It reminded us of the bad defenses of yesteryear when the Dolphins couldn't stop the run. That overtime drive covered 58 yards, 46 of which came on runs.
Yuck. That was some bad defense right there.
Again, this is supposed to be the Dolphins' strength. It didn't even give the offense a chance to win the game in overtime.
The defense is filled with big names -- Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas, Joey Porter, Vonnie Holliday, Keith Traylor, and so on. The first three came up with a big play at one point, but they were handled by the Washington offensive linemen, tight ends and backs most of the day. Holliday and Traylor were invisible, although Traylor can be somewhat excused because he's usually taking on two blockers.
But, really, where was the great defense the Dolphins are supposed to have?
The pass rush got two sacks, but it really was nonexistent most of the day. The run defense, we've already addressed.
Yes, it's only one game and maybe the defense just had a bad day at the office. But this was the opener when everybody is supposed to be pumped up and defenses are supposed to be ahead of offenses anyway.
The Dolphins ended up allowing 400 total yards on the day, and this was against a mediocre Washington offense.
And here's the scary part: That total, along with the Redskins' point total, would have been higher had QB Jason Campbell not missed a couple of wide open receivers and Redskins receivers hadn't dropped a couple of easy passes downfield.
The Dolphins offense? It was about what you'd expect, some ups, some downs, some encouraging signs.
That the offense would struggle to put up big numbers wasn't unexpected. The defense having major problems with the Washington offense was.
That's what made this opener particularly troubling.