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Are the Dolphins close to Saints, Colts? No!

In the aftermath of Super Bowl XLIV, I cannot tell you how many times I've heard this phrase: The Dolphins aren't that far off from winning a Super Bowl. They played both New Orleans and Indianapolis well and should have beaten them. So they're close.

The logic apparently follows that since the Dolphins lost to Indianapolis 27-23 the second week of the season, then lost to New Orleans 46-34 on Oct. 25th, Miami is close to being pretty good because those two teams are obviously championship caliber.

And it's not just fans seeing the Dolphins through this prism.

"I think we're close," Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown said on his Ronnie Brown radio show on 560-WQAM this week. "I think we have a lot of the right pieces to the puzzle. I think we still have a few things we need to tweak and get better at. But as a team, we're pretty close.

"We played both those teams this year and, to our credit, we were in the games and had an opportunity to win both of those games. So that says, as a team, we're close. But there are a few pieces to the puzzle we've got left."

Now, you're not going to like this so if you're not in the mood for an honest dose of reality, simply stop reading now. That way you'll go on about the rest of your day thinking your team is close to being Super Bowl-caliber because it hung tough with the two Super Bowl teams.

The rest of you, read on.

The Dolphins are nowhere near close to the Saints or the Colts.

Some facts:

NFL teams are judged by what they do through an entire season, not by what they do in one game. And during the 2009 regular season, the Colts were 14-2 while the Saints were 13-3. The Dolphins were 7-9. So Indy won twice as many games as Miami while the Saints almost accomplished the feat.

Both the Saints and Colts won their respective divisions and were No. 1 seeds in the playoffs. The Dolphins finished third in the AFC East and didn't make the playoffs

The Dolphins aren't close.

Any logic that suggests one team is comparable to another based on the outcome of one game must be uniform. So anyone saying the Dolphins are close to the Saints because they almost beat the Saints, must then have to keep a straight face as they say the Washington Redskins are close to being as good as the Saints. The Redskins, after all, lost to New Orleans by a 33-30 score on Dec. 6th. And yes, the Saints played everyone in that game and did everything they could to win.

So do you think the Redskins are close to the Saints?

Taking the argument one step further, if you think the Dolphins are close to the Super Bowl champions based on playing them close in one game, you must also believe the Tampa Bay Bucs are better than the champs. Yes, Tampa Bay beat New Orleans 20-17 on Dec. 27th.

And you cannot argue the Saints gave up in that game because Drew Brees completed 32 of 37 passes for 258 yards with 1 TD. He completed 10 more passes against Tampa than he did against Miami. But the Bucs won.

So do you think Tampa Bay fans are foolish enough to believe they're close to being as good or better than New Orleans?

The Dolphins aren't close.

Finally, of course, there's the empirical argument against the Dolphins: The Saints have better players. And more of them. The Colts have better players. And more of them. That cannot be disputed by any right-thinking NFL fan or player.

Tell me ... what player on the Dolphins offense rises to the level of a Drew Brees or Peyton Manning? Let me answer -- none.

What receiver on the Dolphins could start for the Saints or Colts? Let me answer -- none.

What defender on the Dolphins makes as many game-changing plays as either Indy's Dwight Freeney or Who Dat's Darren Sharper? Let me answer -- none.

The Saints had seven Pro Bowl players in 2009. The Colts had seven Pro Bowl players in 2009. The Dolphins had three -- Yeremiah Bell, Dan Carpenter and Jake Long.

Long didn't play because of injury. Bell got on the team because Indy's Antoine Bethea was in the Super Bowl. And Carpenter played because Nate Kaeding injured himself the first day of practice.

So both Super Bowl teams have more than twice as many Pro Bowl players as Miami, even when we all know the reason the Dolphins had three was due to extenuating circumstances.

The Dolphins aren't close.

And it pains me to hear Dolfans saying they are close to the Saints and Colts because it suggests they're not being realistic. Or just don't know what they're talking about.

[I'm off the rest of the week but if anything happens, I'll update you on twitter. So follow me.] 

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I love this Blog.....

LOL @ chris.

Carlito , yes he did . he was stop the madness in blue and so were you LOL !

Carlito , wait i'm wrong he did 't have one in blue until " steal this nj " but somebody else was him in blue anyway. so it can be done.

Was that You Carlito?

Ms Payne, it's nice to have an opinion but ur opinion flies in the face of facts...the fact is the Dolphins had THE TOUGHEST schedule in the league last year..that is according to the NFL that's not my opinion, that was FACT...

I only post in black. Is there an upgrade available to green or red?

maybe they are set up in with that user name on twitter or facebook and they are using that name to sign in?

That kind of sucks if you can have up to 3 guys with the same name in blue - defeats the purpose of just singing in..

They should post your IP address for all to see! Although, NJ would probably get cyber attacked or pinged into submission by his stalkers lol

lmao - you know, a few people on here have stalkers, but the ones that go after NJ are so persistent.. it is amusing to see.. too bad they didn't apply the same work ethic to other parts of their lives!

NJ,

You were wrong????????

Only blue Joe.

OK guys the menace is on the blog, Who's leading "THE BUFFOON POST OF THE DAY"???

Lips, Way to put it....

Only NJ knows CM....

The Dolphins schedule for 2010 is ranked 16th in the league..10 wins is certainly not out of the question

I like it B12.

"I follow no one"

-Serge Storms

Lmao @ lips. it's pretty sad and pathetic but i think it's hilarious.

wow

NJ, Who's leading???? And hows the snow??? LOL :)

Like it Joe.

Holy Sh*t!!! Did I just enter the freakin’ twilight zone?

NJ stated he was wrong @ 6:08 PM :)

And I checked, it wasn’t his stalker. You can click on the name and for the real NJ it will go to his type pad account.

So what do you think NJ? Should I change my name to I AM ALMOST ALWAYS...

j/k buddy :)

This blog gets more self serving everyday

Lips , imagine some buffoon sitting naked in front of his computer in mommy's basement typing "typo " all day long on this blog. LMFAO !!! Now that's Funny but also sad. And to top it off he homeschools his poor son. dunb and stupid is no way to live life.

Wow, The Giants cut Antonio Pierce, now that is a suprise to me!!!

LM FAO !! C'mon guys give me a break. like mando said i'm in the 99% percentile. Once in a blue moon , i might be wrong.

Po, you like Serge?

For those non-Floridians, Serge is the main character in Tim Dorsey's novels. Dorsey might be even better than Hiassen....Carl Hiaasen, Miami Herald, you might have heard about him.

lol, I didn`t need that image NJ - but I guess that answers my question.. to eat before I go to the gym or wait until after... since my appetite is now gone, it will have to wait!

later dudes..

"Fat dumb and stupid is no way to go through life son" Dean,Vernon Wormer, Animal house..

I'm always , yes you need to change your name and thanks for clarifying who i am . All one has to do is click my name in blue and you will see my account.

Just giving you grief bro. LMAO

NJ, what are they saying up there about Pierce being cut??? I'm really suprised

Just like the thought Joe.

Hey Ardumbo,

Do you realize the 2008 Saints finished 7-9 JUST LIKE the 2009 Dolphins? Ya... They are SO far away...

Things change drastically year to year in the NFL. You are just making another "controversial" story out of nothing to get more traffic. We can see right through you.

Menace , that right about animal house and F U about your weather inquires. if you must now it was sunny all day and the snow is melting. The winner will be announced tonight. I'm out til later,

Cocoajoe, Serge is one of my fav characters in any book i've ever read. A hilarious serial killer. Really clever writing by Dorsey.

Later my sweetie , Misty .

Bobbyd12, why are suprised about pierce ?? He's in his mid 30's , was making alot of money and missed the whole year with a bulging disk in his neck that could be career threatning. I'm out.

Boontang, he was just up here in Cocoa Beach. Autographed new book, Gator A Go-Go. Really funny guy. I find myself a lot like Serge, is that wrong?

CoCo, Serial killers are becoming more acceptable in the media, ever seen"Dexter"???

Cuban, haven't seen "Dexter".

Serge is a "Florida Phile". He tours the state documenting the Florida we all love and is slowly slipping away. And if the bad guys get in the way......

Would the dolphins ever consider aquiring antonio pierce

Cocoajoe, Serge is inside all of us I think. He says what we usually keep to ourselves. Dorsey is great in his writing, and very creative with bringing everything together.

Joe, Gotta pick up a book for the flight back home, I'll check out Boarders to see if they have that arthor...

time for talking crab meat .

Cuban, I think those books would be right up your alley. You will laugh out loud a few times in your flight. dorsey is basically a historian of Florida, and he incorporates the state into all of his writing.

cuban doesn't talke a flight ,he walks .

Aloco, I Also use rafts.....

what's good for dinner ? my girl friend wants to cook a duck and i told her it's late .let's go w/ the meatball sub .

Far away from those two teams for sure, No legit TE, A black hole up the defensive middle, average recievers, we need a lot of help.

Ok guys see you all tommarrow, Have a "PHINTASTIC" NITE....

I got a kick out of the guy that posted, "ALL we need is a star QB, 2 new RBs, a star WR, a game changing DB, a dominating LB ! ? !"... and a partridge in a pair tree! Don't you think we should just make a trade? How about the Dolphins for the Saints?! ;-)

I don't believe we're REALLY close... But we're certainly NOT far!

I agree with Armondo - that you can't judge a team based on 1 or 2 games. duh! But it IS reason for guarded optimism don't cha' think? You MUST look at the big picture... so let's do that here!


THE TANGIBLES:
There are 3 things within our direct control that we need to do this off season to become 'contenders'.

No.1) Get our KEY injured players back to 100%. This is believable as none of the injuries were career threatening unless you count Pennington. (NOTE: Farewell Chad! You served us well. Brought our QB along getting him ready for the big time, and you while you were at it... you beat those stinkin' Jets in their house to win the division 2 years ago. That was just SWEET!)

No.2) Hit on 3 or 4 players in the draft that address at least 2 or 3 of our 3 or 4 concerns. The Fin's brass has proven that they can pick up 3-4 starters in the draft. Can they do it again? I think (hope) so! But know that it's easier when you've to 9 needs to fill (after a 1-15 season) and you only need to pick the best player available. It gets tougher when you've got only 4 or 5 needs to fill and you have to hit on those specific positions.

No.3) Round it all out with 1 free agent acquisition that addresses the final need that we could not fill in the draft. Hitting on 2 free agents is asking a bit much but not out of the question.

If these things happen, and it's not so crazy to believe they could, I believe that our 7-9 turns into 10-6 in a hurry.


THE INTANGIBLES:
Things we don't have direct control over.

Toss in a little of that ellusive GOOD LUCK that EVERY playoff team needs (see Jets-Colts in Dec. / schedule / injuries / good calls etc.) and we'll be legitimately staring at 11 or even 12 wins!!! At that point, you're talking about a 1st round bye where ANYTHING can happen!


THE DIVISION:

1) Buffalo: well - this year? Not so much.

2) Patriots: I think their run as come to an end but NEVER count them out. They'll ALWAYS be tough while they have Brady.

3) Jets: If not for the Colts tanking that game in Dec., the stinkin' Jets don't even make the playoffs. Though we have to give them credit for the Chargers win. The Fins have beaten them 3 times in a row - 2 in their house! 1 to win the AFC East! Even if they're a better team on paper (which remains to be seen), the Fins match up very well with them, and now... we've got their number! he-he-he ;-)

I think that a 5-1 division record is within our grasp and that the AFC East is ripe for the taking (I hope).

BUT... there's a lot of IF's attached to that HOPE... which is no different that any other NFL team (except for maybe the 2 teams that played last weekend). So... in the words of the great Tony Sparano... "WHY NOT US!?"


LET'S GO FINS!!!


PS can we all stop swearing and insulting each other. Ya'll look pretty silly when you argue with a computer. It's just football... chillax people! ;-)

mike , that was good

Wow Mando

You seem pretty upset!! Look I think overall is what most folks are talking about!! No we didn't have a 14-2 record but at the start of the season we were in games but NO playmaking WR!!! Late in the season NO play maker on defense!! So people are always judging using hindsight!! Hindsight tells us had we got a playmaking WR and kept R.Hill and A.Goodman we would've made the playoffs!!! Stop hating on those folks parade cause on ANY GIVEN SUNDAY a mediocore team like the Phins can easily slip into the big game!!! ...............Anyone remeber the ARIZONA CARDINALS??!?!?!?!?

I agree Aloco, Good post Mike.

po, people writes all the stuff that we all know and think they say some thing new .

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True True....

Pulp Fiction Censored is not the same.

This will piss a few people off but...

Raise your own damn rug rats and let me watch good movies uncut!

If you can't deal with the base material of a movie don't watch it!

I Hate I have to suffer because you are to lazy to raise your own damn children!

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