Monday, November 08, 2010

Mid-season report card

At 4-4, what can you say about these Dolphins?  They're not good enough?  They're not trying enough?  I don't know.

What I do know is that my expectation was that they'd host the AFC Championship game this season.  With their play, that seems unlikely, but at 4-4, they actually aren't that far (2 games) behind the AFC's best.  Laughable as that seems.  So all hope is not lost.

Offensively they've become predictable, defensively they aren't able to hold other teams, and on special teams, they're forgettable.

Best game this year: I would say overall going into Minnesota and stopping Brett Favre and Adrian Petersen was impressive, and the goal line stand at the end was sweet.  That's the kind of play I expect from this team.

Worst game: this is a really tough call.  The Patriots game was unbelieveable due to the ineptitude on special teams (but other than that Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?).  But I think I'm leaning to the Ravens game, because all phases of the game were bad.  There's no sugarcoating it and simply firing an assistant coach after this one.

MVP thus far: wow if Dan Carpenter is my MVP, then there is something really wrong here.  Having a kicker play well is important, and he's had some clutch kicks.  But it should not come down to him each and every week, sorry.

Top offensive player: Jake Long has been stable and consistent and only has a couple of penalties.  He's played well and deserves this one.

Top defensive player: Cam Wake has been really good, and is second in the league in sacks.  He makes you think "Jason who?" at times.

Top rookie: Koa Misi is the only rookie who has done *anything* this season, so by default, its his honor.

And there you have it.  I suggested they'd go 9-7, and that seems a bit of a stretch, but is still possible.
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