Opposite of Perfect; Dolphins Are Trying to Avoid Winless Season

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), November 16, 2007 | Go to article overview

Opposite of Perfect; Dolphins Are Trying to Avoid Winless Season


Byline: David Elfin, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

As the steamrolling New England Patriots threaten the 1972 Dolphins' status as the NFL's only perfect team, Miami's current team is heading toward a record at the opposite end of the spectrum.

No NFL team has gone 0-16. The expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers hold the mark with an 0-14 record in 1976, but after blowing a fourth-quarter lead last week against the visiting Buffalo Bills, Miami (0-9) is looking at remaining winless heading into December.

The Dolphins' next two games are at Philadelphia (4-5), which is riding high after rallying to win at Washington, and at Pittsburgh (7-2, 5-0 at home), which rebounded to beat red-hot Cleveland last week. The Eagles and the Steelers are simply better than the Dolphins.

Miami has scored at least 20 points only four times, and it surrendered 37, 31, 41 and 49 points in those games. The Dolphins allowed an average of 19.8 points in their other five games but scored an average of just 13.8.

Rookie coach Cam Cameron is on his third quarterback, rookie John Beck, after veteran Trent Green suffered a possible career-ending concussion and young backup Cleo Lemon struggled. With this year lost, Miami traded top receiver Chris Chambers to the Chargers for draft picks at the Oct. 19 deadline. That same week, running back Ronnie Brown, who was leading the league in yards from scrimmage, had season-ending knee surgery. And yesterday, Cameron decided troubled running back Ricky Williams, reinstated by the NFL on Wednesday after an 18-month drug suspension, could return to the field for his inexperienced offense starting Monday.

The defense, which kept Miami decent though not good enough to make the playoffs since 2001, has plunged from fourth last year to 20th. Cameron's housecleaning - which also negatively overhauled the special teams - hurt the line's depth. Perennial Pro Bowl middle linebacker Zach Thomas likely will miss a fifth straight game with migraines, and new outside linebacker Joey Porter hasn't been the playmaker he was in Pittsburgh. Coordinator Dom Capers' defense is also on its fifth starting strong safety.

What ultimately might make these Dolphins a team for the history books is that they don't have a player left from their 1998 to 2003 drafts. Trading picks in a constant mortgaging of the future has taken its toll with what will be a third double-digit losing season in the past four.

It's going to be a long road back for Miami, by which point Thomas, 34; sack king Jason Taylor, 33; and Porter, 30, all will be gone. The Dolphins' only true building block is third-year back Brown.

In the meantime, the goal is to avoid that 0-16 season. Of the seven teams to finish 1-15, only two have stayed winless longer than these Dolphins. San Diego won its 12th game in 2000, while New Orleans won its 15th game in 1980.

The Dolphins' best shot for a victory is the Dec. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Opposite of Perfect; Dolphins Are Trying to Avoid Winless Season
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.