Posted: 8/23/2012 4:43:06 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by howzuck:
Earthwake, no offense, but how often does a rookie QB and 1st year coach finish at or above .500? I appreciate your insights and agree they are more informative than my simple statement. I only think they have the slightest chance of reaching 7 wins because they have a very soft schedule - I think the Jets will be a mess this year so they could split, but probably still only go 1-5 in division. Yes, I do think they COULD get to 7-9 getting every break and bounce, but that would be the upper limit, and I'm not completely sold on that close game theory.
I think they will split the Jets, lose both to the Pats and split the Bills. They were 2-0 vs the Bills last year so I don't think it is out of the realm of possibility for them to win atleast 1.
As for close games, the NFL is full of them. Their is no excuses for not winning close games but I feel this shows that Miami is not the laughing stock that many average NFL fans think. They played some really tough teams well on the road. I just feel that 7-9 is do-able because of their solid D, solid run game and underated O-line. We will see though.
@shiv - I will definitely read that article. Of those 7 'close games' five come to mind off the top of my head.
- Up 15-0 vs Denver will 4 minutes left (loss)
- Allow the Browns an 80 yard TD drive in the final minutes to trail by 1. They then took the following kick-off to the 50 yard line and couldnt get in FG range.
- Up 19-17 vs Dallas with the ball in the final minutes, can't hold on and lose by 1. (Funnest Dolphins loss I've ever watched though)
- Eli Manning to Cruz who breaks 14 tackles and scores on a 25 yard TD in the final minutes to cap a G-men comeback
- Finally, up 17-0 at NE, obviously blow it and lose by 3 late.
Extremely tough losses, all of those games could have gone either way. Some of the blame lays on the shoulder of Sparano and his need for FGs. I really like Philbins no-nonsense attitude much more than the RA-RA personality of Sparano