MIAMI (AP) — “I'm trying to search for answers, and I just keep coming back to embarrassing. Everything about this loss today is embarrassing.”
That was the verdict from Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush after the Miami Dolphins suffered an embarrassing 18-15 loss in the final minutes of their game against the Denver Broncos at home on Sunday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens.
The defeat put Miami at 0-6, extending the NFL's longest losing streak to nine games and leaving the status of embattled coach Tony Sparano even more tenuous. The Miami Herald reported on Wednesday that the team may be considering Bill Cowher, Jeff Fisher and Jon Gruden as possible alternatives to Sparano. The Dolphins lost for the 12th time in their past 13 home games.
“Loss for words, really,” receiver Davone Bess said. “Unacceptable. Those kind of ball games, you have to come out on top. You have to. And we didn't — again.”
The loss couldn’t have been more embarrassing.
The Broncos appeared beaten when they trailed 15-0 with 5:23 left and took over at their 20. At that point, quarterback Tim Tebow, making his first solo appearance in the NFL, was 4 for 14 for 40 yards. He led an eight-play touchdown drive that got them back in the game. “You can't lose confidence in yourself, or you've lost already,” he said. “When you get knocked down, you've got to keep getting back up.”
Crowd loyalties were divided even at halftime, when the Dolphins paid tribute to the 2008 Gators. “Our fans, they've been through a lot of hard times,” Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said.
Photo: Dolphins Receiver Davone Bess