Well, here we are, talking about the start of a regular season we weren’t so sure at one point was going to happen, that we’re still not 100 percent certain will reach its conclusion.
Yep, these are are strange times, and they have made everything about this 2020 season feel different.
And that sure applies when it comes to trying to predict what’s going to happen.
It truly is an almost impossible exercise simply because there are too many variables at play, pretty much all of them related to the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
But that’s not going to stop NFL writers from making those fearless forecasts because, well, that’s what NFL writers do.
So what’s the prediction when it comes to the Miami Dolphins?
We can start off by saying they’re a better team than they were in 2019, not that that represents a great revelation.
In terms of personnel, let’s just say the first team that Brian Flores coached in Miami was a little talent deficient. OK, it was a lot talent-deficient.
The 2020 edition? It’s at least competitive, thanks to the vast number of offseason acquisitions that addressed most positions.
But how much elite talent do the Dolphins really have?
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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.