The Miami Dolphins broke their four-game losing streak vs. a red-hot Cincinnati Bengals team, and they should be walking tall for at least another week. No NFL team needed to win more than Miami this week, as their playoff ambitions were seemingly fading before Thursday night. Now, the 4-4 Dolphins have a lot to be proud of, but have very much to work on before their next game vs. a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has yet to record a victory this season. Let’s assess.
First – the bad:
Earlier this week, Miami listed RT Jonathan Martin on the injury report with an “illness”. That injury report didn’t even begin to tell the whole story. Per Fox Sports’ Alex Marvez, Martin went AWOL due to excessive bullying from his teammates, which prompted the Dolphins to reinsert previously-benched RT Tyson Clabo into the starting lineup on Thursday night. Martin’s teammates have publically showed support for Martin, which bodes well for a reconciliation. However, it should be noted that ESPN’s Adam Schefter has reported that Martin isn’t expected to be back for several weeks.no comments