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Dolphins begin their annual self-implosion, further clearing the way for another Patriots AFC East win

Alex Reimer
October 22, 2018 - 12:17 pm

For the first three weeks of the season, some of us who forget history convinced ourselves the AFC East race could be interesting this year. The Patriots looked beatable and the Dolphins were undefeated; the Jets finally had an exciting rookie quarterback; the Bills had, umm, never mind. Nobody thought the Bills were going to be competitive.

But now, nearly halfway through the 2018 campaign, it’s apparent the Patriots are once again all alone atop one of the most pathetic divisions in football. We’re back in familiar territory, which includes Bill Belichick and Tom Brady trying to convince us the Bills are an actual opponent, and not the equivalent of an additional bye week. 

The Dolphins most illustrate the return to normalcy, given their sterling start to the season. They came into Foxboro for a first-place clash, and wound up losing 38-7. The game wasn’t competitive from Ryan Tannehill’s first dropped snap.

Since then, the Dolphins have lost two of their last three, including Sunday’s affair against the Lions. Tannehill was sidelined for the second straight week, which means Brock Osweiler once again took the proverbial reins under center. Miami fell behind 20-7, putting it in an insurmountable hole. 

After the game, in an apparent sign of discord, the agent for Dolphins wideout DaVante Parker ripped head coach Adam Gase. Parker, the No. 14 overall pick in 2015, was inactive for the Dolphins’ 32-21 loss, despite being listed as a full participant in practice all week. While Parker has battled injuries this season, he’s seldom been used when active, only getting targeted threet times in Week 3 and playing just four snaps in Week 6.

“Coach Gase is incompetent — period — and not telling the truth when it comes to DeVante, who is totally healthy and was needed big-time today,” Parker’s agent, Jimmy Gould, told reporters Sunday. “This is the third game he has done this to DeVante this year. It’s sickening and a grossly unfair characterization of my client.”

The Dolphins only averaged 6.1 yards per catch Sunday, so they probably would’ve benefitted from Parker’s presence –– especially since Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson both left the game due to injury. Regardless, the 4-3 Dolphins are now at the point of the season where their internal sniping threatens to derail any respectability they attempted to establish early on. Last year, it was the Jay Ajayi saga. In previous seasons, the strife was largely centered around Ndamukong Suh

Meanwhile, the Patriots, who had more drama than any team this offseason, continue to roll. It looks like they’re going to waltz to another AFC East title. Hopefully they enjoy the self-implosion taking place in South Florida.