Five Keys To Making The Playoffs

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Hope is eternal in late August for NFL fans. Every team is undefeated and every fan confident the off season changes are just what the doctor ordered to

Playoffs? Playoffs???

succeed. Why not talk about the playoffs? It is never too early, only too late. Here are 5 key things the Miami Dolphins must do to make the playoffs.

  • Do no worse than split with division foes: Being in what is arguably the toughest division in all of football, making the playoffs will be no easy task. Both the Pats and Jets are expected to have wins in double digits. It is critical that Miami do no worse than split the six games with the Pats, Jets and Bills. Sweeping either of the three would be a plus.


  • Win at Home: Sadly, the Fins have not had a home field advantage since the Orange Bowl. Sunlife Stadium is not particularly loud and on many Sunday’s, the fans of the opponents out number the hometown fans. I suppose that is the price you pay by having a sports team in a part of the country where the favorable weather and lifestyle attract people from all over. Worse yet, the schedulers have not been kind to us, partly at the prodding of Stephen Ross. Mr. Ross has requested more 4:00 p.m. games for the sake of fan comfort in the earlier / hotter portion of the season. Apparently, gone are the days where 94 degree heat and 85% humidity on a 1:00 p.m. September Sunday afternoon became an advantage. If you recall, once upon a time during the Shula era, the Miami Dolphins had the best September record in the entire NFL. Let’s not talk about December. Regardless, it is critical that the team find a way to win at home.


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  • Lespaul

    how about protecting the quarterback? Hard to make the playoffs when your QB is on his back or running for his life.

  • stevehoffart

    Dude it’s “Gel” not “Jell”, second time I’ve seen you use it like this. Unless the Phins are sponsored by JELLO, it’s still Gel.

  • fins4ever

    @stevehoffart Thank you, I have changed the terminology. I guess we all learn something everyday. Sorry that is all you got out of the article.

  • fins4ever

    @Lespaul Agree. That goes hand in hand with the O line. No?

  • stevehoffart

    Awe, I wasn’t trying to rip on your article. It was good bro.

  • fins4ever

    @stevehoffart Thanks again. It is all true. If Henne doesn’t step it up and the o line plays like last year along with the type of conservative play, it will be a long season. We have to take back the division, starting on opening night in Miami!!

  • davej462

    I too am a Chad believer. I was a season ticket holder in orange bowl days. I currently live in Colorado and on a side note, “WE DO NOT WANT KYLE ORTON”.

    About filling the stands with dolphin supporters, that begins with winning games. Example, go to an Orioles game against NY in Baltimore. It was the same way in Boston until they started winning. Win games = fan support.

    I am excited about the defense this year and the O news I have been able to get sounds positive. I think Chad was a victim of the system and lack of confidence from the coaches. The correct person was fired when Dan Henning cleared out his office. That was the best news I have heard about the Dolphins in years.

    I am hopeful this year as I am every year. I was at the Playoff game against Baltimore a couple of years ago and hope to get to a couple of more SOON.


  • GenLowe

    I’m watching the Pats slaughter the Jags. One of the Pats broadcasters said NE had Ryan Mallet rated first among all QBs on the draft board. This kid is the real deal. He’s got a laser for an arm, is accurate, moves in the pocket like Brady. Once again you guys missed the boat on your post-Dan QB. Once again you’re sniffing around for somebody else’s backup QB. Will they ever learn?

  • fins4ever

    @GenLowe I am beginning to wonder! If they don’t draft a QB in round 1 next year, I will lose all hope.