The Miami Dolphins have lost four consecutive games, wiping away any of the good cheer that accumulated during a 3-0 start in September.
Perhaps predictably, the recent struggles have led to some internal questions about the team's direction. NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Tuesday that "players are starting to wonder about this offensive game plan."
"Let me not overstate this: The locker room is still together," Darlington explained on NFL Network's "Around The League Live." "There's still a good vibe in there. I talked to several players today and they still feel like they can get this season back on track.
The Dolphins jumped out to a 17-3 halftime lead over New England before surrendering the game's final 24 points. Players wondered why Sherman got away from the running game in the third quarter after having so much success in the first half.
The Dolphins ran the ball 22 times for 120 yards in the first two quarters, averaging 4.7 yards per carry. The team ran just six times as the game quickly went from 17-3 to 17-17 in the third quarter.
Did the Dolphins get away from the run too quickly on Sunday? Perhaps, but the reasons for the loss went beyond that one critique. The tonic for all this is winning, which the Dolphins haven't done since Sept. 22.