Nov 11, 2012; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake (91) looks at the scoreboard in a game against the Tennessee Titans in the fourth quarter at Sun Life Stadium. The Titans defeated the Dolphins 37-3. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-US PRESSWIRE

Dolphins Fans Can Step Away From The Bridge


The loss the Dolphins endured at the hands of the Titans was abysmal to say the least. There was not one facet of the game that would lend any hope that the Dolphins will rebound and be a playoff team, but there never should have been to begin with. When the season first started aside from a few fanatical optimists not many people thought the Dolphins would come close to sniffing the playoffs.

After the Dolphins came out of the bye week and destroyed the Jets a false sense of optimism turning to realism began. People looked at this team and truly believed they could make a run for the playoffs. This was actually very similar to the Buffalo Bills last year, who showed some sparks of talent and put together a few good games, but ultimately came up short.

While taking part in a podcast last week with Jesse Agler on TheFinsiders, myself and the other two participants were asked by Jesse if by this point in the season the Dolphins had met, failed to, or exceeded our expectations of the team this year. It was a great question and I stand by my answer that they have still exceeded my original expectations.

At the beginning of the season I envisioned the Dolphins finishing at 8-8 this year. This is something that still may happen, and could also just as likely go 9-7 or 7-9. Regardless, this has still been a positive season. I never thought they would win some games so easily nor did I believe that two of their losses would be one errant field goal short of a win.

Ryan Tannehill is getting invaluable experience being under center each play. Obviously he has made some big mistakes so far, and he will continue to do so, because he is a rookie. We need to remember that Tannehill is only in his first year,we cannot expect so much from him right out of the gate. The more he plays and the more he learns, the better he will ultimately become.

The Dolphins have a real chance at this point to miss the playoffs but still finish in 2nd place in the AFC East. Obviously everybody reading this would love to see the Dolphins in the playoffs, but how could you look at them finishing 2nd in the AFC East and not be encouraged by their growth. Realistically the Dolphins are probably in a better position than most had predicted, and we should at least be grateful for that.

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  • gofins60

    Hopefully, this loss will show the Management that they have a LOT of holes to fill before they can be a consistently competitive team.

  • 2concept

    Well written, I wholeheartidly agree. This team is in transition but it will be a journey. The team as I see it has 3 weak points, and each weak point has a subset of weak points. OL, is not good in run block nor pass blocking. Must be addressed. Pass defense is terrible, takeaways are anemic, tackling is less than stelar. Recievers are good but separation speed is average at best, Every throw needs to be a pinpoint pass, not good, not possible with 300 pound defensive people in your face. on more plays than not. It’s going to be a journey.

  • Ripp

    I am not upset so much with the record but more upset of the performance of some key players. Make no mistake, this is a rebuilding year. The problem is when we have players such as Long, Bush, Smith and Odrick not only failing to meet expectations but been huge failures. So now all these guys who are suppose to be sure things are suddenly question marks and looking into the future you have to say this team is further away then what it should be.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1647336924 Robert Hall

    I to said we would go 8-8 at the start of the season. But now I think it will be one less game won at 7-9, which is still a success over last season. When we lose two straight games that we should have won, everyone on the team needs to take a long hard look at themselves and ask how badly they want to win, because I really saw no effort in each of the last two games on defense, especially to get to the QB.
    Don’t even get me started with the offense against Tennessee, cause we totally stunk!