Been reading all the comments and the few contributions we get these days( I think because nobody knows what the heck to say? It's beyond infuriating ); I have all kinds of reasons running through my head as to why this is/has/will continue to happen.
Cheapest: Sometimes I think our local media hypes us up so much with positive articles and such?.?.?.
Thought: Said this before in an article, and have heard commentators talk around/about it in different ways; but I do feel we were not as good last year as our record showed. "A win is a win!" Hey, that's great for a coach in a post game speech when Pisarcik hands off....I mean fumbles the ball...off a hip I think(??) into Herm Edwards hands for a last second TD, victory, play that will be remembered as long as...??? Anyway, Miami had how many wins last season, not as dramatic as a game in NY(or in a Garden state stadium shared by 2 NFL teams located in New York) that really could have gone either way?? And going along in a season, momentum can build just like it can dwindle in the wrong direction.
The point being, we were not as good as our record showed. Maybe that Baltimore game(LAST YEAR....well, any year) should have taken more importance by the fans than just the NFL experts. Should we have won at SD? The Jets game I wrote off as repercussions from what Trump said, Kap not being signed, the kneeling players, all that stuff. I was wrong!
Our other 3 victories! Should we have won those?? We won them almost in the same fashion as last year.
Thought: Carrying on, when we lost our starting QB, who is better than Matt Moore, then lost our 2nd round draft pick & starting MLB, then a CB that was improving each year, our starting LG for 1/2 the season; resigned a very good Tackle in his prime, but questionable at RG last year to play next to a RT that has been questionable his entire career(he has had some good games here & there, but I think better served as a back-up=James). Back to the left, traded away a pro-bowl LT for our gas mask sneak pick of the first round. Ending with what some say is the BEST CENTER in the NFL, or at least the BEST LINEMAN on the Dolphins. But are you playing this week??
So then we sign a QB that quit in a game to get to the SB; granted a grade II mcl sprain can cause discomfort and probably fear playing against DL's the size of......big guys. But I seriously think the QBs that have that FB fever, like Favre, Marino, guy from NE, many, many more would not take themselves out in a game to get to the SB. On a personal note: I tore an ACL & MCL, plus other damage on one play. First off, you have no control over the bottom portion of your leg(I didn't). If I tossed over in my bed, my body came, the lower 1/2 of my leg remained. And that kind of pain starts from the minute your body comes out of shock, or your whole leg stops tingling from some of the innate pain relievers our body has.
Personally, I didn't care much about the trade of Ajayi. There are few great RBs in the league anymore. And they usually have OLs in front of them that allow them that first burst that enables a RB to cause misses down the field. Plus, they don't seem to last very long. Play that position your entire life and your knees are quickly going to get older than the rest of your body. I know everyone can name this RB, or that RB and so on and so on.
Watching 18 years of futility is very frustrating.
Thought: And I know a lot of you already think this but will only mention it lightly. Because all the big money goes to the QB, the WR's, DE's, RB's, CB's, LB's: Winning teams have great OL's & DL's, PERIOD!! Reality really hit me about this team during the New York game. When Cutler went down, I think it was Julius Thomas that stayed there & tried to see if he needed help. Not "ONE" Dolphin OL came to his defense. And it was a LATE HIT!!!!!!!!!!! Any other QB gets hit late and often a fight starts out. Not Miami. After watching that, I gave up on this team reality wise. I knew I would still support, cheer, watch, be a devoted fan. But I had no more thoughts on this......on the 2017 Miami Dolphins achieving anything.
TEAMS, NFL TEAMS that have losing records and not much to play for unless it's a contract year, become SPOILERS. AND they enjoy it, you can see it. But that is regulated for TEAMs! That's not what we have in Miami. Worse!! They are far from out of the playoffs in a normal year. These players that wear the same uniform, the Miami Dolphins, they ain't going anywhere!