Report Card

Here's a look at how every unit performed in the 30-23 loss at Baltimore.

QUARTERBACK -- Those who have been clamoring for Sage Rosenfels to get a shot got their wish against Baltimore, and what we found out was that Rosenfels was no more the answer at quarterback this season than Jay Fiedler or A.J. Feeley. Rosenfels made some nice throws among his 16 completions for 264 yards, but he also made some bad mistakes like Fiedler and Feeley before him. Rosenfels was picked off three times and he was to blame for each one of them. He also took a very bad sack in the fourth quarter when he had the opportunity to just dump the ball away on a screen that was botched from the start. Grade: C-

RUNNING BACKS -- Sammy Morris turned in another solid performance and could have had the first 100-yard day by a Dolphins back this year had he been given the ball more than 12 times. As it was, he finished with 12 carries for 89 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown that brought the Dolphins to within 27-21 in the third quarter. Travis Minor spelled Morris on occasion but didn't have nearly as much success. Grade: B-

RECEIVERS -- Chris Chambers got the day started off great for the Dolphins when he spanked Ravens cornerback Gary Baxter with a stop-and-go move and caught Rosenfels' bomb for a 76-yard touchdown. On the next series, Bryan Gilmore also had Baxter beat deep but Rosenfels underthrew him and Baxter was able to recover to knock the ball away. It was overall a pretty good day for the receivers, who seemed to get open regularly and didn't have many drops. That one that comes to mind was a drop by tight end Donald Lee. Randy McMichael again wasn't as big of a factor as he should have been. Chambers also made a bad mistake in the final seconds when he failed to get out of bounds after taking a lateral from Gilmore with the clock running down. Had Chambers gotten out of bounds instead of cutting inside for more yardage around midfield, the Dolphins would have had a shot at one final Hail Mary to try to tie the game. Grade: C

OFFENSIVE LINE -- The offensive line was bashed and criticized throughout the season, but it finished playing fairly well down the stretch. Against the Ravens, the run blocking was pretty good and the pass protection held up for the most part, although there were some problems picking up blitzes. There was a false start penalty on right tackle John St. Clair, but again the line played well enough to win. Grade: B-

DEFENSIVE LINE -- Jason Taylor's season came to an early end when he left the game with a shoulder injury in the third quarter, but his presence was felt before that. David Bowens also had a big play when he stripped the ball away from Jamal Lewis on a play that resulted in a Dolphins safety. But the Ravens ran the ball all day, and the front line has to take some of the blame for that. Grade: C-

LINEBACKERS -- Zach Thomas was active, as usual, and he came up with a huge play when he dropped Lewis for a 3-yard loss on third down to give the Dolphins one final shot at a tying touchdown. Other than that, though, there wasn't much to remember. Thomas had his customary high number of tackles, but few big plays, and the other guys at linebacker did nothing. Grade: D

DEFENSIVE BACKS -- The Ravens rarely attacked downfield in this game, so it was difficult for the secondary to make big plays. Sam Madison was flagged for a pass interference in the end zone, which led to a Baltimore touchdown, but other than that it was a very quiet day. The most effective Baltimore receiver was tight end Daniel Wilcox, who seemed to beat linebacker Morlon Greenwood on most of his receptions. Grade: C

SPECIAL TEAMS -- Hallelujah! After 15 long seasons, the Dolphins finally get a kickoff return for a touchdown, courtesy of Wes Welker, who scored from 95 yards out in the third quarter. Olindo Mare was wide right on a 53-yard field goal attempt, and Matt Turk did not have a good day punting the ball. The kickoff coverage was pretty good, and the punt coverage was only so-so. But what anybody will remember on this day was Welker's kickoff return. Grade: A-

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