Which Dolphins show up this week?
Posted on: September 29, 2008 11:38 pm
Edited on: September 29, 2008 11:42 pm
The Dolphins are just like every other team that's coming off of a bad year and is trying to rebuild. You're going to have ups and downs. The scary or exciting thing about the Dolphins is they've played three games with three dramatically different results. They kept it close with the Jets and could have won that game if they would have stuck with the run a little more and thrown the alley-oop to someone other than the short guy (Ted Ginn). The second game they got shelled by a very good Arizona offense who, in my opinion, has the best pair of wideouts in the league. They couldn't do much of anything right in that game. Thye blocked poorly. They ran the ball poorly. Their pass defense was horrendous. All in all, it was a game that Dolphin's fans would just as soon forget. Then the following week, the Dolphins put on a performance that gus us Dolphins fans some hope. They dismantled the Patriots. Sure, Brady didn't play but he's not the whole team. Right, Patriot's fan? The thing that was most impressive was that the Dolphin's offense made the Pat's defense look like the geriatric group that they are. Ronnie Brown looked like the beast he was before his injury last year and Pennington looked like the smart, accurate, intelligent QB that he's supposed to be. Even Ricky got in on the act and contributed over 90 yards on the ground. They outplayed the Patriot's in virtually every facet of the game and forced all the Patriot's fans to go to work the next day with thier heads hung low. Were their Patriot's fans before 2001? I don't remember any. That's why I always proudly tell everyone who cares to hear that I'm a Dolphin's fan so when they start winning again, they can't say I just climbed up on the bandwagon. Next up is the San Diego Chargers. Before the season started, I had the Chargers predicted to be the AFC's rep in the Super Bowl. Their Defense took a hit with the loss of Merriweather but, top to bottom, this team has a lot of talent. If they come out and spot us a lead like they did the Raiders last week, I'll be pretty confident about our chances. If our offense can keep our defense off of the field and run the ball like they did against the Patriots, I'll feel pretty good. San Diego has some good WRs but these guys aren't in the same league much less the same height range with the Arizona WRs so our secondary should have an easier time. The scary part is LT. We haven't faced a RB as talented as this guy. This is not Sammy Morris or Thomas Jones. This guy is a playmaker that can kill you from anywhere on the field. He can run, catch, and even throw the ball. He provides matchup problems that no other player can. If the Dolphins can keep him on the bench and our defense rested and put some points on the board then we can pull off another upset. I'm not naive enough to believe that this Dolphins team is a playoff team but they'll be exciting and they'll steal some wins and blowout some teams and lose some heartbreakers. It's an exciting time to be a Dolphin's fan as they'll get better every year because Parcells, unlike Dave Wannstedt, knows how to draft and use free agency to build a team. I hope all of the Dolphin's fans are as excited as I am and I hope in a year or so, we can get back to the way we were in the 70s and 80s when everyone dreaded playing the Dolphins. Go Dolphins!