The Miami Dolphins are on one of the most needed bye weeks probably in the league, with an Injury report of about 21 players just last week. Through all of that the team is still 5-5, with some type of pulse in the playoff conversation.
With rest, and an extra week to prepare for their road trip to Indy to meet a hot Colts team which, could be the start of run that could have people wondering how?
I’m going to get this out of the way and say it now, that I think the dolphins should be shooting for the best draft position they can get, because a good draft that brings players that can fit the scheme in their first year can really have this team where it needs to be to get out of mediocrity.
Getting that out of the way, let’s get back to 2018. Ryan Tannehill should be back in the starting line-up next week, and once again have Dolphins fans grateful he’s back. Gase can now open the playbook back up thanks to Tannehill’s mobility back as an extra dimension.
After the Colts, the Dolphins return home to play the Bills, and Patriots in pivotal Division games to keep hope alive in the bigger picture.
Then they finish with a road game against the Vikings, then back at home against the struggling Jaguars, then top off the season with a most likely snow game in Buffalo.
The 2018 Dolphins are one of the most puzzling teams in the league, because statistically they are the bottom of the rankings (28th Offense, 26th Defense) but on any giving Sunday, this team can beat anyone if they don’t beat themselves.
The Defense gives up yards, but is ranked 2nd in the league when it comes to interceptions, so they are opportunistic, and give the offense plenty of chances during the game. It’s the other side of the ball that has lost it’s confidence.
Injuries have really derailed the early success of the season on offense, but let’s not forget how Adam Gase rallied his troops in 2016, to lead his team to a playoff game against Pittsburgh.
That 2016 team went on a 9-game winning streak of course, but had the one the worst defenses in the league, and had to win the last two out of four games with back up Matt Moore, as the Tannehill injury saga began.
A run like that only happens unless the team believes what the head coach is preaching.
Like I stated before, this team injury-stricken team is 5-5, and after yesterday’s action of games is in a five-way tie for the final wild card spot with the aforementioned Colts, Ravens, Bengals, and Titans.
Can Gase circle the wagons again, and actually lead his team on another winning streak with players coming back from injury, and healthy players getting rest for their aches, and bruises?
The odds are definitely not in their favor, but that’s what the game is played, because these Dolphins will play just like their coach in this final six-week stretch.
Tough, stubborn, and capable of doing something you never would see coming.
Just ask Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, and Jordan Phillips.