Baker said. “That’s the little light that we had. Ultimately we didn’t get the job done.”
WHAT NEEDS HELP
The Dolphins were shut out at home for the first time since 2010 and netted 38 yards in the first three quarters. An awful offensive line might make it impossible to quarterback the Dolphins, but rookie coach Brian Flores is weighing whether to switch from Ryan Fitzpatrick to Josh Rosen as the starter Sunday at Dallas.
“After a couple of weeks like that, we’re evaluating all positions,” Flores said. “We haven’t made any final decisions yet. Right now, it’s Fitz.”
Fitzpatrick’s passer rating after two games is 39.9. Rosen played in the fourth quarter Sunday and went 7 for 18 for 97 yards with an interception and two dropped throws.
Fitzpatrick passed for only 89 yards and threw two pick-sixes in less than two minutes. The second one came on a pass that deflected off the hands of running back Kalen Ballage, who had another drop earlier. Aside from his embarrassing collision with Bademosi, Grant dropped a long pass, as did DeVante Parker and Preston Williams. Left tackle Jesse Davis and cornerback Eric Rowe also struggled.
Meanwhile, Flores’ head coaching career is off to a start like no other.
“We make the corrections and we move on,” he said. “We don’t point fingers. We don’t make excuses. There’s a room full of guys who aren’t doing that. That’s how you do it. We’ll try to turn things around as quickly as possible.”
As the Dolphins moved one week closer to the 2020 draft, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa threw for a career-best 444 yards in a 47-23 victory over South Carolina.
Defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick, who has been unhappy about his role, remains on the trade market after requesting and receiving permission to seek a deal. With Jones hurt, he played free safety against the Patriots and had six tackles and a fumble recovery.
“He played well,” Flores said. “Hopefully he continues to play well.”