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Titans vs. Dolphins 2012: Losing streak a reminder Miami is rebuilding

Mike Ehrmann

The Miami Dolphins have lost two games in a row, including a 37-3 defeat at the hands of the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Miami is now 4-5 on the season and still in position for a potential run at the playoffs, but as SB Nation's The Phinsider reminded fans on Monday, the Dolphins are still a rebuilding team:

The Miami Dolphins are a rebuilding team. If you did not believe it before yesterday, you should now. This team is talented, but they are not ready to make a run at the playoffs yet. They need a year to learn, to build, and to get ready for the stress and difficulty of November and December football. They will be ready in 2013. They are not ready this year.

Miami is coming off a 6-10 campaign in 2011 and its 4-3 start to 2012, which included a three-game winning streak, may have temporarily raised expectations or altered the view of the franchise's timetable for a return to legitimate playoff contention.

The Dolphins were limited to 255 yards of total offense by Tennessee, and most of that came through the air. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill finished the game 23 of 39 for 217 yards and threw three interceptions. It was his third multi-interception game of the season.

Miami will try to end its losing streak when it faces the Buffalo Bills on Thursday.

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