Remember when the Dolphins were going to win the AFC East?
Last night's Monday night football match-up between the Dolphins and Bucs could have aptly been dubbed the "2014 Implosion Bowl." When all was said and done, the game marked a high point of the season for one team, and rock bottom for the other. The past two weeks in the Dolphins bullying saga has made Tampa's internal conflicts from earlier in the season forgotten news.
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Actually, believe it or not, true rock bottom is probably yet to come for the Miami Dolphins, as the potential termination of GM Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin (less likely, but still possible) may be around the corner. This all coming from a team that was a trendy off-season pick to dethrone the Patriots from their AFC East throne, something that has become a given in the Brady/Belichick era.
The Fins impressed in the early going, beating the Colts and Falcons (at the time believed to be a contender) in their first two games. But it has been straight downhill from there. Since the Week 2 victory over Atlanta, Miami has dropped 4 of 5, the lone win coming last week in overtime against a Cincinatti team that also looks to be faltering.Miami appears well on their way to a 5 or 6 win season, along with a offseason that will likely be filled with further turmoil at the hands of Stephen Ross.
This past off-season, fresh off the Aaron Hernandez murder, "experts" predicted that without weapons on offense, the Patriots would lose the division crown to the Dolphins. ESPN the Magazine predicted Miami to finish 1st with a 10-6 record, with New England in 2nd at 9-7, winning just one of their road games on the season.
Easy to see why they get paid the big bucks over there.
Now the Dolphins are the epitome of a sinking ship, both on and off the field. Greg Schiano probably could have recorded a sack on Ryan Tannenill last night running through a line that has allowed the most sacks in the league this year and led the way to a grand total of 2 rushing yards on 14 attempts last night, highlighted by asafety on which Lavonte David strolled into the end-zone untouched to stuff Daniel Thomas.
The Incognito-Martin story is far from over, and there is still alot to be uncovered. What's clear now is that Incognito is a horrible human being, and putting him in a position of leadership and influence over other players was poor judgement by Miami's coaching staff and upper management.
There have been plenty of entertaining storylines this year in the NFL. But the sheer ineptitude of the AFC East outside of New England is the least surprising of them all.