By Armando Salgueroasalguero@MiamiHerald.com
Joe Philbin’s team is better today than it was merely six weeks ago when the season began. This team is making fewer mistakes. This team is making more plays. This team is closing games.
The Dolphins, in short, are pointed in the right direction.
“No question we’re better,” guard Richie Incognito said. “Each and every week we’ve taken small strides and small victories to improve. The opening week we had all the turnovers and now we’re not turning the ball over. That’s critical to our success. I think game by game, week by week, we’ve gotten better and better and we’re starting to find some traction.”
They’re not just finding traction, they’re finding confidence.
The youngster had his most efficient game. He completed a season-best 72 percent of his passes. He finished with a season-high 112 quarterback rating.
He didn’t make spectacular plays, but he was outstanding when the Dolphins needed it. How else to describe that touchdown drive to open the third quarter, which gave the Dolphins their winning points?
Tannehill completed seven of eight passes that series.
So where can all this lead? How good can a team that is steadily improving be?
“The ceiling? It’s a long way from here, I’ll tell you that much,” Karlos Dansby said. “We’re nowhere near there right now. We got a lot of growing to do. That’s from the head down. But everyday we strive to get better and that’s why you play the game — to get better.
“It’s definitely gotten better. But we’re still a long way from being perfect.”
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