Miami Dolphins Week 17 Stock Report
Only four days stand between the Miami Dolphins and Black Monday.
Big changes were imminent well before Miami's 18-12 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Obviously, Sunday's result doesn't change that.
But there's still a lot left to play for in 2015. The players are still playing for jobs, even if Dan Campbell isn't coaching for his—he's likely gone this year, but the players still have to put good tape out there to ensure they'll remain employed in 2016.
So, here's a quick look at some of the players who were "up" and others who were "down" in Sunday's loss.
Stock Down: Jamil Douglas
Make no mistake: Rookie offensive lineman Jamil Douglas was the man responsible for the final blown play in the Dolphins' loss to the Colts.
Douglas was filling in at center and snapped the ball too fast on the team's final offensive play, which led to the sixth and final sack of quarterback Ryan Tannehill to end the game. According to James Walker of ESPN.com, Douglas was confused on the cadence and was supposed to snap the ball on two to try to draw the Colts offside. Instead, he snapped it on one, which led to 10 Dolphins standing still.
The Dolphins have been searching for guards for their offensive line for years. Douglas was thought to address one of their needs, but how he responds to this game could determine whether or not he is the answer at the position.
Stock Up: Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry's performance Sunday against the Colts was one for the record books.
With seven receptions for 111 yards, Landry extended his franchise record to 104 receptions in 2015. He is now the only receiver in Dolphins history to record 100 receptions and 1,000 yards in the same season.
Landry also had arguably the highlight of the weekend with his leaping, twisting catch that was reminiscent of his former LSU teammate Odell Beckham Jr.
The Dolphins haven't had many bright spots this year, but Landry has perhaps been the brightest.
Stock Down: Dolphins Front Seven
Yes, these stock reports usually focus on individual players, but if there's one thing the Dolphins have taught the world about run defense, it's that the burden never falls on one player when things go wrong—just as the credit never goes to one player when things go right.
On Sunday against the Colts, the Dolphins once again yielded 100 rushing yards, which marked the ninth time this season that they have allowed at least 100 rushing yards to their opponent. Nine games at more than 100 rushing yards allowed is tied for the 10th-most such games this year. What's more, the Dolphins rank 30th in rushing yards allowed per game.
At this point, everyone knows that the Dolphins' biggest weakness is against the run. The question for them is how to fix it. Look for the offseason to focus on finding a formidable duo of run-thumping linebackers in addition to determining whether the Dolphins' best bet next to Ndamukong Suh is Earl Mitchell, Jordan Phillips or someone else.
Stock Up: Ryan Tannehill
Toughness is one of the prerequisites for any football player, but especially a quarterback like Ryan Tannehill who's practically being mugged every time he drops back to throw.
The Colts sacked Tannehill six times, but like a Timex, he just took a licking and kept on ticking. Even more impressive than the toughness he showed in the game was the toughness he showed in even suiting up, as he played despite urinating blood earlier in the week, according to Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald.
According to Pro Football Focus, Tannehill has been under pressure on 39.6 percent of his dropbacks this year, which is the fifth-highest percentage in the NFL. The Dolphins offensive line has been one of its biggest weaknesses for years, and it's starting to take its toll on the franchise quarterback.
The Dolphins have a lot of weaknesses to fix this offseason, but the two weak spots at offensive guard have to be near the top of the priority list.
Stock Down: Dan Campbell
Well, this is about the end of the line for Dan Campbell.
The interim head coach started off red-hot with two dominant wins in his first two games as the Dolphins' new leader, but he has cooled off significantly since then. The Dolphins were 1-3 when he took over and have compiled a 4-7 record since then.
The Dolphins would probably love nothing more than to send Campbell out on a high note, but in the end, it won't make much of a difference. They will be searching for a new head coach in about one week's time, while Campbell will be searching for new work.
That's not entirely his fault, though. He didn't have a hand in building the team he ultimately ended up coaching, but he won't have a hand in rebuilding them either.