Because of their reshuffled schedule, the Miami Dolphins arrived at their bye week after they disposed of their former head coach’s mess of a team.
And it was a shame, really, that the bye had to come after the 24-0 whooping of Adam Gase’s Jets, which followed an equally convincing victory at San Francisco because the Dolphins most definitely were on a roll as they left Hard Rock Stadium on the evening of Oct. 18.
The Dolphins arrived at their bye with a 3-3 record and, believe it or not, ahead of the New England Patriots in the AFC East.
But more than that, it’s the way the Dolphins progressed through those first six weeks that was the biggest reason for optimism.
Put simply, this is a team that absolutely looked to be on the rise.
To the point that, yes, it’s actually OK to start thinking and talking about the “p” word.
Now, we’ll understand if some — even many — pull a Jim Mora and start going, “Playoffs? Playoffs?”
But let’s examine the facts.
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List of needs no longer imposing
With the regular season rapidly winding down, the needs of this team moving forward are pretty obvious, aren’t they?
The last playoff win
Perhaps for some Dolphins fans it seems like just yesterday. For others, it might seem like an entire generation ago.
Jones, Sanders, Baker's big play
Cornerback Byron Jones made quite an impact on the field in his first season with the Dolphins, but he also was recognized for his off-the-field work.
HOWARD'S FINEST HOUR
How and why the Dolphins cornerback ‘kept balling’ in 2020
Another major step forward
The 2020 season will end up being viewed as an undeniable success for the Dolphins, no matter the outcome of the final two games
Team is now fun — and good
The Dolphins have been playing an ultra-aggressive style of defense, and it just might lead the way to a playoff appearance in 2020
Smart moves paying big dividends
As each week of this season passes, the Dolphins’ 2020 offseason is looking better and better.
Many happy returns with Jakeem Grant
You know what’s scary about Jakeem Grant? He’ll swear to you we still haven’t seen him run at full speed. “Got another gear left,” he says with that child-like smile.
TALES ABOUT TUA
Breaking down the start of Tagovailoa’s NFL career from all angles
In-Season QB Changes
When the Dolphins made the switch from veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to rookie first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa during the bye week, it marked the seventh time in franchise history the team made an in-season quarterback change for non-injury reasons.
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HOW ONE PERSON SEES THROUGH SOUND
HOWARD STERN UNMASKED!
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The Battle Over Salt
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Seattle’s vibrant setting brims with vitality and tranquility.
A legacy of IFR flight training
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ALBUM GUIDE - FOR TURTLES FANS
UNDER THEIR FLOEDCO BANNER, VOCALISTS MARK VOLMAN AND HOWARD KAYLAN HAVE OVERSEEN THE VINYL REISSUE OF THE SIX ORIGINAL TURTLES LPS. VOLMAN TOOK THE TIME TO DESCRIBE EACH ALBUM IN DETAIL.
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FOR MILLIONS OF BRITONS, March 24 will be remembered as the lockdown moment when they either lost their job or were told not to come back to work for months. For Andy Howard, it was the day his workload doubled.
Is there any sight more uplifting?
PLAN STUDY: Annabelle Skiff
Standing around after boating on the local pond, I suggested to my friend, the remarkable Paul Helbert, that I thought he would be better served by yet another boat—specifically, the “10' Rowing and Sailing Dinghy” designed by Howard Chapelle. I would modify Chapelle’s hull for skin-on-frame construction, and Paul would build the prototype. Paul could, for a minimal investment in both time and money, have a sailboat that would be lightweight enough to car-top, yet still had room for a passenger. More importantly, the boat promised jaunty performance as well.