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In a prior article, I guaranteed that the Jets would lose their first game. From 9 Sep 2010, Jets to Lose First Game. http://phinphanatic.com/2010/09/09/jets-to-lose-first-game/
And they did lose that game.
But this article grabbed the ire of many Jets fans, who for some unknown reason are visiting our Miami Dolphins website often and bothered to log-in and comment on the article.
There were about 40 responses and many of them were irate and not printable here (from Jets fans obviously. In fact, if I had only told you that several Jets fans wrote to comment you would probably have guessed at the kinds of comments that were made). But I will respond to one here and start by quoting the writer:
John Dinielli says:
We may have laid an egg on Offence [sic] last night but the Dolphins are not a team that is on our radar, after a full 16 games we will finish with a better record then them.
Yeah, they beat a sorry Bills team, The Jets lost to a great defensive team,similar to their own, next week we both have a test which would make week 3 more clear as to a prediction.Both teams have a big test in week 2, The first quarter report card comes out after week 4, then every team has a larger sample size for which to be accurately Judged.
The respondent above writes that, “the Dolphins are not a team that is on our radar”. I would assert that right now, the Dolphins are definitely, “on [the Jets] radar”. You better believe it.
And now the Jets organization will pay $165,000 to provide training to the entire NFL (all teams) on how to be professional with sports writers; this coming in the wake of another public relations disaster.
But wait, there’s more: Braylon Edwards just last night was arrested for another DWI (see the article just prior to this one on PhinPhanatic.com). So they will likely lose him for the next game in Miami – the Dolphins Home Season Opener and one in which the entire city is being mobilized to wear and put up Orange everywhere.
And after all of the hype and hoopla and the NFL Hard Knocks episodes, this is a 1-1 team which is not favored to win against the Miami Dolphins this Sunday…? The Dolphins are favored by 2 1/2 (opening line courtesy USA Today, Sunday Edition).
Ok, think that the Dolphins are “on their radar” yet?
Maybe not – they’ve got so much happening over on their side of the ball, so many distractions – that to pay any attention to an actual opponent on the field must require quite a bit of effort for “Mr. Class” Rex Ryan, et. al.
Now, certainly after more games are played then a better basis for which to judge each team will be evident. But meantime, the Jets are just happy to have “redeemed” themselves last week by beating the New England Patriots.
But the Dolphins are not 1-1. And the Dolphins are now the Division Leader and the team that the Jets must be able to beat or the Jets will likely go nowhere this season. Think we’re “on the radar” yet for the Jets?
- Jets: Get Ready for the Orange Crush [photo Courtesy MiamiDolphins.Com]
The Miami Dolphins Defense is every bit as good as I told you (the readers) that it would be, back in July/August. They are a punishing and turnover-causing unit that makes the opposing offense pay for every yard and every point. And best of all, they are continuing to improve.
The Dolphins Offense has not arrived yet and here’s why: some of the scheme has been re-designed to take advantage of the strong-armed Chad Henne. So he needs to grow into the system designed for him and learn to take the long-ball opportunity when it presents itself. And this is also good news: this unit will improve. Even to those nay-sayers, I can opine that it can only get better after scoring a meager 1 touchdown per game. But don’t worry because this is not David Woodley in the year 1982; Chad Henne is smart, strong, physical and willing to do what it takes to win.
Here’s my message to those who have drunk the Jets’ Kool-Aide so far during the preseason and first couple of games: get ready for the Orange Crush.