There isn’t much statistical basis for Peter King’s prediction that Miami will be surpassed by the Buffalo “Toronto” Bills this season. From our young, rising #6 defense, led by Mike Nolan, to the importing of Reggie Bush to help bulk up our big play potential. From the loss of Lee Evans, to a Buffalo defense that was 25th overall and gave up almost a full touchdown more per game than our unit.
Sure Buffalo drafted a handful of defensive players. And sure, Miami has decided to go into battle with a QB who has yet to show the consistency Ryan Fitzpatrick has. But truthfully there aren’t many concrete reasons why these Dolphins, who without a bizarre officiating snafu would have been 8-8, might suddenly be surpassed by a 4-12 team with a -142 point differential.
No Peter King was looking at something beyond numbers when he threw this much debated prophecy out into cyberspace. King was predicting that these Miami Dolphins are going to simply fold, as they did down the stretch last season. He was predicting that Tony Sparano’s hold on the hearts and minds of the men that make up his roster will crumble.
The end of 2010 was very disconcerting. In the thick of the playoff chase we lost 5 of 7, and 4 of 5. And these weren’t games against the NFL elite for the most part. These were winnable games. As we all know, this swan dive came to a head in Foxboro, when the players officially folded on their leader’s watch. New England had one of the worst defenses in the AFC, yet we made them look like the Monsters of the Midway. We scored one meaningless TD with two minutes left. It was as sorry a performance as we’ve seen from the Sea Mammals in a long time.
So forgive Peter King for making a prediction not based on a whole lot of Xs and Os. He slotted us at the bottom of the East based on something emotional, something that happens to teams from time to time regardless of the talent on the roster. Peter King thinks the Dolphins are going to quit.
King isn’t alone. By now the bulletin board in Davie should be flush with articles and predictions counting the Dolphins out. In just twelve days Miami can start proving them wrong. Or God forbid, right.
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