Our Dolphins went into the 4th quarter facing their toughest part of the schedule against 4 teams that could beat them and like the season Miami won against the two teams that was not headed to the playoffs (Patriots and Raiders) and lost against the two teams that are SB contenders (KC & Buffalo). It shows that even though Miami achieved a great deal going 10-6 they still lack sufficient talent to play against the top tier teams in the NFL. The loss against Buffalo 56-26 underscores that very point.
Despite ending the season with a stinker, I still give the Dolphins a solid B for the 2020 season, Miami started out the first quarter with a solid C+ based off of what I perceived to be the arrow pointing up! Even though we started off 1-4 I had seen enough to know that Miami was going to do well in 2020……
The 2nd quarter grade or Mid-Season grade was a B+ as Miami after a a 1-4 start Miami went 3-1 against the NFC West something I would have never believed looking at the schedule before the season started. I said in the report…
There are good reasons why as our Dolphins are one of the surprise “HOT TEAMS” in the NFL and when any of us had seen the Schedule before the season began who would have thought the Dolphins would go 3-1 against the NFC West? Not I!
In my 3rd quarter report Miami had reached 8-4 after by once again going 3-1 and had they beat Denver the Dolphins would have been in contention for the division title.
In my Third Quarter report I noted:
Kyle Van Noy, Emmanuel Ogbah, Byron Jones, Shaq Lawson, Ereck Flowers and Ted Karras, have all played well for Miami this year and rookies Austin Jackson, Robert Hunt, and Solomon Kindley have all played very well on the offensive line and Tua Tagovailoa is getting invaluable playing experience and even though his play is not where we would like it to be so far he has done th eone thing that really matters in helping the team win. He has thrown the ball 136 times for 898 yards and 7 TD’s and 0 INT’s!
On the defensive side of the ball rookies Raekwon Davis, Brandon Jones, and Noah Igbinoghene have all contributed in many ways this season. WR Malcolm Perry has also pitched in and contributed as well and rookie fifth-round pick Jason Strowbridge was used when DT Christian Wilkins was out due to covid. That’s 9 of the 11 rookies drafted (One was lost on waivers) this year that have contributed in some way!
Unfortunately, the last quarter which also was the toughest part of the schedule proved that Miami still has a lot of work to do to make the playoffs and if they want to reach the Super Bowl even more.
After the shellacking they received at the hands of the Bills I did not want them in the playoffs and was happy they ended the season on that bitter note because they will hopefully feed off that game and on the management side work to add the players (Especially on offense) they need to take this team to another level.
I am sure the way they ended the season really put a damper on what was otherwise a great 2020 season as nobody in their preseason projections had Miami winning 10 games and I refuse to let the last game of the season define our 2020 successful campaign and I look forward to the 2021 season.
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