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e week a .500 team Austin Blythe Jersey , which is no surprise because for the past quarter century they've been a .500 franchise.Their record since 1994: 197-197. Their record this year: 5-5. Coach Adam Gase's three-year record: 21-21.If there's a middle of the pack, the Dolphins are in the middle of it. They haven't won a playoff game since 2000, but they could well be headed for their third 8-8 finish in the past six years."These are tough times to be a Dolphin fan," tweeted their former fullback, Pro Football Hall of Famer Larry Csonka. "Very frustrating. Shabby football."Far from perfect, for sure. Given the way the season has gone, it's amazing the Dolphins can still talk with a straight face about making the playoffs.They've been decimated by injuries, including the loss of quarterback Ryan Tannehill for the past five games. They've been outgained by 787 yards, third-worst in the league, and outscored by 57 points. They rank 28th in offense and 26th in defense.Yet they began the week with the eighth-best record in the AFC, while eight teams had worse records.In sum: more Miami mediocrity."We are in a good position," running back Frank Gore said with a straight face. "We just need to stay as one, believe in each other, believe in our coaching staff and try to get the next one."The next one will be Nov. 25 at Indianapolis, with Tannehill hoping to return from his throwing shoulder injury, although that may be a long shot.Only two of the six remaining games are against teams with winning records. So it's not impossible for Miami to actually make the playoffs for only the third time in the past 17 seasons."There are certain teams that have kind of separated themselves from the rest of the pack," Gase said. "But right now Sean Mannion Jersey , the only thing that's really been eliminated for us is an undefeated season. Everything else is on the table. Other teams are having a lot of the same issues we are, and it's really who can pull it together these last six games and find a way to get in."A bye week may not be enough time to resolve the Dolphins' many issues, however. That could take an offseason or three.For starters, the Dolphins are on pace to allow the most yards in franchise history. Their run defense ranks last in the league and seems to be getting worse, with 174 yards allowed per game and 5.9 per carry over the past five weeks. Defensive dysfunction is such that two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones took himself out of a game because he was unhappy with a plan to rotate personnel.And then there's the offense, which has gone nine quarters without a touchdown. In the past three games receiver Danny Amendola has thrown for more scores (one) than quarterback Brock Osweiler (none)."This football team deserves touchdowns," Osweiler said.Osweiler has been critical of his play as Tannehill's replacement, and he's not alone. But bad luck has been an offensive culprit, too. The Dolphins lost their most dynamic player, receiver Albert Wilson, and two starting offensive linemen to season-ending injuries, and three other injured linemen sat out last week's loss at Green Bay.Bad health is less of an excuse on defense, where Gase's decision to jettison tackles Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips left holes that haven't been filled. Yawning run gaps and blown coverage are staples, calling into question the future of second-year coordinator Matt Burke.That's a topic for the offseason, along with the future of Tannehill. First the Dolphins will try to summon a late-season surge, which would be something new.Over the past decade, their record in December is 22-22. Bradley Roby's poor play against the Jets and failure to promptly call in sick the next day didn't cost the struggling Denver Broncos cornerback his starting job."Right now Jamon Brown Jersey , he is the starter, yes," coach Vance Joseph said Wednesday.Joseph also said he won't be taking away Joe Woods' play-calling duties, either, when the Broncos (2-3) host the Los Angeles Rams (5-0) this weekend."Joe's the coordinator," Joseph said. "So, he's calling the plays."A day earlier, general manager John Elway was asked about Woods' foundering defense and said on Orange and Blue 760 that "coaches, like players, have bad weeks, too, and I don't think it was the best scheme that we had set up last week."He added, "There's not a quick fix."Maybe not, but Joseph declared changes were forthcoming following Denver's demoralizing 34-16 loss to the New York Jets on Sunday."When you're not winning football games you have to do something different, you know? How we meet, how we look at game plans, how we call games Rob Havenstein Jersey , all those things are being looked at," Joseph said after Wednesday's practice in a rain-snow mix, the type of weather that's in the forecast for kickoff."So, when I say changes, I mean, we have to make changes to go win games. So, things are happening. I can't share those things. But when you don't win, you have to make some changes."Roby allowed three long touchdowns in the second quarter against the Jets, including a 76-yard catch and a 77-yard run ."Roby didn't play his best on Sunday. I mean, that's obvious," Joseph said. "But he played pretty good the week before. So, we have to get him back and keep coaching him. He's ours. He's our guy. So, we'll get him back to playing good football."Asked if Roby faced any discipline for missing meetings Monday without promptly notifying the team he was sick, Joseph said, "That's already been handled, OK? It's been discussed in-house. It was more about communication than a total miss. But it's been fixed and handled."The Broncos traded Aqib Talib to the Rams last offseason to clear salary space and room on the field for Roby, whose salary jumped from $1 million to $8.526 million this season in the fifth and final year of his rookie contract.Roby has struggled to adjust from nickel back to starting cornerback Tyler Higbee Jersey , giving receivers too much cushion, which negates Denver's pass rush.Roby might have gotten a reprieve because his backups are banged up.Tramaine Brock and Adam Jones have been hurt most of the season. Brock missed the Jets game with a strained groin and Jones pulled a hamstring Sunday and missed practice Wednesday.Roby, who also missed a players-only meeting Monday, said he realized there was a problem when teammates called to check up on him."A lot of the players ... reached out to me because the coach told them I didn't even let anybody know where I was at, and I just let them know that I had already gone to the trainers," Roby said. "I went to the doctor's actually, as well, and I told them everything was good with me. And then they told me some of the things we discussed and you know we're just pushing on and learning from our mistakes and moving on. You can't dwell on the past."Roby, who said after the game, "I know my job is hard, I know that I'm always in man coverage without a lot of help," said his absence had nothing to do with frustration."I was frustrated, obviously, for sure. But I got sick after the game," he said, noting he was vomiting and didn't get much sleep. "I don't know what it was, maybe something I ate. But no excuses about on the field."Roby acknowledged he's had a difficult time in his first season as a starter Jared Goff Jersey , and that he bombed Sunday at the Meadowlands."I didn't have a good game. I didn't perform well. I sucked, actually," Roby said. "It's only a few plays here and there but at corner everything is under a microscope. So, I just have to win my battles and not let the team down."Roby said he was eager for the Rams' visit so he can make up for the worst game of his career."I want to make sure I go out there and ... make plays and make up for some of the mistakes I (made to) let the team down last week," Roby said.Cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said that while teammates try to be supportive, it's up to Roby to pull himself out of his prolonged funk and return to the playmaker he's been throughout his career."I just try to encourage him. It's on you, though," Harris said. "You've got to be a man. At cornerback, it's 1-on-1 a lot of times. You can kind of control a lot of things on your own out there. So, you've got to look yourself in the mirror and ask how bad do you want it?"And if 'Robe' wants it bad enough, he'll bounce back."

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