How much fun have the Miami Dolphins become in just one year?
Forget for a second about them being good and so insanely improved over last year — we’ll get to that later – but how enjoyable are they to watch as we head into the final stretch of the 2020 regular season.
You’ve got an offense that’s now led by the hotshot rookie quarterback who keeps making pinpointaccurate throws, often while on the move, and making things happen even when plays break down, even going so far as juking some of the best defenders in the NFL in the open field.
His name would be Tua Tagovailoa, in case you weren’t aware, and the early returns through his first three starts were really impressive even if he hadn’t yet thrown for at least 250 yards in a game.
What Tua was doing was making key plays at key moments and avoiding some of the really bad mistakes that have haunted the quarterback picked right after him in the 2020 NFL draft, Justin Herbert — though it’s only fair to point out that Tua had a couple of close calls.
And how much fun does DeVante Parker continue to be with his acrobatic catches down the sideline.
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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.
It was a season to remember. It was a season to forget. Either way, you look at it, it was the strangest of seasons for San Francisco that you will ever see. Looking back at the year that was to illustrate that point, The Niner Report has assembled the best, worst and most unconventional of the 49ers’ 2020 season.
TO BE DETERMINED…
49ers enter offseason with options at QB
TOP 8 Worst encore seasons
There have been plenty of tough acts to follow in the history of the 49ers franchise with a team that has five Super Bowl championships, seven Super Bowl visits, 16 trips to the NFC Championship game, and 27 playoff appearances. That kind of success has seen the 49ers enter many seasons over the years looking to take the next step to greatness or simply maintain it. That makes them fall and crash even worse when San Francisco failed to achieve those goals coming off triumphant seasons. The 2020 49ers know all about it, which lands them a place on this list of the worst encore seasons in franchise history.
SEASON IN REVIEW
Did somebody say Super Bowl hangover?
After building the 49ers into NFC champions with young talent during their first three years together — when San Francisco had a total of 40 rookies see action from 2017-2019 — the team’s leadership tandem of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan found themselves with considerably less draft capital at their disposal in the fourth year of their partnership.
GOOD MOVE OR BAD MOVE?
Revisiting 49ers’ 2020 personnel decisions
‘I've shown a glimpse of what I can do'
QUESTION SESSION WITH WR DENZEL MIMS
JC Deep Dive: Coaching candidates from college
On Nov. 27, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer caught the attention of Jets fans when he mentioned Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald as a possible candidate for Gang Green, if they make a coaching change.
Shoots from the hip
SEASON OF SAVINGS
If the Jets end up with the NFL’s worst record and land the first pick in the 2021 draft, there is a good chance they will select a quarterback.