Winning changes some things
But that is not the only thing that changes because of Miami's 22-16 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.
Now that the Dolphins have won:
- The argument that Cam Cameron must be fired because a winless coach has no right to keep his job becomes empty. There was little logical response to: "You have to fire the coach because he is the first in the history of the NFL to lose all 16 games." But now the idea of what to do with Cameron after the season is debatable. Oh, you can still argue that Cameron has made too many mistakes to keep his job. But at least there are responses to that argument -- too many injuries, a new system, an irrevocably broken roster. The debate can no longer be one-sided.
- Will Wayne Huizenga still sell the team? As many of you know because you've read it here and other places, Huizenga has been in negotiations to sell the team, with talks heating up of late with real estate investors Stephen Ross and Jorge Perez. There are myriad reasons Huizenga is thinking about the sale, but chief among them is his disappointment and frustration over the Dolphins previously winless season. If you saw shots of him on TV yesterday during and after the game -- including him wiping tears from his eyes after the victory -- you can begin to understand his depth of emotion for this team. So now that they've alleviated some of his frustrations, does he go forward with the sale? Or did that morsel of victory -- his first taste of success in over a year -- feed Huizenga enough to back away from the negotiating table?
- What to do at quarterback? Even going into yesterday's game, Cam Cameron was prepared to turn the job back to John Beck if Cleo Lemon struggled and turned the ball over. Now Lemon will be the starter against New England. But what does the coach do beyond that? If Lemon can't win in New England, which is likely, does he give Beck one last try in the season-finale? Does he give the rookie one last chance to build some of his confidence back going into 2008? And does Lemon's 300-plus-yard performance win him the opportunity to get re-signed by the Dolphins and compete for the starting job next year -- even though team people were privately admitting only days ago that Lemon is not the long-term answer?
All these are fallout from a victory. I wouldn't mind having to deal with more fallout from a victory next Monday.
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