What better way to end it all and leave fans excited for a new year.
New Years Day is the beginning of resolutions, a fresh start, healing wounds and expanding on prior successes. After an 0-7 start, the Miami Dolphins finished the season 6-3 with a close win against the New York Jets, sending longtime pass rusher Jason Taylor into the sunset with a win against the ‘Fins most hated rival.
There cannot be a better finish to the season than ending the playoff prospects of the Jets. Rex Ryan is a bumbling loudmouth, QB Mark Sanchez is treading the thin line into bust territory, and while the future looks bright for the Dolphins despite losing out on a realistic top flight quarterback in the draft, Miami fans have a lot to look forward to in 2012.
Besides the obvious fact that the ‘Fins could not have had a better ending to the season, plunging the playoff blade into the hearts of millions of New Yorkers, but there are existing pieces on this team that show that Miami can succeed without a player like Andrew Luck or Matt Barkley.
The Dolphins have a complete defense that got their feet under them halfway through the season. The cornerbacks, led by incumbent superstar Vontae Davis, are ravenous for the football, and OLB Cameron Wake has a complement on the defensive line with emerging quarterback crusher Jared Odrick, however there are concerns as to shoring up the defensive line with the possibility of losing NT Paul Soliai and DE Kendall Langford.
Besides his numerous drops, WR Brandon Marshall did his typical work, around 100 catches, 1000 yards, a number of touchdowns and several punished defensive backs. RB Reggie Bush had a terrific year, finally showing his value as the number two overall pick in his draft year, and now the Dolphins are a quarterback and a free safety away from a wild card showing.
With so many solid players at their positions – one of the deepest front sevens in football, a solid halfback, a great top corner, number one receiver, and a right tackle away from an elite offensive line, the ‘Fins would be wise to pick smart and use their draft wisely, as they are only a few numbers away from a terrific season in 2012.