It’s the same old song and dance for Dolphin fans, an underachieving team that cant win the games they need to win. This story has been told over and over again in South Florida over the past ten years, and after yesterdays debacle its time to add another chapter to this pathetic stale. Yesterday’s pitiful offensive performance pretty much put an end to the Dolphins playoff hopes, which were slim when the day started to begin with, but we’ve seen this before from the Dolphins, we’ve seen this team choke in the past. The only thing different is the players and coaches but Dolphin fans know the same agonizing pain.
Remember 2002? The Dolphins we’re 9-5 and in control of the AFC East with two remaining games on the schedule. A division title was expected and at the absolute worst a wild card birth. First up was a Saturday afternoon game in Minnesota, which was Chris Carter’s return to the Metrodome. Yes, remember Chris Carter was a Dolphin for a half second. The Dolphins lost to the lowly Vikings 9-6 in a game that may have set offensive football back 50 years. Next was the season finale in Foxboro against the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots. Miami had leads of 21-7 and 24-13, but still managed to blow both leads, the division, and a playoff spot.
Next was 2003. The Dolphins we’re 8-4 coming off an impressive thanksgiving dismantling of the Cowboys. After ten days off the Dolphins had another date in Foxboro with the Patriots who had already defeated the Dolphins on a Tom Brady touchdown bomb in overtime in Miami earlier in the year. The weather was cold and the division was on the line once again, and what’s the lasting memory from that day? Teddy Bruschi walking into the end zone after an interception of Jay Fielder sealing the Patriots 12-0 shutout and propelled fans to fill the sky with snow. After that game the Patriots went on to win the division and later the biggest game of all in February. Miami did manage to win ten games, but missed the playoffs largely in part to that evening in New England.
On to 2009. The Dolphins had rallied to a 7-6 record after losing the first three games of the season. Their playoff chances rested on three must win games to end the season. First came an overtime loss in Tennessee, followed by another loss to the Texans at home, and finally a season ending loss to the Steelers. Now yes their playoff hopes weren’t exactly set in stone, but they we’re still three losses in three must win games.
Arguably every game the Dolphins lost this year has been one of those must win or season changing wins. This team could of easily beaten Pittsburgh and New York at home, but came up short each time. They we’re blown out by Baltimore and New England and then there was yesterdays turnover filled debacle against Cleveland. All these games have defined this Dolphin team. That definition is, same old Dolphins.
About the Author
Written by Bill Dowling
I am a life long Dolphin fan from right outside New York City. I work for Sirius NFL Radio have some personal connections within the organization. If I’m not watching the Dolphins I'm watching all other sports around the country and have experience covering all these sports as well.