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Miami Dolphins 2012: 3 Takeaways from Week 11 Loss vs. Buffalo on Thursday Night

ORCHARD PARK, NY - NOVEMBER 15:  Jairus Byrd #31 and  Kelvin Sheppard #55 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate Byrd's interception in the fourth quarter against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium on November 15, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 19-14.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Michael SanchezContributor INovember 16, 2012

Well, well, well, if it isn't a familiar sight. The Dolphins are on a three-game skid and are stagnant on both sides of the ball.

What looked like a promising season three weeks ago at 4-3 is turning into another disappointing year of Miami Dolphins football. After a 19-14 loss Thursday night to the Buffalo Bills, the Dolphins find themselves at 4-6 and on the outside looking in, in terms of their playoff hopes.

After the disappointing and lackluster effort, here are three (mostly negative) takeaways from their 19-14 defeat.

 

Observation 1: The Dolphins' Secondary needs a major overhaul

With the loss of Richard Marshall and the abrupt trading of Vontae Davis to the Colts, the Dolphins are seriously thin in the secondary. With the once blossoming play of Sean Smith dying, the Dolphins seem to have no other options at defensive back.

Nolan Carroll was called on four pass interference/illegal contact calls while Jimmy Wilson and R.J Stanford seem lost out there. Overall, opponents are finally figuring out how to exploit the Dolphins, and that's through the passing game. The 'Fins need some serious work this offseason to retool their secondary.

 

Observation 2: Maybe Reggie Bush isn't the feature back he claimed to be

Reggie Bush seemed like he was going to back up his bold guarantee of leading the league this year in rushing yards. For three weeks, he seemed like the best running back in the league. Boy, did that spiral out of control quickly.

After getting injured Week 3 vs. The Jets, Bush seems like a shell of his old self. After only gaining 20 yards Thursday vs. Buffalo, his confidence seems to be diminishing by the week. After getting benched last week after an early first-quarter fumble vs. The Titans, Bush looked despondent on the sideline, and it carried over to this week.

It's not entirely his fault, though. The Dolphins' offensive line couldn't block a Pee Wee lineman at this point.

 

Observation 3: Ryan Tannehill is having some serious growing pains

We all knew Ryan Tannehill would go through this at some point this season, and here it is. The Dolphins' first-round pick is going through his worst stretch of his young career. Tannehill has one touchdown and five interceptions in the last two games.

However, the full blame can't go to the young Tannehill. He is getting no pass protection, the running game has been non-existent, and the receiving core is not one that strikes fear into opposing defenses. Overall, Tannehill seems to be on the right track towards being the savior for a depleted Dolphins franchise, but he has a lot of work to do.

 

On a side note, fire sale anyone? After the Miami Marlins pulled off one of their famous "fire sales," is it time for the Dolphins to do the same? Sean Smith, Jake Long, and Reggie Bush take up a large amount of the team's salary, and don't seem to be producing at the level they are expected to. 

Just food for thought.

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