Miami Dolphins eliminated from playoff hunt with egregious loss to Jaguars

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Time for tough choices, Stephen Ross.

Your 10th season as Dolphins owner crashed and burned Sunday, with a embarrassing, playoff-eliminating 17-7 loss to Blake Bortles and the 10-loss Jaguars.

It was the kind of effort that gets people fired.

Who stays?

Who deserves to after this fiasco?

With the Dolphins’ season on the line, they barely showed up.

When Ryan Tannehill threw a 33-yard pick-six to Telvin Smith Sr. early in the fourth quarter, the unraveling was complete.

And probably, so was his time in Miami.

Sure, he could still start next week in Buffalo, but what’s the point?

After seven years, everyone knows what he is — and that’s not enough to lift the Dolphins beyond mediocrity. He completed 15 of 22 passes for 146 yards, a touchdown and an interception Sunday. How can you justify his $26.6 million cap number next year, particularly after how he played the week before against the Vikings?

The Dolphins (7-8) have one of the league’s worst offenses, and they played down to their ranking Sunday.

Two of nine on third downs. One hundred eighty-three yards of offense. No plays in Jacksonville territory in the second half.

“The defense played great,” said running back Kenyan Drake. “On the offensive side of the ball, we just didn’t get the job done.”

Added Dolphins coach Adam Gase: “The offense was awful. It was brutal to watch, to be a part of.”

Imagine how it was for fans, who booed Gase and Miami’s offense off the field after one of many failed drives.

Major changes are needed. A quarterback switch will help.

But Randall Cunningham would have had a hard time escaping pressure the past two games.

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