MIAMI GARDENS — What’s most frustrating about this loss?
All were probably tough to stomach for the players and fans, but the most frustrating had to be the Dolphins’ play in short-yardage situations. Coach Tony Sparano used the term “and-ones,” but we’re not talking converting a three-point play in hoops or a mixtape.
We’re talking 3rd-and-1.
The Dolphins made these situations look like 3rd-and30.
“Credit to those guys,” Sparano said. “They did a good job. We didn’t do a good enough job in short yardage and that’s how it ended.”
This coming from the coach who just days ago wanted the media to keep quiet about the Dolphins’ special weapon in these situations. Running back Lex Hilliard had converted 7 of 7 short-yardage attempts. Guess the Eagles were eavesdropping on last week’s Sparano press conference.
The Dolphins were 0 for 4 in these situations against the Eagles. All could have affected the outcome.
In the second quarter, running bac