Special teams are in need of more attention
That's not the worst of it. While I cannot vouch for what other teams and coaches do to invest time on special teams, I do know what the Dolphins used to do. And under Don Shula, the Dolphins spent more time on special teams than they currently do. Under Jimmy Johnson, the Dolphins spent more time on special teams than they currently do. Even under Dave Wannstedt his first couple of years, the Dolphins spent more time on special teams than they currently do.
So it is any surprise that special teams now cost the Dolphins games?
From my count this is the second game the Dolphins have lost because of special teams. On Sunday against the Bills they had a touchdown -- that would have been the difference in the game -- called back because of a holding penalty on Greg Camarillo. They also gave up a 40-yard return to Roscoe Parrish that set up the Bills for the game-winning field goal.
This while the memory of that kick return TD against the Jets still looms as the reason Miami lost that game.
So here's the question: If the Dolphins are continually outplayed on special teams, if that third of the game is constantly hurting Miami, why doesn't Cam Cameron do something about it. He addressed the loss of good players on special teams by forcing starters into spot special teams duty.
But nothing has been done to increase the time spent working on special teams. Nothing has been done to increase the time special teams players meet and break down their assignments. Nothing has been done to address the problem that continually hurts Miami's chances to win a game.
And yes, I said, one game.