The Dolphin Report

By Ron Poltorack


Well, here we go again, 0-7 . . . and counting down to next April.  One thing is for sure, Head Coach Tony SparaNoJobSecurity will not be along for the entire ride, his already sealed fate grows closer with each passing loss. 

At the Meadowlands on Sunday the Fins may have gone down for the seventh consecutive time this season, but they did not go down without a fight.  The Fins jumped out to a 14-3 lead in the first half, but did not disappoint the doubters as they let it slip away once again, losing to the Giants 20-17. 

The defense allowed Eli Manning to look a lot like Big Brother Peyton.  Eli completed 68.8% of his passes, threw a couple of TDs and had a QB rating of 106.6 for the day.  The Giants only kept the ball on the ground for far less than half of their offensive plays, but that was no surprise as they played to the Fins’ weakness, pass defense.   For the Giants it proved to be a winning formula.

Matt Moore guided the Fins to touchdowns on consecutive first-half possessions, the only time the Fins have managed that feat in the first 2 months of the season.   He was 8 of 11 in the first half as the opened up a 14-3 lead.  But it was all downhill from there as he went quiet in the second half (5 of 11), particularly in the fourth quarter when the game was still up for grabs.  For the day Moore was 13 of 22 (59.1%) for 138 yards, 1 INT and 0 TDs (although he ran a bootleg for a TD) with a dismal 58.5 QB rating.  The Fins could not manage a single first down in the 4th quarter.  And so the Fins did what bad teams tend to do.  First, they failed to put the game out of reach when they had the opportunity to do so; and then they found a way to lose.

Thus, the Fins have reached the point that in order to have a winning season they must not lose another game.  On the other hand, perhaps they must actually lose all their games to have a “winning” season.  As things look, 0-16 would bring a better reward than would 9-7.  Standing here at 0-7 it is becoming increasingly difficult not to adopt the Suck for Luck mantra.  As the folks in Detroit have learned, a franchise quarterback can be the cure for even the worst franchise’s long-term ills.  Given the revolving door the Fins have had at the QB position in the dozen years since Dan Marino’s forced retirement, it is obvious that a franchise QB will not mysteriously appear from any source other than the draft.  The most likely way to find a franchise QB is by getting the top pick in a QB rich-draft.  And 2012 figures to be the richest such draft since Don Shula walked away with Marino and an ear-to-ear smile in the 1983 draft.

Which brings us to GM Jeff Ireland.  Dolfans must hope that should the Fins suck so much that they finally get some luck, that April’s choice does not remain in the hands of the guy that thought Pat White was worth selecting a couple of years ago.  Ireland simply cannot and should not be trusted.  He is a major reason the Fins find themselves in such dire straits.

With the winless season still intact, the Fins may be in luck after all, but should that come to pass, Andrew Luck’s head coach will not be Tony SparaNoJobSecurity.

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