Grading Miami Dolphins Offensive Players by Postion Following Loss to Colts

Matt SchreiberAnalyst IIINovember 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - NOVEMBER 04: Reggie Bush #22 of the Miami Dolphins looks for running room while playing the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on November 4, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Both the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts came into this game aware of the hype surrounding it. Not many people predicted before the season started that both teams would have winning records heading into the matchup.

Andrew Luck was able to outplay Ryan Tannehill and get a very emotional win for his Colts team. 

Unfortunately for Dolphins fans, the loss put their team a full game behind the New England Patriots for first place in the AFC East. 

You have got to hand it to Tannehill for playing through his injury and putting up the numbers he did on Sunday. It would have been nice to see him lead the Dolphins to victory.

Here are the grades for some of the Dolphins offensive players by position.


Ryan Tannehill: B

Tannehill threw for 290 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He made some great throws early on which helped set the tempo for the grudge match. His grade would be much higher if he were able to convert the big plays to tie the game or win it with the final drive.

Running Backs

Reggie Bush: B+

Reggie was able to rack up only 41 yards on the ground on Sunday. This number would have been significantly higher had they given the ball to him more than 10 times. His 4.1 yards per carry would have translated to over 100 yards had they handed the ball of to him 25 times. He also had a sensational touchdown run that featured spectacular jukes.


Daniel Thomas: B

Daniel Thomas did not see too much action Sunday, but when he did, he ran with vengeance. Coach Joe Philbin called only six running plays for him, but they resulted in 37 yards and 6.1 yards per carry.

Wide Receivers

Brian Hartline: A

Hartline was Tannehill's most targeted receiver Sunday, and it worked out great for the duo. He was able to reel in eight catches for 108 yards. It is unfortunate he was unable to find the end zone. 

Davone Bess: B+

Davone made some acrobatic catches and more importantly had a decent amount of yards after the catch. He caught six balls for 67 yards. I would like to see Tannehill target him a bit more with screen passes as he can clearly use his legs to get yards.

Jabar Gaffney: C-

Jabar snagged a couple of balls late in the fourth quarter, but those catches were overshadowed by his significant drops. His two catches were good for only 27 yards. 

Tight End

Anthony Fasano: D+

Anthony caught one ball Sunday. He wasn't targeted much by Tannehill, but the lack of involvement in the offense proved somewhat costly for the Dolphins. Although, I did like the job he did in pass protection.