Miami Dolphins Football: What's Happened to the 'Phins?

T.J. MorrillCorrespondent ISeptember 27, 2009

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 27:  Linebacker Jason Taylor #99 of the Miami Dolphins  reacts on the sideline during their loss to San Diego Chargers, 23-13, during the NFL football game at Qualcomm Stadium on September 27, 2009 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, things look over already for our beloved Dolphins.  I don't want to draw any conclusions yet but things certainly don't look good. 

Let's begin with the offense.  Chad Pennington is down and out, leaving the inexperienced Chad Henne under center.  The one thing that the offense prided itself on last year has not been done, turnovers hurt the Dolphins in Week One and this week, especially by the goal line.  As coach Sparano said "That is a sin!"  They don't take advantage of opportunities and they keep settling for field goals. This is just overall frustrating.

The defense.  Oh boy, what happened here?  Stop the run, get a sack and give up third and long.  Can't be doing that.  Too many gigantic plays are being allowed.  It's tough to win when your defense constantly gives up 50-yard plays.  Only one takeaway in three games can't happen either.  Not only is the offense not helping the turnover margin, the defense can't take advantage of opportunities either. Too many times has a pickable pass slipped through someone's hands or left alone. 

Last, but certainly not least, on my list of problems with the Dolphins this year is the coaching staff, particularly its play calling.  Drive 94 yards running the ball, use the wildcat, and then pick up yards in the red zone.  Hell, let's throw the ball because we all know we can't run the ball consistently.

Dan Henning is trying to be too creative and too tricky.  If they can't stop it, keep doing it.  If you feel like it, run the wildcat all game or run the no huddle all game; our opponents haven't been able to stop either of them. 

The defensive play calling I suppose isn't as horrible, or at least not as blatant, but one thing: if you're playing man by the goal line, keep a spy linebacker to watch the quarterback that was a real glaring mistake. 

How to fix it?  I don't know how, I'll be honest, but I will point out four things that need changing in my conclusion. 

Number one, no more turnovers.  Number two, keep doing what works.  Number three don't blow coverage.  Number four, get into the end zone, don't kick field goals.

Anything can happen, although I don't expect a miracle from the Dolphins this year.  Nevertheless, I will continue to analyze their play.