Monday notes

Interim head coach Jim Bates saw a lot of good things from the Dolphins during Sunday's game against Buffalo, but those were overshadowed by some major mistakes that cost the team the game.

The good included 403 yards of total offense, which tied the Dolphins' season high. It also included holding Bills running back Willis McGahee to 91 yards rushing.

The bad included the seven turnovers, including yet another interception returned for a touchdown, as well as some bad breakdowns in the secondary and the defense giving up two long runs in the fourth quarter.

Here are some more observations from the game:

-- Tight end Randy McMichael was very vocal about his displeasure over catching only two passes against Buffalo. Bates said Monday that the game plan called for McMichael to be a big part of the offense, but that circumstances prevented him to getting more balls.

-- Bates said the fumble that resulted in a bad exchange from A.J. Feeley to running back Leonard Henry in the third quarter was clearly Henry's fault and refused to put it on Henry's lack of carries this season.

-- Bates said Feeley was to blame for three of the five interceptions, although he declined to point out which ones were or were not Feeley's fault.

-- Bates said he was pleased with the play of rookie Rex Hadnot, who replaced Taylor Whitley as the starting right guard and that the starting five would stay the same for the time being.

-- As for the breakdowns in the secondary, Bates declined to name names, but Reggie Howard, Arturo Freeman and Patrick Surtain all took responsibility for the three big touchdown passes by the Bills in the second half.

-- Vernon Carey is making progress, but there are no plans to get him in the starting lineup at this time.

-- Defensive tackle Dario Romero wound up on the inactive list because he contracted a virus and was feeling sick Sunday morning. He was sent home on Sunday and again on Monday after he reported to the Dolphins' training facility.


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