I don’t understand how so many Dol-Fans are so upset. I understand that the Fins Divisional Playoff game was pretty ugly, quite possibly the worst loss of the year, but this is when you should be celebrating the amazing season the Dolphins had, not bitching and moaning about losing to a Baltimore team that nobody wants to play, including 1st round bye teams Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
Granted, the Fins play calling was questionable at best. I don’t understand why they would call so many plays where every receiver was going 15+ yards down the field against a Ravens team that you know will be blitzing and has amazing safeties (ahem…Ed Reed). But to blame Chad Pennington is not the answer. I can’t believe that people (including ex-Dolphin Keith Byers on local radio) were calling for Chad Henne to come into that game. Are you serious?
It’s very typical of the ‘Miami Sports Fan’ to completely turn on the ones who they had raised on their shoulders only days earlier. Without Chad Pennington, we would not have even sniffed the Playoffs, a Division Championship or even a .500 season.
The Dolphins have just had the single greatest turnaround season in NFL history. They have the NFL’s Comeback player of the year, a 2nd place finisher in the MVP and Coach of the Year awards.
They set a new NFL record for fewest turnovers in a 16-game season. They won all of their divisional road games, including a game at the Jets with the division on the line and countless sub-plots that would have distracted many teams. They also won 8 of their final 9 games (5 on the road) to complete the most improbable playoff run in Dolphins history.
Only a year ago this was a 1-win team. Going into this season, we would’ve been more then happy with an 8-8 finish. Remember the pre-season and how good it felt to win those meaningless games? I guess not…because people are now calling this season a disappointment.
Those are the same fans who will be all pumped up the next time the Dolphins make the playoffs or do anything significantly good. But when times are down, they are the first to lash out against ‘their’ team and chastise the efforts. Its ridiculous. I feel ashamed to share a city with these so-called fans.
I hope the true fans out there are smiling today. This was a remarkable season that should be remembered in the most positive of ways. The playoffs were just icing on the cake. To those other fans…why don’t you just root for the Patriots or some other team that you can count on being good every year? Me, I'll keep rooting for my hometown teams, going to half-empty stadiums and arenas and supporting them the same way, weather they are in first place or last. I know there are many of you out there who share the same opinion as I do, and I only wish we pass these values on to our children and hope that the next generation of Miami sports fans are better then the last one.