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Today's Dolphins looking as good as yesteryear

We know the Dolphins are playing very well the past two games. But did you know they are playing at a level that would rival some pretty good Dolphins teams of the past? Some playoff Dolphins teams?

It's true. Consider these facts:

FACT: The Dolphins have now defeated both teams that played in the AFC title game last season. The last time that happened was in 1998 when Miami beat both Pittsburgh and Denver after they played in the AFC title game the season before.

FACT: Chad Pennington's passer rating was 109.6 against San Diego, marking the second consecutive game his rating is over the century mark. The last time a Dolphins QB went consecutive games with a passer rating over 100 was in 2002 when Jay Fiedler did it against Detroit and Indianapolis. The Dolphins have gone through 10 starting quarterbacks between Fiedler and Pennington in those six years.

FACT: The Miami offense has gained 851 net yards the past two games. That is the highest two-game total for Miami since 1995, Don Shula's final year as head coach. Think about that.

FACT: The Dolphins had one penalty for 5 yards. That is the lowest amount of penalty yards by the team since 1998.

FACT: The 10 first downs Miami yielded is the fewest total allowed by the Dolphins since 2003.

I realize this doesn't mean the Dolphins should be looking toward the Super Bowl, as Justin Smiley suggested in my column following Sunday's victory over San Diego. But it definitely does speak of excellent things the team is doing that match accomplishment by past Miami teams that were playoff qualifiers.

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Fact: We are already 100 percent better than last year.
Fact: We are all starting to believe instead of waiting for something bad to happen the team is proactive in defending leads and aggressive in getting them.
Fact: Sparano is a great coach.
Fact: Something is caught in my keyboard and my c's aren't working very well.
Go Phins

Interesting stuff Mando, thanks. If you ever get the chance to speak to the Trifecta, could you inquire about their level of interest in or what they think of Michael Crabtree? I have a Man Crush on him and would love nothing more than for him and Henne to grow together into what could be an even more special offense. Roy Wlliams is also approaching free agency and I would love to know if he is a Trifecta-type guy. Keep up the good work man; you're the best.

Amazing what two wins will do to people's opinions.

What a nice change it is seeing a good product on the field. Makes going into work surrounded by Redskins fans here in VA alot nicer.

Its also good seeing Ronnie Brown prove alot of people wrong. I have read the comments for the past couple of years and very few people said many good things about him. Fact is, this guy can play. He is making an a pretty good case early on of being the best RB in the AFC East...maybe the AFC period (Sorry LT).

Mando,

Wins can change alot of things. But you writing a Position Blog tops it all. Its about freaking time!!!! Now the challenge is to stay position on back to back weeks!!

This team has considerable room for improvement which should wake up the NFL to this team's potential:

For ex, QB:

CP is the best QB we've had in 10 years. Very efficient and smart with everything but
3 of CP's incompletions were high to open receivers (2 to Camarillo and one to Ginn). Martin also made a great catch on a high throw. And, finally he threw to Camarillo for a 2 yd. completion when RB was wide open on a screen and would've gained 20+.

Chris S., don't you mean it's amazing what two CONVINCING wins can do for peoples opinions? Outstanding games.

It wont be long until the Dolphins are once again the team no one wants to face. This is a transition year but with one more draft and a continuation of the development we are seeing, the playoffs may be only a year away. Being a life long Dolphin fan living in New England, its good to know that order will be restored soon.OUTSTANDING

Question????? Have the Phins ever beat the Texans? They scare me. They always have trouble against them. I don't remember if they have ever beat them or when was the last time they did. Some teams just match up really good against other teams. Hopefully I didn't jinx them by righting this.

should say writing not righting. Sorry still pumped up about yesterdays game.

it was impressive!!
i liked our secondary when they broke several passes including one in the end zone but i also noticed we could get killed with those deep bombs, they need to get better at that. fortunately our rushing defense dont give the opposite QB enough time. sweet!

I was watching espn and tom jackson was calling the wild cat play,the wild hog and when one of the other guys called it wild cat,tom jackson laughed in a condisending manner,I don't think tom jackson likes the wild cat,he was a defensive player.
he being a def. player he ,I think would be the one to remember a def. play.I hate espn.

Ronnie Brown's should be named the wildcat..he was an auburn tiger too

Kind of discouraging to see you relating us to the downward spiral years, and calling them "pretty good teams"lol. OMG, you mean we finally found a replacement for Jay Fiedler? HUZZAH!!! We're SAVED!!

I am enjoying our new found success, but we still have to have a LITTLE perspective. Until we show our ability to change our habit of losing the little ones, and winning the big ones, I will continue to Cheer for our successes, while still contending that our final outcome will be between 5 and 9 victories. I really hope we do better, but guarded optimism for our future isn't out of line right now.

never have beaten Texans.

We have a dominating offensive and defensive line. I predict If we can muster the same intensity next week and beat Houston which we are 0 for 3 against, then we will go 9 and 7 and possible get a wild card berth.
CVS

I HAVE BEEN A HUGE DOLPHINS FAN ALL MY LIFE.GREAT WIN FINS GOOD JOB BRINGING IN BILL IN THE FRONT OFFICE.CP WAY TO MANAGE THE GAME.GO WILDCAT PLAY ROCK THEIR WORLD DOLPHINS.P.S. NO ROOM ON WAGON FOR FAIRWEATHER FANS I BELIEVE IN THE MIAMI DOLPHINS. JOE

I think the dolphins have a great chance of beating houston on the road due to the fact of how bad the texans are playing this year and how good the dolphins have been lately.
It'll be interesting to see Jake Long vs Mario Williams.
our secondary have stepped up big time!

We have never beaten the Texans, and you know they are really going to be chomping at the bit after their complete collapse last week. Will be interesting if ex-dolphin Rosenfels gets the start against his old team. I'll be honest, this game worries me a bit. Keep focused Dolphins, and take it to the Texans! Definitely moving in the right direction.

Texans game will be a tough challenge - Fins have never beaten Houston and at 0-3 are dangerous. Big wideouts can give the Fins fits. Fins showing they can rise to the challenge though - like their chances on the road especially if Sage starts. Schaub gives texans a better shot of winning.

typo... meant at 0-4 they're dangerous

I used to hate Chad Pennington when he was a Jet. I could never figure out how he kept beating the Dolphins. I would mock his weak arm. Fact is, he's a brilliant field general who is very accurate with his throws and extremely intelligent in his decision making. It's not a coincidence that he has the highest career completion percentage in NFL history.

You can tell I'm a long time Dolphins fan because I still can't pass up the opportunity to knock Sammie Smith (1989-1991). I still wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat remembering how Smith would take forever to run to the line of scrimmage, always waiting for perfect blocking and a perfect hole (which NEVER happen) before committing himself. SAMMIE!!!! JUST RUN!!!! MAKE SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING!! MOVE FORWARD!!! SAMMIE!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

At this point, my wife always wakes me and holds me and calms me down. I've thought about procuring professional help to end these night terrors, but the economy being what it is, I'll have to put that on hold.

Oh, and I really can't stand Jim Mandich's voice! When he says "ALRIGHT," I want him to suffer!

That's pretty much it. Other than that, I'm a well-balanced trial attorney.

Next two weeks will tell us a lot about this team. Neither is a "gimmie" obviously but both are winnable games. I would be dissapointed with 0-2, content (and expect) 1-1, and pleasantly surprised with 2-0.

Texans are winless but dangerous b/c their desperate and really should have beaten the Colts.

Baltimore's D seems better than ever but are starting a rookie QB on the road.

I love my Dolphins but...

FACT - Against the Chargers, we had our highest single game point total.

FACT - It was only 17 points.

FACT - We will need more than 17 points to win most games.

I love the way the D is starting to shut people down. Now we just need the O to start lighting people up.

I'm not looking to put a damper on the excitement over this win, but the way the Fins dominated they should have scored more than 17 points.

With that said, they did what they had to do on both sides to win, and that's all that matters.

I always get ripped on for saying this but I think Ronnie brown is currently the best back in football. People automatically deride that statement because ronnie has had such limited action and doesn't break big runs. But here are some supposed facts

1. Is there a better back in the NFL at converting 3rd and short? When its 4th and 1 or 3rd and 2 I think Ronnie is actually 100% since last. IMO that is the most important stat for an RB. Adrian peterson gets stuffed all the time and did nothing yesterday.

2. HE's gone for 100+ yards in the last 6 games he started. Remember, he didn't "start" the first 2 games of the season

3. He's an excellent reciever out of the backfield

4. Other than maybe brandon jacobs, what other RB does a better job finishing runs.

5.He almost never loses yards. Over 99% of his runs go for at least 3 yards or more. He never has negative plays

SO, basically, ronnie brown is a brilliant short yardage/power back who can catch passes out of the backfield.

People say adrian is better but look at minnesota's offense, it only works when AP breaks a long run. He's nowhere near as consistent as ronnie brown. The only RB that may be currently better is marion Barber

Apparently "LMAO" forgot about the 38 points we scored at New England??????
Not sure how a Fins fan could forget about that!

supprise me..but that fins..ya never know if its fish..or a shark..and was nice win...and if fish take texicans to lightly..they will get beat...what was it last time..beware of teams with losing records..you walk thru game and go home with tail between your legs..how many games have you seen where team with losing record kick some favorite team in back side..GO WILDCATS..

Hey Lucas, talkin' of Sammie Smith nightmares how about 1990 when he fumbled through the endzone two weeks running... argggg ... But I am speaking as a closet Mark Higgs fan... Ronnie Brown ... Different Class!!!

Nice stats in the article. Top to bottom gotta be impressed with the organization. Everyone knowing their roles and having the scope to contribute from position coaches (eg David Lee) through to the top. And Bill is sticking to his job and letting Tony do his... awesome way to run a team - professional top to bottom.

Big Banana skin next week... Texans will be tough and desperate and we may be over confident.

Go Fins!

Go Phins. It's great that the whole sunday after the charger beating, sports center barely covered our win, but if the chargers woulda won like all the "Experts" had picked on espn.com, except for Mortensen, he actually picked us to win, so yea if the chargers woulda won, they woulda showed it all night long, LT this and Phillip that and Chris chambers gets his old team. But they rarely did cover it cause believe me i try to catch every replay i can, and i only caught 1 from them every hour. And it was the same one

"LMAO" when you say "Fact" you should first do a a FACT CHECK.

Heres a Fact for Rick Offerdahl. Ronnie went to Auburn. The Wildcat comes from David Lee who ran it at Arkanas as the Wildhog. If you are free on a Saturday turn on the T.V. you might learn about college football which is where all these players you watch on Sunday come from. One other thing Daivd Lee was the Offensive Coordinator for the Razorbacks. Houston Nutt was the Head Coach. Teams have been calling Houston Nutt for advise on how to stop the Wildcat. Nutt's response was that he and Lee are good friends and he is now a Dolphins fan and would not be helping anyone learn how to defend the Wildcat.

I HAVE BEEN A FAN SINCE 1972

FINALLY A HEAD COACH HAS COME BACK TO MIAMI!! AND FINALLY SOME BRAINTRUST HAS COME BACK TO SOUTH FLORIDA!! THE DOLPHINS HAVEN'T HAD THIS SINCE 1995 AND THE YESTERYEARS PREVIOUS TO 1995 WHEN THE BEST EVER WALKED THE SIDELINES, COACH SHULA. HOW BOUT THESE DOLPHINS!! SORRY JIMMY JOHNSON.I KNOW IT'S ONLY TWO WINS IN A ROW BUT THIS YEARS TEAM IS SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT. THESE WERE THE TWO TEAMS IN THE AFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME LAST YEAR, AND WE BEAT THEM IN BACK TO BACK WEEKS. I AM REALLY IMPRESSED WITH TONY SPARANO.TOUGH AND A REAL CLASS ACT, KUDOS TO YOU COACH SPARANO,GREAT JOB!! IF YOU SMELLLLLLLLLLLLL WHAT PARCELLS AND COMPANY ARE COOKIN!!!!!!

I'm not buying into all the hype just yet. Yes the team has drastically improved and Sparano and Ireland should have a long tenure here as long as the w's keep coming in.

I will not however, buy this team as being anymore than a rebuilding project with budding prospects at many levels, but this is not a playoff team, we cannot forget those losses to the Cards and the Jets earlier this year. If Miami gets into a shootout with another team, then Miami will lose.

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