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Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill can't do it alone

Ryan Tannehill needs more help on offense if the Dolphins are going to succeed in the AFC East.


Ryan Tannehill and the Miami Dolphins lost yet another game on Sunday, after falling to the San Francisco 49ers, 27-13. The loss dropped Miami's record to 5-8, and ensured that the Dolphins would not have a winning season in 2012.

Miami's loss against San Francisco could have had another outcome. Tannehill missed Davone Bess by "a half step," on what would have been a game-tying touchdown pass. Instead, the 49ers held on -- and added an insurance touchdown to boot.

Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel argues that, once again, Tannehill needs more weapons on offense, otherwise Miami will be stuck exactly where they are.

Here are their point totals in the past six games that have dumped the season: 20, 3, 14, 24, 16 and 13. They won the only game they scored the most of 24 points. Any questions about needing a receiver and second tight end to get in the end zone?

This offense still doesn't have a third receiver. And the coaches are trying. Lamar Miller started at running back and Reggie Bush lined out wide early to match him against a San Francisco linebacker.

With the AFC dominated by teams with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub at quarterback, teams like the Dolphins need to be able to put up points if they're going to contend -- not only for a playoff spot, but for a Super Bowl title.

Now that Miami's season is all but over, Joe Philbin and the front office can begin turning their attention to player evaluation, and what the team will do on offense going forward into 2013.

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