The Miami Dolphins hoped to eliminate the profound stench emanating from the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin bullying scandal, but they instead further fanned the flames, losing to the previously winless Bucs on Monday night.
The loss continued a nightmarish week for the team, which is now 4-5 after a 3-0 start. The offensive line, playing without Incognito and Martin, fell apart late, failing to protect quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The unit was also awful all night at the point of attack, as the team managed a grand total of two rushing yards all night. Two! That's a matter of will and heart, and the Dolphins clearly didn't want it bad enough.
Then there's the case of receiver Mike Wallace, the $60 million man who can't be bothered to fight for the football. Wallace doesn't even pretend to care.
Miami's problems start at the top with clueless owner Stephen Ross. Remember, Ross is the guy who tried to sign Jim Harbaugh as his coach when he still employed Tony Sparano and then extended Sparano in unfathomable fashion when Harbaugh rightly spurned him to go to San Francisco.
Then there's general manager Jeff Ireland; his foibles are too many to list in this space, but bidding against himself for Wallace ranks near the top. Ireland has shown that he cannot manage a roster or human beings.
While Ross showed support for coach Joe Philbin, he could be on borrowed time as well.
The Dolphins simply must win on Sunday when they host the Chargers. Losing will only further the club's downward spiral of embarrassment and disgrace.
Next Game: vs. San Diego