"You've got to get it in there,'' the Dolphins rookie quarterback said. "Third- and-10. Seven-point game. Five minutes left on the clock."
He shook his head. "Yeah, it was tight coverage, but you've got to get the ball in there."
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Bess was behind San Francisco's defense by as much as any Dolphin was Sunday. A step. Maybe less.
That's the margin of error the Dolphins have in these games, the real problem to this year, the prime reason this team has lost five of six and is now drifting to the end of another season.
Sunday was really about being the latest memo to General Manager Jeff Ireland about what this team needs. By December, by game 13, by the fourth quarter against one of the league's top teams, Ireland surely doesn't need any more hints.
Here are their point totals in the past six games that have dumped the season: 20, 3, 14, 24, 16 and 13. They won the only game they scored the most of 24 points. Any questions about needing a receiver and second tight end to get in the end zone?
This offense still doesn't have a third receiver. And the coaches are trying. Lamar Miller started at running back and Reggie Bush lined out wide early to match him against a San Francisco linebacker.
"But we adjusted and put a defensive back on them,'' 49ers safety Dashon Goldson said. "We got the best of that."
And when they got down double digits?
"They started to have to run (pass routes) longer than 10 yards,'' safety Donte Whitner said. "If you look at their offense, they're really not built for that. They don't want to make (Tannehill) read too much."
That might be part of it. The larger part is they don't have the proper targets to get open. Tannehill actually assembled the one touchdown drive after they fell behind 20-6.
A few short passes. Some nice Bush runs. A 20-yard scramble by Tannehill. And then the catch of the year, - diving, one-handed, knee scraping the inbounds - by tight end Anthony Fasano.
That's hard to do regularly against the league's best defense.
"You can't nickel-and-dime them,'' Dolphins coach Joe Philbin said.
And the Dolphins just don't have the talent to big-play a team like the 49ers to defeat. The defense is there, as it showed again Sunday. Cam Wake had three sacks and even dropped into coverage for a third-down tackle against receiver Michael Crabtree in the fourth quarter.
"We still didn't' get off field when we had to,'' he said of the game-cementing 49ers touchdown run by quarterback Colin Kaepernick of 50yards. "We get the ball back to the offense there, we got a chance."
Again, mistakes are magnified on this team. Like on special teams – not downing a punt inside the five; muffing a punt catch to set up a 49ers touchdown . These Dolphins can't overcome that.
Nor can they afford to miss on the chance to throw a deep ball or two a game and win. Tannehill, you see, is asked to be perfect because of this imperfect receiving corps.
The real surprise is the Dolphins were able to mask the issue long enough to have a promising start. But Ireland began the season saying their receiving corps consisted of, "four, five and six options – we need ones, twos and threes."
Nothing's changed. And so the Dolphins are right where you'd expect. Not scoring enough. And fading through another December.