It's been a while fellow Dolphins fans. Our Aqua & Orange team has graced the presence of the NFL playoffs just once since 2001, a game they were dominated by the Ravens in. And of course the last playoff win drought continues as well, from Y2K (remember that?) to 2014 & counting.
Next week we see two fellow teams with long playoff win droughts: The Bengals (1990) and Chiefs (1993). I'm fully expecting the Bengals to end theirs. If both teams win, that would leave just three teams with a longer drought than the Dolphins: Lions (1991), Browns (1994) & Bills (1995). This is the company our franchise keeps. It's scary that the Bengals have had a 23 year drought...that would be equivalent to the Dolphins not winning one until at least 2023. I'm not sure I'd be able to handle being a fan that long. Sadly its entirely possible they go another decade without one, we're nearly halfway there.
The only other major fall from grace for a formerly good franchise is probably the Chokeboys. They have a recent playoff win, but just that one since 1996. And well at least there's that...since misery loves company.
Where were you when Miami last won a playoff game? I wasn't even a teenager yet, so obiously I was watching in my room on one of those old big tube TVs, which I think had an N64 and Super Nintendo hooked up to it...just to date it even more.
And the manner in which this season ended just has me having flashbacks of 2002, since it was almost exactly the same. 2002: Dolphins get a huge win over Oakland to tie them for the top seed in the AFC. Lose to 3/4 win Vikings. Lose to Patriots after being up by 10 with 3 mins left in the game. Fail to make playoffs in a tiebreaker after they needed just one win. 2013: Huge win over Patriots. Put themselves in drivers seat for 6th seed. Lose two straight to teams with losing records, miss playoffs completely in a tiebreaker needing just one more win. We kept that staff from 2002, and the wheels completely fell off the franchise in 2004. Let's not make the same mistake this time around, this staff needs to go NOW.