Miami 2012 season played out almost exactly as expected
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by Ben Volin
A four-pack of Dolphins talking points to jumpstart your Monday:
1. Dolphins are exactly who we thought they were at the beginning of the season.
Dolphins fans aren’t exactly thrilled with the performance of their team this season. The Fins are 6-8, headed to their fourth straight non-winning season, and even with yesterday’s 24-3 win over Jacksonville, the Dolphins haven’t inspired a ton of confidence for the future.
They’re scoring fewer points than last year, coming up small in the fourth quarter, not making many big plays on defense and Ryan Tannehill seems to be the one rookie quarterback who isn’t lighting up the NFL. ...
But when analyzing this season, one thing becomes obvious: It played out almost exactly as it was supposed to. To steal the famous line from Denny Green, the Dolphins were exactly who we thought they were.
Expectations obviously weren’t high for the Dolphins this year. Most pundits predicted 3-5 wins.
2. Sunday’s win was good for building depth.
The teams that win in January don’t just have the best coaching or the most star playmakers on both sides of the ball. Often, it’s the teams that have the best depth to withstand injuries after a long season that end up playing in the Super Bowl.
And to that end, Sunday’s 24-3 win over Jacksonville was important. Obviously, the Dolphins aren’t going to be playing for the Lombardi Trophy this year, but a lot of backups and young players got some crucial game experience.
3. Dolphins still have a flicker of hope at the playoffs.
They might have a better chance of hitting the Powerball, but the Dolphins can still make the playoffs, believe it or not.
How? Hold on, it gets complicated. ...
4. Don’t celebrate just yet, ’72 Dolphins.
NFL player agent Ian Greengross passed along this stat yesterday: His client, kickoff returner Trindon Holliday, is actually 14-0 this year.
The 5-foot-5 speedster from LSU spent the first five weeks of the season with the Texans, who went 5-0 in that stretch. Holliday was then waived the day after their Week 5 win against the Jets, and claimed the next day by the Broncos, who immediately installed him as their kickoff and punt returner. And wouldn’t you know it, but the Broncos have now won nine straight games, all since Holliday joined the team.
So Holliday is 14-0 this year. If the Broncos win out this regular season and win the Super Bowl, he’ll be 19-0. And Perfectville will have a new resident.