Miami Dolphins Heading In Wrong Direction, Makes Us Smile

The AFC East will likely end up being a two team race this season between the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. For the past couple of seasons the Miami Dolphins have hung around but ultimately flamed out late in the season to finish at 7-9. It would seem this upcoming year they are closer to competing with the Buffalo Bills to stay out of last place than they are at coming near the Patriots or Jets.

Am I aware that the Dolphins have beat the Jets, three out of their last four meetings? Yes, it is one of the ugliest stats of the Rex Ryan era but hey in 2009 Ted Ginn Jr was solely responsible for both Miami wins and the Jets improved to a split last year with him gone. With the direction the Dolphins are moving and the direction the Jets are moving, I am calling for the sweep this year.

What direction is it that Miami is moving in? They flirted with hiring Jim Harbaugh long enough to be their head coach that made it clear they didn’t really want Tony Sparano back, but were then forced to bring him back. They then went on to make the same mistake with the quarterback position by flirting with Kyle Orton long enough to make it clear they weren’t confident in Chad Henne being their quarterback, and now they are stuck with him, as Dolphins fans chant “We Want Orton” everyday at training camp. I suppose they could always turn to Matt Moore, one of the few worse quarterbacking options in the league than Henne.

I can’t say I don’t think Reggie Bush could be a valuable player for them but it sounds like are expecting an awful lot out of a specialty back coming off an injury. They can talk up rookie Daniel Thomas all they want but the bottom line is that he is a rookie who had no work with any of the coaches all off-season up until now.

In the end, this is a positive trend for the Jets to have Miami move closer to being a 5-11 Buffalo type team instead of a team who hovers around .500, especially if the Jets can help our collective sanity by stopping the losses to an inferior Miami team.

They are a team stuck in limbo with a coach they don’t really want or a quarterback they don’t really want, which isn’t how competitive teams are built.

Author: Joe Caporoso

Joe Caporoso is the Owner and EIC of Turn On The Jets. His writing has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, MMQB and AdWeek. Caporoso played football his entire life, including four years at Muhlenberg as a wide receiver, where he was arguably the slowest receiver to ever start in school history. He is the VP of Social Media at Whistle Sports

  • Kenny Noisewater

    The dolphins have major QB issues, but so do the Jets. The Jets had a bad free agency period – long term deals to cromartie( clearly did not want to do this), Homes(1 joint away from a year long suspension), lost Brad Smith, their nickel corner, and did not address their biggest need in the pass rush.

    The Fins upgraded RB, LB, and bolstered the o line.

    2 years ago the jets D was number 1 and the Fins was near the bottom of the NFL. This year the Fins D should be top 5 in the league after an excellent top 10 finish last season. Trending in different directions? Which team is trending up? The stats and facts do not support your argument.

    Also mentioning embarrassing things that happen to the head coach has to be a wash at this point. And that’s being generous to the calf tatted footsy aficionado.

  • Joe Caporoso

    The Jets don’t have major QB issues. They have a QB who has 4 road playoff wins in his first two NFL seasons.

    Cromartie and Revis are arguably the best starting duo of CBs in the NFL.

    Holmes was behaved last year, I think he will be again. They replaced Drew Coleman with Donald Strickland. The pass rush will improve with a healthy Calvin Pace

    You say Dolphins “should” be top 5? Why? They were a 7-9 team last year. The Jets were #3 in the league last year, despite Revis, Pace, and Leonhard all missing time.

    Bottom line Jets went from 9-7 to 11-5. Dolphins went from 7-9 to 7-9. The jets have been to the AFC Championship Game the past two years. The Dolphins haven’t won a playoff game this since the millenium turned