BY: Jeff Schneberk @Game7overtime
Absolutely nothing is going well for the Miami Dolphins these days.
All kinds of shit off the field, and some on it too. Last night they had prime time television coverage on Monday Night Football and although the game was good to watch, these Dolphins keep going down.
Turns out, the Dolphins’ mess was probably just what the Tampa Bay club needed, someone to finally beat and avoid a potential winless season.
Losing 22-19 partially due to the off the field nonsense that saw one lineman leave the team and another lineman get suspended from the team, both on the offense, leaves QB Ryan Tannehill not much protection.
Tannehill threw two touchdown passes last night of 6 and 19 yards to Rishard Matthews but got no help from a running game that was limited to just 2 yards rushing.
Miami recorded two passing touchdowns and two field goals but finished with only two yards rushing.
Playing for the first time since a bullying scandal in the Dolphins’ locker room broke, Miami (4-5) started slowly before overcoming an early 15-0 deficit to lead 19-15 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bucs (1-8) held fourth-quarter leads in four of their eight losses, losing each time in the final 89 seconds of regulation or overtime.
Glennon completed 11 of 21 passes for 139 yards in his sixth pro start. The third-round draft pick threw his first interception in four games — a span of 159 attempts — to set up a third-quarter field goal that put the Dolphins up 19-15.
Tannehill finished 27-of-42 for 229 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.
The Bucs saluted Hall of Famer Warren Sapp at halftime, retiring his No. 99 jersey and inducting the 1999 NFL defensive player of the year and 2002 Super Bowl champion into the team’s Ring of Honor.
The Dolphins had not played since Oct. 31, when they beat Cincinnati 22-20 in overtime to stop a four-game skid.
They’ve been the talk of the league for the wrong reasons ever since.
The NFL is investigating tackle Jonathan Martin‘s allegations of daily harassment by teammates, including suspended guard Richie Incognito. Martin is with his family in California to undergo counseling for emotional issues, and he’ll meet later this week with the league’s special investigator to discuss the allegations.
The special investigator will determine whether Incognito harassed Martin and whether the Dolphins mishandled the matter.
Owner Stephen Ross broke his silence on the situation during a news conference before the game at Raymond James Stadium. He said he was appalled by the player’s accusations and plans to meet with Martin on Wednesday at an undisclosed location.
“Obviously there was a voice we weren’t hearing,” Ross said, adding that he will take an open mind into the meeting and is eager to learn the facts of the case.
The owner said he has formed an independent advisory group that includes Tony Dungy, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Jason Taylor and Curtis Martin to review organizational conduct policies and to make recommendations on areas for improvement.
“We need to look at ourselves. We have to examine everything internally,” Ross said. “This is so appalling to me. I know I’m capable of overreacting. I want to get everybody’s feedback because we all know the football locker room is a different workplace than most of us are accustomed to. I don’t want to make any excuses.”
Glennon finished a nine-play, 76-yard, game-opening drive with his TD pass to Penn, a 6-foot-5, 340-pound tackle who discreetly slipped off the line and was all alone in the end zone. Mike James ran five times for 41 yards on the drive before leaving the game with a broken left ankle.