BOSTON - Things were all good just two quarters ago.
That was before Dolphins fans knew the outcome of Sunday's 27-17 second-half meltdown to the New England Patriots.
That was during halftime of this past Sunday's critical AFC East division game, where the Dolphins (3-4) were pushing the Patriots around, and in possession of a 17-3 halftime lead.
Dolphins fans were talking about this being the year South Florida's NFL team wins the AFC East division. They were beaming with pride. The divisions bully was finally put in his place at halftime.
Everything was sunny and beautiful. A solid second-half performance would seal the win and everything in South Florida would be wonderful.
Tom Brady got back to being Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick worked his halftime magic, figuring out how to counter what the Dolphins were doing.
The Dolphins allowed 24-points in the second half, didn't score anything else in the game, and the Dolphins were yet again outplayed, out coached, outclassed.
The Dolphins won the first six rounds of a prize fight, and then lost the next six, which featured a knock down in the later rounds. And as I point out in my column, which is linked here, the Dolphins have nobody to blame but themselves.
The big question I've got is will the Dolphins get up off the mat? How will Joe Philbin's team respond to the team's fourth straight loss, which highlighted everyone's failures?
How will the reconfigured offensive line address the six sacks the Patriots managed?
How will Miami pick up the pieces in time to be prepared for the Cincinnati Bengals, one of the NFL's hottest teams, during Thursday night's nationally televised game?
So much was so promising two quarters ago. How can the Dolphins get back to that place where the offense was balanced, Ryan Tannehill was throwing touchdown passes, the offensive line was protecting, the defense was being opportunistic, and special teams was sound?
How can Miami get back to finishing games in the fourth-quarter, much like they did in the seasonn's first three victories?
Things were all good four games ago, and now everyone's seat is getting warm again.
"It is a long season. We believe in the guys we have in this locker room," Philbin said after the game. "Not going to be a lot of time to feel sorry for ourselves. We've got to get to work right away."
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