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Seven-step drop: Dolphins film review

The Miami Dolphins suffered a tough, 27-24, loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.

Here are several additional observations after re-watching the game film:

  • Dolphins starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan struggled and probably had his worst game of the season. Tackling was a major issue for Finnegan in this game and perhaps his neck injury hampered him. Finnegan is usually physical and invites contact. But Finnegan wasn’t aggressive at times and his form wasn’t good, leading to missed tackles.

  • Both interceptions for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill were the result of staring at one receiver. First, Tannehill stared down rookie receiver Jarvis Landry and allowed Packers cornerback Casey Hayward to read his eyes and make the first interception. Then, Tannehill made one read to receiver Brian Hartline on the edge and threw a bad deep ball that was picked off by Sam Shields. Tannehill’s struggles to consistently get to his second and third reads have been recurring issues.

  • I was impressed with the play of Dolphins middle linebacker Koa Misi in his first game back since Week 1. Misi has been rehabbing an ankle injury but was physical and active against Green Bay. Misi did a good job shedding blocks and had several big hits. His run fits were solid, despite playing many snaps in the nickel where he was asked to cover ground.

  • Miami running back Knowshon Moreno only received six carries and didn’t look sharp in his return from an elbow injury. It turned out Moreno suffered a season-ending knee injury, which explains some things. Moreno only gained 10 yards on his six carries, which was a 1.7 yard average. Now, Moreno's future in Miami is in doubt.

  • Dolphins Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake gave Packers right tackle Bryan Bulaga fits all game. Wake finished with 1.5 sacks and he could’ve had more if it wasn’t for Rodgers’ ability to elude tackles and get rid of the ball quickly. Both Wake and fellow defensive end Olivier Vernon had complete games.

  • Dolphins rookie receiver Jarvis Landry didn’t reel off is 54-yard kickoff return alone. He received strong blocks from backup running back Damian Williams and backup defensive end Terrence Fede. Three rookies were in play.

  • Miami Pro Bowler Mike Pouncey remains a work in progress. He moved well in his first game back from hip surgery, but there was some rust. Pouncey struggled a couple times in pass protection picking up blocks. And according to Pro Football Focus, the Dolphins gained just 3 yards on eight carries running behind Pouncey on the right side. But there is no doubt Pouncey will get better.

The Dolphins (2-3) will turn the page and take the practice field for the first time Tuesday afternoon in preparation for the Chicago Bears (3-3).