Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Dolphins not as bad as casual fans tend to believe

The Dolphins will not go winless in 2007.

That's right, I said it. They are not. Sure they're 0-11 and haven't scored an offensive TD since the 3rd quarter of their 13-10 loss to the Bills on November 11th (a span of 9 quarters). Some so-called football "fans" believe that the 2007 Dolphins are the NFL's worst team - ever. Pathetic. Does the casual fan just look at records? Yeah they do. So of course 0-11 looks terrible. And a team hasn't gone winless since the 1976 Bucs lost all 14 games. But what these casual fans don't realize or care about are the actual effort or extenuating circumstances. They just believe all of what the media and other casual fans say: that this team sucks. Yes they are bad. But how many people know that this team has lost SIX games by 3 points? That is more than half of their games played so far. What if it had been the other way around? What if they won those six games bye 3 and were at 6-5? They'd be getting praised like the Browns are. But of course they didn't win any of those games. The casual fans also don't see that the Dolphins have used almost 10 different combinations at safety, the second most important position on the defense (next to middle linebacker). The injuries this team has had to go through is extensive. Trent Green, Ronnie Brown, Zach Thomas, Matt Roth, Renaldo Hill, Traveres Tillman, Yeremiah Bell, Chase Page, and now Ricky Williams, have all missed multiple games with injuries (and a handful are done for the year).

This isn't meant to be an excuse. They are bad. They are also unlucky. And if a team these next 5 weeks takes them lightly the Dolphins will get the one win that has eluded them thus far. The Dolphins will not go winless. Be wary Jets, Bills, Ravens, Patriots (yes, even they should be worried), and Bengals. The Dolphins look much worse on paper than they do on the field.

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