Fins Final: Week 1 vs. Seahawks
The stage was set for an improbable upset. Early in the second quarter, in 3-0 game Ryan Tannehill dropped back to pass and release perhaps the most superb spiral of his enigmatic four year career. It was destined to have a cameo on NFL films with a superfluous rotation hanging in the bright Seattle sun emboldening Quest Field. The ball descended into the hands of Kenny Stills like a beautiful chocolate newborn baby waiting to be cradled. And then the ball kept descending...out of Stills outstretched hands and on to the emerald field turf. The crescendo of joy of every Dolphins fan was eroded by shrieks of despair. You see this was no ordinary drop. It was an illustration of the microcosm of what Miami Dolphins football had come to represent. The inability to rise to the occasion in THAT stadium against THAT team is something fans of the aqua and orange have grown accustomed to. Those are the kinds of plays that change the complexity of a game, team, and quarterback's confidence all in one felt swoop while sending shockwaves to the opposing team. Sure it would have only made the game 7-3 but the high-octane play is necessary to beat a superior team. And in Dolphin like fashion Tannehill was sacked on the next play.
Other miscues including a blocked field goal (from a paltry 26 yards out) and more drops ensued. The bright spots for the Dolphins featured 30-year-old Arian Foster providing inspiration on and off the field. Foster led the charge as Stills, Jelani Jenkins, and Michael Thomas joined in to kneel during the national anthem to remind America for the sins they have yet to make amends for (Here's a hint you're lost: Oppression of black & brown people). It was a much stronger stance than the faux appearance of unity displayed by the Seahawks. On the field Foster provided a spark in the passing game with 62 yards receiving. Defensively Miami provided a stall worth defensive performance for 58 minutes. The pass rush was staunch with Mario Williams and Ndamukong Suh bearing down on Russell Wilson all game. But in the end it was Wilson who provided the wicked, wicked, wicked feeling of defeat to the Dolphins driving down the field for a go-ahead touchdown for a 12-10 win. It's these kinds of games that separate the contenders from the pretenders. The Dolphins had grit, but not enough. The Dolphins had moxie, but not enough. The Dolphins didn't close and 0-1 is end result.