As many expected, the Miami Dolphins fell to the Los Angeles Chargers 30-10 at home on Sunday. And despite looking like the better team for the better part of the first half, the team reverted back to their old ways at halftime. But it wasn’t all doom and gloom on this day. One player in particular that stood out, was Dolphins’ pass-rusher Taco Charlton.
Charlton, the former 28th-overall pick of the 2017 draft, was claimed off of waivers two weeks ago after being released by Dallas. On Sunday, he recorded his second sack of the young 2019 season, putting him atop the team leader-board for sacks in 2019.
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After the game, Charlton had this to say about his team’s ability to get some pressure on Chargers’ QB Phillip Rivers.
‘We got some but Iike I said, I’m never satisfied. I want more. It’s not enough. Like I said, we’ve got to help each other out. The d-line, we’ve got to put pressure to help that secondary out and vice versa. I think it’s something for us to build off of. Keep working and get back to work and like I said, get ready after this bye week to get a win.”
He was then asked his thoughts about the final score, and the displeasure he showed as he walked off the field.
“It’s never satisfying. I’m a competitor, so I like to win. Just having that feeling, I just hate seeing us lose, especially when I feel like we could have done some things that could have changed the outcome. It’s something for us to build off of and come back after this bye week ready to go. ”
Another former first-round pick that the Dolphins had high hopes for in 2019, is pass-rusher Charles Harris. Harris was selected six spots ahead of Charlton in the 2017 draft. Unfortunately, his career hasn’t lived up to his high expectations. In fact, Charlton is one sack away from tying Harris total over his first three seasons in Miami.
When asked what he thought about Miami’s pass rush on Sunday, Harris had this to say.
“I think we definitely did a good job of caging him in. He’s a great quarterback, so we have to do a better job of hitting him more and more. He’s a tough guy. He got a couple passes out there. We just have to keep on him.”
Harris was then asked what the tone in the locker room is after starting the season 0-4.
“Back to work. That’s the number one thing. Training follows wherever the leader goes. I think (Head) Coach ‘Flo’ (Brian Flores) isn’t giving up in terms of us working hard and getting back to the basics, correcting and things like that. I think right now it’s just hard work. I think everyone knows we have to come back in tomorrow, make the corrections, and get back to the grind. Enjoy the bye week and come back and come back to work.”
The Dolphins will now have 13 days to correct their mistakes, before taking on the Washington Redskins–in what many are calling the “Tua Bowl”.
Josh Houtz (@houtz) is a die-hard fan of the Miami Dolphins. He loves to put sriracha & cilantro on his Taco Charlton.