The Dolphin Report

By Ron Poltorack

Post archive for ‘2005’

PATSIES NO MORE

The season may have ended Sunday for the Fins as they beat the Patriots in Foxboro, but an encouraging first season for Coach Nick Saban has Dolfans looking to the future with a new sense of optimism. Of course, it was mostly second-string Pats that the Fins beat, but who wants to read a negative-spin [...]

A MEANINGFUL MEANINGLESS WIN

There’s nothing like a five-game winning streak to give meaning to a fifth straight season without making the playoffs when an exciting new coach is leading the team in a new direction. And that is precisely what is making Dolfans everywhere smile, even when their team is out of the playoffs. Before a preseason-like crowd [...]

GETTING KNOCKED OUT OF THE PLAYOFFS AND FEELING GOOD

On a day that the Dolphins were officially knocked out of the playoff picture there was still reason to cheer. They beat the J-E-T-S. It may not have been easy, but the Dolphins sent the Jets to a perfect 0-8 road record for the season by a score of 24-20. Moreover, moments after the game [...]

DOLPHINS NOW A SECOND-HALF TEAM

Two straight second-half come-from-behind wins (in this the second half of the season) have given the Dolphins a three-game winning streak. No late season swoon here. No West Coast difficulties either, as the Fins have two California wins in the last three weeks. This time it was a big upset against the San Diego Chargers. [...]

A WILD AND MEANINGLESS DIVISION WIN

The Dolphins’ first division win of the season was a wild one for sure. Imagine giving up three first quarter touchdowns to the lowly Bills, scoring but one field goal in the first three quarters, giving up a third quarter safety and still coming away with a win. It had to be the wildest win [...]

A MEANINGLESS WIN

Don’t let the headline fool you. This writer is not about to start complaining about a win, especially a road win without Zach and Junior. It’s nice to see a win, really, it is. But it has no meaning when it takes you (and your opponent) to 4-7. And that’s a simple fact, not a [...]

THE GHOSTS OF SEASONS’ PAST

In a game reminiscent of last season’s debacle, the Dolphins were once again bitten by a ghost of seasons’ past. This ghost was named Reuben Droughns, now one of the leading running backs in the NFL, but previously a member of the Dolphins’ developmental squad. Droughns took his first carry of the day (on the [...]

GROUNDHOG DAY AT DOLPHINS STADIUM

Wasn’t it just last week the Dolphins, down by 7 points, were moving the ball in the red zone against the Falcons in the last two minutes of regulation when Offensive Coordinator Scott Linehan’s play-calling started to resemble something out of the Twilight Zone? New week, different opponent, same result. It really looked like a [...]

“CANTON” DAN VS.“CAN’T PASS” GUS

The story of Sunday is about the dichotomy between “Canton” Dan and “Can’t Pass” Gus. On the one hand, was the well-deserved halftime tribute to Hall of Famer Dan Marino. On the other hand, there was Frerotte’s inability to do that which Danny made a name for himself doing for 17 wondrous years. It’s unfortunate, [...]

AIN’T NO PLACE LIKE BACK HOME, NICK

Life was good for Nick Saban when he returned to the friendly confines of Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Sunday. The friendly signs welcoming him back to (and urging him to return to) LSU were as plentiful as the signs asking the Saints to stay in Louisiana. And having the ‘aints to play wasn’t [...]

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