This past Sunday, the Miami Dolphins hit what was probably a low point in their 2013 season. Well, a low point on the field, at least as they were shutout by the division rival–and 6-9–Buffalo Bills.
Offensively, the Dolphins put in one of the worst displays of probably any NFL team all year. They racked up a meager 103 total yards on offense. Ryan Tannehill finished with just 82 yards passing and Lamar Miller was the leading rusher with just eight–count ‘em–eight yards.
Yeah, definitely a candidate for worst performance of 2013.
But, veteran left tackle Bryant McKinnie believes that he knows why.
According to the former Miami Hurricanes star, the Buffalo Bills defense were well aware of the Miami snap count, and were getting a pretty good jump all game:
“They were getting [a jump]. I feel like they were getting a rhythm with our cadence,” McKinnie said after practice Tuesday. “Me being around, I knew some things that we can do to help counter that. So I definitely brought that to my offensive line coach.”
With these teams seeing each other twice a year, this is certainly a plausible theory. But, at the same time, you have to put some blame on the Miami coaching staff for not changing things up a bit, if this was the case.