Dolphins good but still not great

10/10/2013, 9 a.m.
So as the Miami Dolphins head into their bye week on the heels of a second consecutive loss, Dolfans are ...

So as the Miami Dolphins head into their bye week on the heels of a second consecutive loss, Dolfans are jumping off the ship as if it were the sinking Titanic. Sure the Dolphins were bullied at home 26-23 by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens this past Sunday.

However, all is not lost. Miami heads into the bye week at 3-2, a winning record, how many of you would have taken that if the question was posed before opening weekend? The lasting image of Sunday’s loss to the Ravens is the raucous cheering of an estimated 20,000 Raven fans that were in attendance.

Truth be told, Dolphin fans who were left hanging their heads in disgust need to compose themselves for a moment, take a step back and look at the big picture. The Miami Dolphins are who we thought they were — an improved, competitive bunch with some serious and very disturbing issues. In order to be mentioned with the top teams in the NFL, Miami needs to correct these glaring flaws immediately.

The offensive line is a joke; they have been horrific. Tannehill was sacked six more times on Sunday, making it 24 in five games. That’s on pace to see him sacked 77 times this season which would exceed the NFL record of 76. To complicate things, Miami's running game has been abysmal. Lamar Miller rushed for 15 yards last Sunday. Simply pitiful.

Tannehill must develop better pocket presence and have that ticking clock in his head so he can get rid of the ball quicker. These are all things that can and must be corrected if the Dolphins are to indeed take that next step.

There are some good signs as Charles Clay has done a decent job replacing Dustin Keller at tight end. Still going into the bye week at 3-2 going is not shabby at all. There is reason for hope, there is reason to dream or think playoffs. 

This is a good football team — far from great but they are good. That however is not the goal, the goal is to be the best. 

While some strides have been made the Miami Dolphins still have a long way to go.

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