This has been a crazy week for the Miami Dolphins, they fire their head coach on Monday, deal with the wrath of fans over Jeff Ireland staying, watch as a website pays 1500 bucks to fly a banner urging owner Stephen Ross to fire said Ireland, and promoted Todd Bowles to interim head coach. Say nothing for the rumors swirling from every direction on who the next real head coach will be.
Lost in this weeks shuffle? The Buffalo Bills on Sunday. Temperatures will hover around a balmy 35 degrees with some light snow falling. In other words, it’s a typical winter visit to New York for the Dolphins. The Dolphins themselves have been quietly going through their team preparations to get ready for Sunday’s game. The last meeting, four short weeks ago ended with a Dolphins lopsided victory, 35-8. Despite the distractions this week off the field, there is no reason to believe that this weeks game will be much different.
The Bills are a team that simply can’t seem to stay afloat. They have lost 6 straight and 7 of 8 and none of those losses have been close. Starting QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has been struggling to complete passes and the running game has died with the absence of Fred Jackson. In his place, C.J. Spiller has yet to make an impact.
For the Dolphins the only question here is whether the off-field locker room shake-up at head coach has distracted the team internally. It’s not likely as Bowles is a very respected coach and should be able to put the pieces together quickly with Brian Daboll on offense and Mike Nolan still calling the defense. What will be interesting is to see if the team opens up more on both sides of the ball. An indication that former coach Tony Sparano held them back.
The Dolphins will finish the season against all AFC East foes with a visit to New England next week and a return trip home to close out the season against the NY Jets. Then, the off-season fun begins.
The Dolphins will be without LB Koa Misi but expect Jake Long and Matt Moore both back for the game after suffering injuries last weekend.