Thing 2: Seeing the Dolphins' offense go 0 for 3 in the red zone was something new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman wants to fix immediately.
"I felt like we could move the ball," Sherman said. "We had some opportunities and had some field position and had the ball in the red zone but didn’t put the ball in the end zone. That’s a big concern of mine that we were down there on a couple of occasions but didn’t score touchdowns.
"Even late in the game, when the game was out of hand, I still think we should have had an opportunity to put it in the end zone, and we didn't take advantage of that."
That must change this Sunday against Oakland for the Dolphins to claim a very winnable game.
The Chargers, even in beating the Raiders 22-14 on Monday night, went 1 for 5 in the red zone, settling for five Nate Kaeding field goals. Three of those came from 28 yards or closer.
For the Dolphins, their three trips into the red zone produced just three total points. And even those were nearly lost after Reggie Bush fumbled for a loss of 7 yards (Jonathan Martin recovering) on third and 2 from the Texans' 14.
What were the Texans doing to stop the Dolphins in the scoring area?
"They were smart. Wade [Phillips] has been doing this a long time," Sherman said of the Texans defensive coordinator. "He made some really good calls. We had to put people into the end zone in order to take a shot. At the same time, they’ve got everybody playing a picket fence back there.
"They didn't give us the end zone shot. So [Ryan Tannehill] elected to check it down, hoping they could run it in, and that didn't happen. Probably next time he moves his feet a little bit, pumps and maybe throws into the end zone on fourth down."Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times