Miami's loss against the Seattle Seahawks wasn't a reality check; far from it. In fact, there's much to be optimistic about after week 1 for the Miami Dolphins.
Let us remember. Miami were facing Russell Wilson, without a shadow of a doubt one of the best quarterbacks in the country right now. And guess what, it just so turns out the Seahawks also have one of the most fearsome defense's in the NFL right now, too.
So let's rewind...
The Dolphins could have won this game. Maybe they should have won this game. Perhaps it was the manner they lost this game, which has cast a doubt in many a fan's mind that this is the same old Dolphins team.
However, something tells me things have changed. Things have changed for the better.
Kenny Stills will be one of the first players to put his hands up and say that he should have made that catch in the first half. It should, not could, have been a touchdown. If Stills makes that catch, the game could have turned out differently.
And how about that defensive line? The line looked dominant all day long. Mario Williams and Cameron Wake looked in their prime, while Ndamukong Suh and Jason Jones caused problems all afternoon.
Perhaps Ryan Tannehill wasn't firing on all cylinders, but should the team legislate for dropped passes?
This team is better than 2015's class. Frustration aside, let's give the team a few more games until we decide the season is lost.
Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter@AlexParish89.