The Miami Dolphins have lost 11 of their last 12 home games, and veteran linebacker Jason Taylor admitted on Sunday that some of the players are starting to lose confidence.
"To be honest, we have," Taylor told the Palm Beach Post after Miami fell to the Houston Texans, 23-13, to drop to 0-2 on the season. "Not everybody, but Iâm sure thereâs a faction of the group thatâs trying to figure this thing out, figure out where we are. Thatâs kind of the product of losing sometimes, you start to question, second-guess a little bit, question what youâre doing as a team. And until you win, those things will linger out there a little bit."
Dolphins coaches and players were particularly upset about Sunday's 23-yard clinching touchdown to Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson in the fourth quarter. Safety Reshad Jones was supposed to help Nolan Carroll cover Johnson on the play, but Jones was nowhere near the play and Johnson easily beat Carroll.
"That touchdown shouldâve never happened," Dolphins cornerback Sean Smith said. "It shouldâve been intercepted, if anything. Two young guys need to just talk and be on the same page, and we wouldnât be talking about this play."
"Iâm not sure we all understand the magnitude of what weâre trying to do here and whatâs at stake," Taylor said. "If you canât get it, get out of the way, weâll get somebody that will."
Miami's players weren't the only ones who seemed dispirited: Sun Life Stadium was barely half-full.