Dolphins Overall Worth (DOW) after a disappointment in Indy: 536.6 (-21.7)
RYAN TANNEHILL (NASDAQ: TANN) +1: When a rookie limits mistakes, tosses for 290 yards and a rating over 90, it’s a positive. That being said, you can’t throw a pass on the wrong side of the sticks on a desperation 4th down. Sad thing is we completed it. Even sadder, it wouldn’t have counted anyway. Shake it off, rook. You’re the most promising stock we’ve had in a long time.
REGGIE BUSH (NYSE: BUSHY) +1 1/2: Reggie didn’t get a ton of work, but his touchdown looked like the early season version of himself. He averaged over 4 yards per carry, and caught a couple of passes for 25 yards. If Reggie can start looking like his old self we should be right in the thick of things at season’s end. He made us dangerous, and we’ve missed his explosiveness.
BRIAN HARTLINE (NYSE: BHART) +2: Eight catches and 100+ yards for the slippery Hartline. He’s got great hands, but he tends to disappear some weeks. His rightful place is as a crafty #2/#3 guy, although it’s hard to be that when there is no #1. Which reminds us, may we uncork something from our whine cellar and point out that Brandon Marshall is now on pace for 1,600 yards and 14 TDs?
EVERY DB ON THE ROSTER (NYSE: EDBOTR) – 8 1/2: We were on the wrong end of a record-setting day last week. We made a calculated decision this week to make Andrew “What The” Luck beat our defensive backfield, and he promptly did to the tune of 433 yards. A slap on the wrist for everyone back there, as there’s plenty of blame to spread around. That being said, see below.
KEVIN COYLE (NASDAQ: COYL) -11: Poor Kevin makes his debut on the stock report, and not in a good way. Long story short, only two teams in the AFC have more sacks than our SoFlo Sea Mammals. Heading into a game against a rookie QB, we made a mysterious decision to drop into coverage rather than bring the heat. In our opinion this amounted to taking the defensive game plan out of the hands of our pass rush and into the hands of our 29th ranked pass defense. Time after time we watched our outnumbered D-linemen clamoring at five and six-man lines, while Luck calmly surveyed the field, waiting for a receiver to emerge. Give any offense that much time, you’re asking for it. We would love to see how Mike Nolan would have game planned for Luck. Alas he’s up in the A-T-L, overseeing the #5 scoring defense in the NFL.
Ouch. That one stings. The Colts and the Dolphins are both surprise teams, and this was a chance for one or the other to announce that they were for real. The Colts did so, and now the Sea Mammals are left doggie-paddling alongside a handful of middle of the road teams. Our schedule could still support a nice run, but that means winning back to back against Tennessee and Buffalo. Contenders or pretenders? We thrash the Titans and we’re still a buzz team. And still in the playoff mix.
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