Game observations

The more the season goes along, the more the Dolphins seem to be headed in the wrong direction. And one has to wonder now whether what we saw early in the season was a mirage, whether the emotions of a new season and a new coaching staff allowed the Dolphins to do things beyond their capability, and that perhaps we need to accept the fact that this just isn't a very good football team.

Let's face it, the Dolphins have become less and less competitive the last couple of weeks in ugly losses to Tampa Bay and Kansas City.

Make no mistake, Friday night's loss to the Chiefs was a spanking regardless of what the final score said. The Dolphins looked like a team that didn't belong on the same field.

Yes, injuries played a role in the problems, particularly with a secondary that's not very good to begin with.

But that only goes so far.

It doesn't explain the continued problems on offense, particulary at quarterback where Gus Frerotte continues to struggle big time.

Against the Chiefs, he was a miserable 11-for-29 for 125 yards with no touchdowns and one interception and a quarterback rating of 37.3.


You know the question is going to come up about Sage Rosenfels taking over after he connected with Chris Chambers for a 77-yard touchdown on his only pass of the game after he came in the game for mop-up duty.

But the truth also is that Chambers made a great adjustment on the play, continuing a nasty habit for Chambers of making big plays at lesser moments and failing to do so when it really matters.

Until that play, Chambers had exactly one catch for 11 yards as he was slammed shut by former Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain the whole night.

If Chambers is as good as everyone says he is, he sure didn't show it against Surtain.

Other observations:

-- Ronnie Brown's touchdown run? One word: Wow! But beyond that, he looked good on a couple of other runs and also looks good catching the ball. It's obvious this guy has the potential of becoming a big-time player.

-- The offensive line continues to be sub-par and worse. The penalties were cut down against Kansas City, but the run blocking was poor and there was pressure on Frerotte too often.

-- Still, the biggest problem with this team just might be the secondary. Sam Madison actually had a decent night in coverage before he left with a hip pointer, but Reggie Howard keeps getting beat over and over and over and Travis Daniels still is making rookie mistakes.

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