Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 12/10/12
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- From the start of his first year as coach of the Miami Dolphins, Joe Philbin stressed the need for steady improvement. Instead, a late-season tailspin has the team headed yet again toward a long offseason. The Dolphins (5-8) have lost five of their past six games, ensuring a fourth consecutive year they'll finish .500 or worse. With its next game against Jacksonville (2-11), Miami is virtually assured of missing the playoffs for the 10th time in 11 years. Following a 27-13 loss Sunday at San Francisco, Philbin attributed the skid not to a lack of talent but to a "lack of playmaking" at critical times. The Dolphins rank fourth worst in the NFL in yards.
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