Miami Dolphins stock watch

The Miami Dolphins suffered a 41-13 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday that ruined their postseason hopes.

Here is the latest look at whose stock is rising and falling in Miami:


1. Joe Philbin, head coach: This was supposed to be the year Philbin took the Dolphins to the next level. Instead, the team is stuck in mediocrity and Philbin now is on the hot seat. Philbin's teams have played their worst football late in the season when games matter most. The Dolphins are 1-4 in their past five December games. In coaching, more than any other position, you are what your record says you are. Philbin is 22-24 in three seasons. That's not good enough and will provide owner Stephen Ross a lot to think about in the next several weeks.

2. Dolphins pass protection: Miami has allowed 10 sacks in the past two games. That's why it's not surprising the Dolphins lost to the Patriots and Baltimore Ravens by 43 combined points. Granted, all four of the Dolphins' sacks against the Patriots happened in the second half when the team fell behind. But Miami's pass protection hasn't been the same since Pro Bowl left tackle Branden Albert went down in Week 10 with a season-ending knee injury.

3. Philip Wheeler, linebacker: Wheeler was the only healthy starting linebacker entering Sunday's game. He was expected to provide stability and leadership with fellow starters Koa Misi (hamstring, knee) and Jelani Jenkins (foot) inactive. Instead, Wheeler had one of his worst games and whiffed on two huge plays that made a difference. Wheeler failed to catch Patriots quarterback Tom Brady -- yes, Brady -- on his 17-yard run. Wheeler also couldn't cover tight end Rob Gronkowski one-on-one and was beat for 35 yards. Both botched plays led to touchdowns.


1. Mike Wallace, receiver: The Dolphins finally threw deep and Wallace had one of his best games of the season. He finished with five receptions for a team-high 104 yards and a touchdown. He caught two deep passes for 50 and 35 yards, respectively. Wallace proved he's still one of the elite deep threats in the NFL.

2. Jarvis Landry, receiver: The rookie led the Dolphins in receptions with eight. He also had a season-high 99 yards. What was most impressive is the Patriots put Landry on "Revis Island" often during the game, especially on third downs. Landry competed well against Pro Bowl cornerback Darrelle Revis and caught a couple passes on him.

3. Jason Trusnik, linebacker: Trusnik stepped in for Jenkins and played solid football. He recorded seven tackles and an interception off Brady to set up a field goal. Trusnik also played his usual duties on special teams.