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Dolphins dominated by Titans, 30-17

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Perhaps the job of turning around the Miami Dolphins is a bit more complicated than first-year coach Adam Gase anticipated. Sunday’s 30-17 home loss to the Tennessee Titans shows there are still plenty of things to fix on both sides of the ball.

It was complete domination. The Titans, not to be mistaken for the New England Patriots, limited the struggling Miami offense to 200 yards of total offense and just eight first downs. Tennessee hogged the ball for nearly 37 minutes to Miami’s 23.

Tennessee’s defense intercepted Dolphin quarterback Ryan Tannehill twice and sacked him six times. They held Miami to only 51 yards rushing while amassing 235 rushing yards of their own. The Dolphins were also flagged eight times for 83 yards in penalties.

Miami gave their fans a glimmer of hope in the first half. When Jakeem Grant took a punt 74 yards for a touchdown with 12:33 left in the second quarter, the game was tied 7-7. The Titans responded with a 12-play touchdown drive featuring strong doses of DeMarco Murray and Derrick Henry on the ground.

Miami answered back with their only touchdown drive of the day that included a 58-yard pass from Tannehill to Damien Williams. From that point, the Dolphins offense would be on the field for only 22 plays the remainder of the game, while Tennessee would outscore them 16-3 the rest of the way.

Tannehill finished with 191 yards passing and no touchdowns. Half of his total came on just two throws; the 58-yarder to Williams and another for 50 yards to DeVante Parker.  Jay Ajayi gained 42 yards on the ground and scored the lone offensive touchdown.

Murray led the Titans with 121 yards on the ground while second-year quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 163 yards and three touchdowns.

Miami, now 1-4, got off to a bad start to their four-game, 44-day home stand, an NFL record. It doesn’t get any easier as the 4-1 Pittsburgh Steelers come to Hard Rock Stadium next Sunday.


Bob Sparks is President of Ramos and Sparks Group, a Tallahassee-based business and political consulting firm. During his career, he has directed media relations and managed events for professional baseball, served as chief spokesperson for the Republican Party of Florida as well as the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Attorney General of Florida. After serving as Executive Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Charlie Crist, he returned to the private sector working with clients including the Republican National Committee and political candidates in Japan. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife, Sue and can be reached at

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