DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — The Miami Dolphins' first loss of the season made their deficiencies look a lot more glaring.
Pass protection was poor. Turnovers were a problem for Ryan Tannehill. He failed to mesh with $60 million receiver Mike Wallace. The ground game disappeared. The defense turned soft on third down. And the secondary was shaky, especially when it came to covering tight ends.
Those issues were evident in earlier games, and they became insurmountable Monday night, when the Dolphins lost at New Orleans, 38-17.
The defeat dropped them one game behind unbeaten New England in the AFC East standings, and Miami (3-1) must regroup quickly to play Baltimore (2-2) on Sunday.
"You never want to lose like that, but we've just got to move on to the next game," cornerback Brent Grimes said Tuesday. "The good thing about the NFL is there are plenty of games. We've got a game coming up against the world champs, so we can go out and put some good work on the field and get a win."
Coach Joe Philbin and his staff have plenty of problems to address in a short week. Defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle's unit gave up season-high totals in points and yards (465) against the Saints.
On the other side of the ball, mistakes were so plentiful that at one point offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, calling plays from the press box, buried his head in his hands in dismay.
"Obviously you never want to perform like that in any situation," Tannehill said. "We're not happy with ourselves, but there are things we can correct."
Tannehill played poorly for the first time this season. He had a three-interception game for the third time in 20 career starts, and pass protection was a factor — he was hit on two of the throws.
He was also sacked four times, increasing his season total to 18, the most of any quarterback in the NFL. He's on pace to break Hall of Famer Bob Griese's 45-year-old franchise record of 43 sacks.
"It's a big concern," Philbin said. "Eighteen sacks is 4½ a game. That's too many."
After the game, Saints linebacker Junior Galette said the Dolphins had been overrated, and said his team abused Miami's offensive line the entire game.
Dolphins guard Richie Incognito was asked Tuesday about those comments.
"Win or lose in this league, you have to stay classy and be professional," Incognito said. "I don't think those comments were very professional."
Partly because he has been knocked around so much in the pocket, Tannehill leads the league with six fumbles. He lost one Monday night trying for extra yards at the end of an 8-yard run.