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Thursday, September 13, 2007

The importance of a good start

If the Dolphins are to have any chance of being a halfway decent team this year, a team that sniffs playoff contention, they have to beat Dallas on Sunday.

That's not me saying that. That's history.

In the past two seasons, only one team out of 24 that made the playoffs, recovered from an 0-2 start to make it to the postseason.

Kansas City started last season 0-2 and still made the playoffs. Of course, the Chiefs had a quick exit when Trent Green played poorly against Indianapolis. But I digress.

San Diego, Seattle, New Orleans, New England, Indianapolis, Dallas, Chicago and Baltimore all started out 2-0 and went forward. The Jets and Giants, and Philadelphia, started out 1-1 and had a good season.

The point is if it isn't happening for the Dolphins as soon as this week, it isn't happening.

And I can hear you snickering right now. You're thinking the Dolphins stink and this season will prove it.

But I say, maybe not. Maybe the Dolphins lost against what will be a pretty fair Redskins team in overtime while on the road. We'll see.

Your thoughts?


Anonymous Larry said...


I completely agree with a must win at home against the ‘boys, and I also agree with Washington being a pretty decent team this year. I’m still pretty positive on the Fins so far and am glad to report we’ve already reached ¼ of our interception total from a year ago. However, we will need to do a better job of rushing Romo this week to have a chance, and I hope we can contain Barber. Go Fins!

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the first time I am posting after your comments. I typically read them and move on. However, I noticed this team had ZERO excitement. I have read previous comments that stated the preseason was only a glimmer of our playbook. That being said, they should have stuck with that, at least during the game against KC Ronnie WHO had a couple of 10+ yards per carry.

Sunday's game look like everyone was not prepared. Almost as if the team understood that game day is a well oiled machine and we know what to do, when it looked like decisions were being made on the cuff, i.e. poor clock management at the end of both halfs. Just over a minute with 3 TO's and no attempt at giving Freely a shot? Seasons have moments where a single play transforms a season, and it seemed like there were a few opportunities, they were however passed up. I hope I'm wrong but 6-10 here we come!!!

12:29 PM  
Anonymous John Michaels said...

I've always believed that one game does not make a season. Dallas is a tough team, and hopefully some home cooking, and a hard fought win will get the Dolphins back on the right track.

12:52 PM  
Blogger jonathan said...

I completely agree.

Our receivers had better start catching the ball because there is no way our defense, with its mediocre secondary further depleted, is going to hold Dallas to 13 points in regulation.

100 yards rushing with a 4+ YPC would be nice but I won't hold my breath on that one.

If you ask me to bet, I bet that Dallas wins and the Dolphins finish the season at 7-9.


2:20 PM  
Anonymous Dave A said...

I went to the Washington game last week, and frankly neither team will be in the playoffs this year. Miami's defense played well enough, just well enough, to win. The O clearly did not and showed no signs of being able to sustain a drive.

It is going to be a long year for us which will be proven out against Dallas,

2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Dave. I was at the game as well in Washington and thought both teams played sloppy. After watching both Primetime games this weekend where all 4 teams (Cowboys, Giants, Ravens, Bengals) will be Dolphins oppoinents this year, I think we are in for a long season. Each of those teams played with a higher preparation and effort level, and each of them appeared to possess more talent as teams. Hopefully I'm wrong and week 1 was just an abberation. This week will paint a clearer picture (esp. with a Home game).

2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Fins to end up 3-13 ... not even close to the playoffs.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

I would love to see us beat the Cowgirls but I don't see it happening. The reason is simple, Dallas scored 45 points last week. Miami has scored more than 30 points only 4 times in the last 4 years. You didn't read that wrong... 30 or more points only 4 times in the last 4 years!!!

3:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was at the Washington game last week. Armando, you need to put down the crack pipe when you watch this team. I saw nothing different from the last 5 miserable seasons. A good but not great defense, and an impotent offense. We are gonna get raped Sunday and over most of the season.

3:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope every dolphin reads this article and play the game on sunday as a must win game. did I just say a must win game during the second week of the season? That's basically what Mando is saying

3:46 PM  
Blogger Scotty said...

The Cowgirls are ripe for an upset.

But only if *IF* our beloved Fins play better than they did last week (I say "beloved" because entirely too many people trash this team). It looked like they'd never played a preseason game in their lives - rusty, miscommunicated mistakes and all around uninspired, confused performance.

The Midgets last week were horrendous - couldn't get anything done offensively, and couldn't stop an ant from scoring TDs defensively. All in all, the Cowgirls looked better than they really are.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Armando, you are 100% right. History bears it out; this is a "must win" game in week 2! However, as optimistic as I try to be, and try to think of a way the Dolphins can win on Sunday, I just don't see it. I think it's going to be a nightmare for us every time Romo goes back to pass! I think it would be a major miracle if the Fins pull this one out! I just keep reminding myself that they went into Soldier Field last year as 13-point 'dogs and beat the Bears with Joey Harrington at QB! No one saw that one coming, so we just have to wait and see ... and pray!

4:25 PM  
Anonymous Patrick said...

It is interesting to note that as soon as Bell went down the defense started looking like a sieve. He was the run stopping safety and we didn't really have an 8th man to put in the box when they went into the grind out mode. Gibbs is smart enough to know that Tillman wasn't going to tackle anyone.

Look for Dallas to shove it down our throats until we prove we can stop it. But then it will be TO time...

It's a shame this offense has had no star quality player since Danny stepped down. That's over 10 years without one game breaker. The great Gods of football must have gotten really mad when they renamed JRS. Wayne give Joe Robbie is due so he'll take the curse off!

4:47 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

I agree with the last statement! Joe Robbie Stadium should still Be Joe Robbie Stadium! I hated when we changed it. Change it back.

9:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This all from the guy that said we're going 10-6...god i love the media.

10:02 PM  
Blogger H.C.D. said...

If the Dolphins continue to play at the level of their opponent, which is usually the case, then there is a VERY good chance we can beat the Cowgirls on Sunday. However, the WRs and TEs better put some STICK UM on their hands, because if I see some dropped passes, my TV will probably get damaged.

9:13 AM  

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