The first quarter of the season is over for the Miami Dolphins and we are officially in Bizarro World. Remember when this defense was supposed to be a gigantic liability due to injuries and question marks? Well, they currently rank 4th in points allowed, 8th in yards allowed, and have held future Hall of Famers Philip Rivers and Drew Brees in check (for the most part). If not for excessive time on the field I imagine the numbers could be better. And recall the Preseason optimism of reuniting Adam Gase with uber talented Jay Cutler that would unleash this offense? They rank dead last in both points and yards, and Cutler’s performance has been the least inspiring QB display since Cam Cameron had the offense “failing forward” in 2007. Jay Ajayi does not even have a rushing TD at this point! This is Bizarro World!
The good news is that the first quarter of the season tends to create false optimism and overly dramatic dread for a lot of fans. How often have we seen premature MVP talk for certain players only to have them fall flat once opponents get a read on them. Lets harken back to the 2013 Miami Dolphins who twice fooled us into thinking they were contenders. After a 3-0 start, with impressive victories over Indianapolis and Atlanta, many thought this team had arrived. Ryan Tannehill was an early MVP candidate, Joe Philbin’s offense was taking shape and all of the shiny, new free agent pieces appeared to be great fits. Then they were smacked in the mouth by the New Orleans Saints on Monday Night Football. No biggie right? Every young team needs a wake up call, right? Including the …read more