The Dolphin Report

By Ron Poltorack

Post archive for ‘2008’

PATS FINISH OFF DOLPHINS’ SEASON

The Patriots not only beat the Dolphins on Sunday, but in so doing they also ended the Fins season. Now, 3 games behind the Division leading Patriots, the Fins’ chances of repeating as Division Champs have been reduced to bare mathematical possibilities. With the season now at its halfway point for the Fins, the key [...]

2008 WAS GREAT, BUT WHERE DO THE FINS GO FROM HERE

With the wonderful 2008 season now one week in the rear view mirror, it’s time to reflect on what steps are needed to take the Fins to the next level. Here’s an educated guess about what the Czarcells’ administration will try to accomplish before training camp this coming July. 1. Try to keep the management [...]

GIVING AWAY A TRULY HAPPY ENDING

Capping a week in which Chad Pennington was overlooked for the MVP award and Tony Sparano was overlooked for Coach of the Year honors, the Fins were uncharacteristically guilty of giving away a truly happy ending to this turn-around season. The QB that lead the team to play heads-up, record-setting, turnover-free football during the 16-game [...]

BYPASSING MEDIOCRITY EN ROUTE TO DIVISION TITLE

Somehow these Fins managed to bypass mediocrity in the rebuilding process from last season’s horrendous 1-15 record. They went from having the first pick in the 2008 NFL Draft to winning the 2008 AFC Eastern Division Title with a win over the hated Jets on Sunday. And for those not quite as obsessed with numbers [...]

BRING ON BRETT

With 10 wins under his belt in his first season guiding the Dolphins offense, Chad Pennington undoubtedly can’t wait for the season finale against Brett Favre and the Jets next Sunday in a game where the Fins will walk away with the AFC Eastern Division title by beating the Jets. The only cause for debate: [...]

WINNING IS A BEAUTIFUL THING, EVEN WHEN IT’S UGLY

Imagine the ugliness of a game in which one team loses time of possession 38:13 to 21:47, total yards 318 to 248, first downs 24 to 11, third down conversions 47% to 14%, and penalties 8 (for 66 yards) to 4 (for 22 yards) while being shut out in the second half. But with all [...]

FINS HAVE NEVER LOST TO THE BILLS (IN TORONTO)

In the first regular-season NFL game played in Toronto, the Fins beat the Bills 16-3, behind a sterling effort by the defense, that kept their division title hopes intact. The Dolphins D stifled the Bills offense the entire afternoon. In taking a 13-3 halftime lead, the Fins out-gained Buffalo 190-63 while holding the ball for [...]

PLUS SEVEN AND COUNTING

As compared to last season’s 0-12 at this juncture, this season’s 7-5 record is most pleasing for what it is: a plus-seven over last year. That is the perspective from which this year’s record must be measured. The disappointment of last week’s loss to the Pats that took the Fins out of serious playoff contention [...]

NOT THERE YET

In the first truly big game for the Dolphins in years, Dolfans were looking to see the Fins come of age. However, they are clearly not there yet. On this Sunday it was Tom Brady’s understudy, Matt Cassel, that came of age behind a Pat’s game plan that featured his arm. He threw for 400+ [...]

ANOTHER SUNDAY SURVIVAL

In a scene becoming all too familiar in this turnaround season, the Fins had yet another Sunday survival, this one coming against the Oakland Raiders. In a game that should have proven to be a whole lot easier, the Dolphins needed the 38-yard field goal coolly kicked with 00:38 left on the game clock by [...]

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