Game observations

It's pretty obvious by now that the biggest reason the Dolphins lost to the New York Jets was the offense's inability to produce, along with 10 penalties that kept Jets drive alives and too often put the Dolphins in a bad spot. But there also were developments, both good and bad, that weren't quite so apparent.

Here, then, is one man's take.

-- Yes, it's only two games in, but isn't it obvious by now that the best Auburn running back in this year's draft was Cadillac Williams and not Ronnie Brown? Look, we've said this from the time Tampa Bay played in Miami in the preseason, Williams just looks like a stud running back every time he touches the ball, whereas Brown looks like just another guy. In fact, Sammy Morris has been the Dolphins' best running back so far this season. He really should start Sunday against Carolina, although we get the feeling Nick Saban will stick with Brown. Again, it is only two games in, but stud running backs usually show what they've got really, really early. And we just haven't seen it from Brown, either in the preseason or in the first two games. He might become a solid all-around running back in time, but that's not good enough for the second overall pick in the draft.

-- If it wasn't already obvious, it is now: The Dolphins simply don't have a left tackle who can handle speed rushers. Damion McIntosh was beaten to the outside time and time again by John Abraham, to the point where he was replaced at left tackle by Vernon Carey. It's not as though Carey was much of an improvement, though. It makes you wonder why the Dolphins didn't double-team Abraham on every passing down. He single-handedly did more damage to the Dolphins passing game than anything else on Sunday.

-- We love Randy McMichael and his hustle, but he needs to pick his spots for when he tries to jump over defenders. He did that Sunday on a third-and-goal when he tried leaping from the 4-yard line. Only problem was, there were three Jets defenders around him. It's a dangerous play, both in terms of McMichael getting injured when he makes himself vulnerable by jumping and it also exposes the ball more to defenders and increased the likelihood of a fumble. But we're nitpicking here. McMichael deserves kudos for his efforts on Sunday.

-- In fact, McMichael was the only receiver who had a good game. Chris Chambers, for all the talk of him being an elite wideout, still doesn't do enough to merit such accolades and his drop on a first-and-20 near the sideline was costly. David Boston, meanwhile, was way too passive on a deep pass as he waited for the ball to come to him, allowed the Jets defender to knock it away. We're not saying he would have been able to make the catch had he reached for the ball earlier, but he would have had a better shot.

-- Rookie Travis Daniels continues to show tremendous coverage skills, but he also still fails to turn around to play the ball. That's what happened on the touchdown pass to Lavarenues Coles, although it was a very accurate pass. Once Daniels, who is a very good tackler, can learn to play the ball a little more, the Dolphins might have themselves a very good cornerback on their hands.

-- Back to the offensive line for a second. Because we're not privy to game films that isolate positions, it's sometimes difficult to gauge the effective of offensive linemen, particularly inside. Having said that, the impression always has been that guard Rex Hadnot is a very promising player with loads of ability. But what we are able to see -- and very clearly -- is that he has three false starts in the first two games. And that's inexcusable. And before you start talking about yanking him if that continues, just remember that the Dolphins' only backup at guard is undrafted rookie free agent Joe Berger, unless you use backup center Alonzo Ephraim at that spot. Either way, the options aern't exactly plentiful.

-- Finally, if you didn't see the game, Gus Frerotte actually played a lot better than his final numbers of 20-for-43 for 177 yards with one touchdown, one interception and a QB rating of 54.1. The truth is he was harassed more often than not and it didn't look like the Dolphins receivers did a good job of getting themselves free for most of the game.

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