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What they’re saying in Miami about Sunday’s Chiefs-Dolphins game

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Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond (85) had his third-quarter return nullified with an illegal block in the back by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kelcie McCray (24) on Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on September 21, 2014. The Chiefs won 34-15.
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Frankie Hammond (85) had his third-quarter return nullified with an illegal block in the back by Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kelcie McCray (24) on Miami Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews (18) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. on September 21, 2014. The Chiefs won 34-15. The Kansas City Star

▪ Miami Dolphins players ‘beyond furious’ with defensive scheme in loss to Kansas City Chiefs: “The Dolphins lost by 19 points. Again.

“But that’s only half the story of Sunday’s 34-15 shellacking at the hands of the Chiefs, who handed the Dolphins their second blowout loss in a row.

“One source said Dolphins players are “beyond furious, irate” at defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle’s defensive adjustments and game plan.

“Players are privately questioning a host of decisions, including Coyle’s call to have Cameron Wake and Jason Trusnik cover speedy Chiefs running back Joe McKnight in space, said another. McKnight exploited the matchups and had two touchdown catches in the second half Sunday.”

▪ Miami Dolphins’ Lamar Miller has career game against Kansas City Chiefs: “Lamar Miller set a career high with 108 yards against the Chiefs, and needed just 15 carries to do so. Miller’s 7.2 yards-per-rush average was his best in a calendar year. That average was helped by a 24-yard carry, the longest by any player in the game.

“But for as good as the Dolphins were on the ground, the Chiefs were better.

“Kansas City shredded Miami's defense for 174 yards, running the ball 41 times. And that was without Jamaal Charles, who missed the game with a high ankle sprain.

“Knile Davis filled in just fine, going for 132 yards on 32 carries.

“‘It’s unacceptable,’ said defensive end Jared Odrick.”

Greg Cote: Pressure builds on Miami Dolphins’ faltering quarterback Ryan Tannehill: “For a second consecutive game the Miami offense produced all of one touchdown, a dearth that makes the pressure on quarterback Ryan Tannehill immediate and large, and an intensifying heat.

“Tannehill has yet to have an above-average performance three games into his crucial third season as a top-10 draft pick expected to be an NFL star. On Sunday, he completed only 21 of 43 passes for 205 yards, again struggling with his accuracy.

“In the fourth quarter — when games are won or lost and QBs define themselves as special or not — Tannehill had chances to lead his team back from a 21-15 deficit but could not. The opportunity was there for him to be a hero, to leave the home crowd cheering. He didn’t.”

▪ Quarter-by-quarter analysis: Dolphins vs. Chiefs: “Check out the impact players, highlights and lowlights from Miami’s 35-14 loss to Kansas City.”

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