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Mike McDaniel Not Making Excuses for Dolphins' Slump

Tyler Maher
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel isn't making any excuses for his team's losing streak.
Miami Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel isn't making any excuses for his team's losing streak. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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The Miami Dolphins have seen their once-promising season derailed by injuries over the past several weeks. After opening the year 3-0, the Dolphins have lost their last three games as all three of their primary quarterbacks have suffered injuries.

Despite the bad luck in the injury department, first-year head coach Mike McDaniel isn't making any excuses for his team's recent skid.

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Miami's quarterbacks have been dropping like flies lately as Tua Tagovailoa, Teddy Bridgewater and Skylar Thompson have all sustained injuries in recent weeks. Given that QB is the most important position on the football field, it's tough to win when you're shorthanded there.

Even so, McDaniel isn't using that as an excuse for the Dolphins' losing streak. Miami has struggled on offense, averaging just 16 points per game over the past three weeks after averaging 27.7 points per game during its 3-0 start. The defense has also fallen off, giving up 30.3 points per game since Week 4 after allowing only 21.3 points per game through Week 3.

Two of the Dolphins' three losses have been by one possession, so they've remained competitive in spite of the injuries. They just haven't been able to get the job done and do enough to win.

Miami was a streaky team last year as well, so the focus needs to be on maintaining consistency week to week. Better health will help, too.

The Dolphins will try to get back in the win column against the 2-4 Pittsburgh Steelers at home on Sunday. With Tagovailoa potentially returning in Week 7, Miami is listed as a 7-point home favorite on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

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