Dolphins Players Mid-Season Grades
By Kyle Speirs
The Miami Dolphins will play their tenth game of the 2015/16 season on Sunday when they face the Dallas Cowboys at SunLife Stadium. A campaign that began with lots of hype and dreams of a playoff run in Miami quickly turned into a rescue mission, in which the tight ends coach was asked to pull the team out of a rut and save the Dolphins’ season when Joe Philbin was fired.
After throwing away a game to Jacksonville, the two telling divisional losses that followed spelled the end for Philbin. His 1-3 record was deemed fireable and he was replaced by Dan Campbell on an interim basis. The difference in coaching styles was quickly apparent and the new aggressive Dolphins fought their way back to .500 with two dominating performances against the Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans.
The real test for Campbell’s men came against the New England Patriots in Foxborough. The intensity and emotional playing style that the Dolphins had been carrying through games with them since Campbell took over was not enough to overcome Tom Brady and the Patriots, who dismantled Miami 36-7. Another crushing divisional loss quickly followed as the Buffalo Bills made easy work of the Dolphins with a 33-17 victory.
A slight glimmer of hope was apparent at the end of the hard-fought Week 10 win over the Philadelphia Eagles though, and Miami now have the chance to move to 5-5 with a win on Sunday.
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