What a finish, the 2011 Miami Dolphins are roaring to the finish line, not vice versa, with a screeching halt.
Not since Coach Tony Sparano and QB Chad Pennington took the AFC by storm in 2008 have the Dolphins played with this much vigor, talent, and vitality.
After another sound defeat of the AFC West leading Oakland Raiders the ‘Fins have come into the latter half of the season with a purpose, showing that QB Matt Moore deserves a shot on most NFL teams, and RB Reggie Bush indeed has the potential to run between the tackles, complementing his incredible jets and receiving ability. RB Daniel Thomas had a emergence of a game after numerous lackluster performances, as cries arise throughout Miami, Broward, and the Palm Beaches to salvage the season and keep Sparano and Moore under the wings in Miami.
Players like ILB Kevin Burnett, CB Vontae Davis, and so many others are rallying behind Coach Sparano, and where these players along with others had been local pariah’s on an 0-7 team, they now have the fans, their teammates, and some broadcasters behind them in full force.
Along with the push to redeem Sparano, QB Matt Moore is stating a case to at least be the full time starter next season. It looks like QB Chad Henne has worn out his welcome, and after a shaky game against the New York Jets thanks to some suspect defense by CB Darrelle Revis, Moore has settled in to find some great targets and make some excellent plays. Moore can move, and throw on the run, and despite having less arm strength than Henne, seems to progress through his reads better and make timelier deep throws, connecting on some long passes to WR Brandon Marshall and resurgent TE Anthony Fasano.
If both of these guys are in a different set of colors next season, let it be known that Sparano went out a winner, and Moore went down fighting. Moore at least deserves a shot at ushering in the next Dolphins quarterback with the experience he learned this season, and Sparano deserves a lesser job elsewhere, with that long shot to be a head coach and show a side to greatness.