It was a rough season for the Miami Dolphins, but there were some bright spots to celebrate. Here are the five best individual performances of 2021.
The 2021 season was a mostly forgettable one for the Miami Dolphins. Sure, there was a seven-game winning streak that came at the hands of some of the worst teams and quarterbacks the league has to offer. And sure, the Dolphins played their way back and even controlled their own destiny for six days.
But there was also a seven-game losing streak that got them in that particular predicament in the first place, and they dashed their playoff hopes by playing their ugliest game of the season in the most important one. The shortcomings in the win column did plenty to expose the weaknesses on the roster, and of those there were plenty. Work will have to be done in the off season to patch those holes, and there could be some serious roster turnover in 2022.
There were some bright spots on the season, however. The defense took form in the second half of the season and regained the identity that it leaned on in 2020. The rookie crop of Jaylen Waddle, Jevon Holland, and Jaelan Phillips all played up to their billings as high draft picks, and could all become cornerstone franchise players sometime in the near future. There is optimism that once the offensive line is fixed and can be relied upon, then the playbook will open up and Tua Tagovailoa (or whoever might be under center) will be able to build a higher-powered offense.
A disappointing season still had its silver linings and reasons to look forward to the future. There were also some impressive individual performances that often led to victories, but also gave us a glimpse at the big-game ability of certain players and a look at what the future might hold.
Here are the five best individual performances by the Miami Dolphins during the 2022 season: