Breaking: #Dolphins have placed starting CB Dimitri Patterson on the IR
— cover32 Dolphins (@cover32_MIA) December 10, 2013
The Miami Dolphins were defeated by the Carolina Panthers 16-20. Cam Newton seemed LeBron-like as he torched and gashed the Dolphins defense in the fourth quarter in contrast to Tannehill scrambling aimlessly as precious seconds ticked away. Tannehill, again, had a performance where he either flashes greatness or screams mediocrity and sometimes both. Twice Tannehill under threw the ball and Wallace adjusted and caught the ball. Tannehill also overthrew Wallace yesterday and his accuracy has been called into question as of late. The offense is further hindered by the ineffective run game.
A patchwork offensive line is the reason the run game, or the absence of it, has been an issue. Sam Brenner, who was picked up off waivers not too long ago, goes down and Thomas can’t even sniff the field? Incognito and Jonathan Martin are have left holes in the line. Seeing a skinny Mike Pouncey on the sidelines reminds you of the despair that Lamar Miller and Tannehill must feel when asking the line to block. The most frustrating part is the inability to judge Tannehill’s progression due to shoddy line play.
Nolan Carroll is a nickel cornerback… and that’s okay. The drop-off in quality between him and Brent Grimes is very apparent. Even when compared to Dimitri Patterson you see a drop-off in coverage quality. I know he had a decent game and when you have an INT on the stat line that’s usually the case. Carroll has been targeted constantly by opposing QBs and today’s no different. When Cam Newton needed passing yards he constantly glared over to Carroll’s coverage assignment.