Final Game 5 Observations

Tuesday is the one day off for every team in the NFL; for us, it's the day we take a final look at the most recent game before we start focusing on the upcoming opponent. So here are some final thoughts about the 22-19 loss to the Houston Texans.

The first thing that jumps out about Sunday's game, of course, was the concussion sustained by Trent Green and the aftermath involving Houston DT Travis Johnson.

First, let's all agree if was nasty to see Johnson standing over a motionless Green and taunting him.

That said, Johnson did have reason to be upset at Green because the Dolphins quarterback was throwing a blindside block at his knees. Ask Jason Taylor about that practice and about the Denver offensive line in particular, and you'll find he thinks it's scummy. Well, sorry, but it's not any better when it's a quarterback doing it.

The truth is, it's Johnson who might have gotten hurt had Green made contact with him with a shoulder rather than his head.

As for Green, we said it Sunday and we'll say it again, we think we've seen the last of him. In fact, we hope we've seen the last of him and that's not from a football standpoint, but rather from a humanitarian standpoint.

LEMON-AID: After replacing Green, Cleo Lemon came in and did pretty much what Cleo Lemon usually does. He made some nice throws, missed some others and basically looked like a backup.

Nothing against Lemon, but it would be a major surprise if he ever became a starter in the NFL. It's pretty clear he'll be the starter for now because Cam Cameron doesn't want to throw John Beck in there so soon, but the Dolphins offense won't be any better with Lemon than it was with Green. In fact, it will be worse and more inconsistent.

BROWN CAN DO: Wow, what's with Ronnie Brown? The man is on fire.

Of course, his tremendous performance the last three games leads one to wonder why the hell he didn't get the ball more often in the first two games. Also, instead of having Lemon throw passes on second and third down after the Dolphins reached the Houston 38 on their last drive, why didn't Brown get an additional carry there?

MARTIN'S NOT THE MAN: The best tight end on the Dolphins roster is not starter David Martin, but rather Justin Peelle. The Dolphins might not have made a mistake in letting go Randy McMichael because he was a bit of an underachiever, but it's clear by now Martin wasn't the right guy to get to replace him.

Martin dropped another pass against Houston and his false start on fourth-and-goal from the 1 forced the Dolphins to settle for a field goal after they were going to go for the touchdown.

And those are not isolated incidents. Martin never looks comfortable catching the ball. And now, you can add tight end to the list of positions the Dolphins need to address in the offseason.

TAYLOR TIME: After taking a stupid roughness penalty on Houston's first drive, Jason Taylor rebounded with by far his best outing of the season. It's interesting to note that Taylor also got off to a slow start last season (one sack in first three games) before he went on a tear. Maybe it'll be the same thing this year.

LOOKING FOR ROTH: Anybody seen him this season? Sorry, but his lack of size on the defensive line is a problem. Taylor is undersized, too, but he's got a lot better speed and he's also got long arms, while Roth has very short arms.

SAFETY NET: Will the last safety turn out the lights. Man, Cameron Worrell was the fifth different starting safety in five games, following Yeremiah Bell, Travares Tillman, Travis Daniels and Donovin Darius.

Worrell is a decent special teams player, but as a safety, he's a decent special teams player. Get it?

Tillman isn't the answer at safety, either, and neither is Daniels. Darius is a quality safety, but he's battled injury problems the last couple of years and he's doing it again.

So that becomes a problem. And don't even think about moving Jason Allen back to safety. In fact, it's probably safe to assume that barring a drastic change Allen never will be a factor for the Dolphins.

If it weren't for his salary and the cap implications, he wouldn't have made the team this year.

NO SECOND-GUESSING HERE: And finally, we come to the Monday morning quarterbacking segment (yes, we know, it's Tuesday). Even though the feeling is that Jay Feely would have made that 56-yard field goal in the final two minutes, Cameron was right to not risk him missing and giving the ball to Houston at the 46-yard line in a tie game. The risk-reward ratio made the field goal there the bad option.

Cameron's gamble worked early on because the Dolphins pinned the Texans at the 3-yard line. It's not Cameron's fault there the defense couldn't defend the pass.

One final thing, even had Cameron gone for the field goal and Feely made it, why would anyone think the Dolphins defense would have stopped Houston on the next drive anyway? They didn't stop them from the 3, and the Texans would have gotten lot better field position after a kickoff return.

If you want to criticize something, criticize having Lemon throw passes on second and third down, but punting the ball from the 38 was the right call.

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