Miami Dolphins Stock Watch

The Miami Dolphins suffered 34-15 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Here is a look whose stock is rising and falling in Miami:


1. Ryan Tannehill, quarterback: The Dolphins’ starting quarterback is under fire in Miami. He has not made the proper strides thus far in an important third year, and fans in South Florida are tired of waiting. Tannehill’s passer rating has gone down each week. He had an 80.0 rating in Week 1, a 73.6 rating in Week 2 and 70.4 rating in Week 3. At least statistically, Tannehill has regressed in Miami’s new offense under Bill Lazor. There are rumblings that a quarterback change could soon be in the works. Tannehill must produce sooner than later.

2. Joe Philbin, head coach: Although the players deserve blame, Miami’s coaching staff has contributed its fair share of issues. The game planning, play-calling and clock management have all been issues early this season, and that ultimately falls on Philbin. Miami also has an ugly trend of starting slow in the first half. The Dolphins are being outscored 43-13 in the first and second quarters, and not being ready to play is another poor reflection on Philbin. Miami’s head coach has a 16-19 record and must improve quickly.

3. Dolphins receivers, tight ends: With Tannehill struggling, Miami’s receivers and tight ends haven’t done their part to help. The Dolphins are second in the NFL with 11 drops in three games, according to Pro Football Focus. Only the Baltimore Ravens (12) have more drops this season. Miami’s pass-catchers must be more consistent and do extra to help the offense at a time when its quarterback is in need of playmakers.


1. Lamar Miller, running back: Lost in Miami’s 19-point loss was the fact Miller showed well in place of the injured Knowshon Moreno. Miller rushed for 108 yards on 15 carries and kept Miami’s seventh-ranked running game going. Miller is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. Prior to Sunday, Miller hadn’t had a 100-yard rushing performance since Oct. 31, 2013. Lazor’s offense has suited Miler well.

2. Jelani Jenkins, linebacker: The Dolphins may have a nice find in Jenkins. The 2013 fourth-round pick has been one of Miami’s top defensive performers the past two weeks. He recorded 14 tackles and 1.5 sacks in the loss to Kansas City. Jenkins is using his sideline-to-sideline speed to get to the football and make plays. The game also is slowing down for Jenkins in his second year.

3. Jarvis Landry, receiver: It’s hard to pick a lot of “risers” in a 19-point loss. But Landry continues to have a flare for the big moment and showed it again with a 74-yard kickoff return that set up a Miami field goal. Landry also contributed three receptions for 24 yards.