On the positive side, the Dolphins have played two crappy games in a row, and we’re due for a good one.
Although Joe Philbin won’t ever admit publicly that the Jaguars are a terrible team, the Dolphin players have alluded to it during this week. More than one player has mentioned how embarrassed and angry they are for losing to such an afterthought team like Jacksonville. Such anger could rile them up and raise their intensity.
The injuries that kept some starters out of the second half might be mended enough, We’re looking to see Brandon Albert and Cameron Wake back and playing the full game.
Last year, we began 1-1 as well and then 1-2, before we turned it around briefly in a game in London. Same exact scenario is possible this year.
We have home field, for once. Let’s hope for a vocal sellout.
Now for the negatives, and the discouraging and troublesome notes:
Think these fellows will be motivated to show Joe Philbin how wrong he was to get rid of them?
Rex Ryan can motivate with the best of them, and it shows. That Bills offense is somehow putting up big numbers with some pretty average players. We credit Ryan’s inspiration for at least part of that. His Bills WANT to do well for him.
The Dolphins faithful fans tend to be quiet and polite compared to the animals that show up to watch their teams in other stadiums. I can’t imagine the Miami crowd being as loud as the nutjobs in Buffalo last weekend, setting world records for stadium noise. A home team can feed on that, but in the Dolphins’ case, a home team is fed upon by the empty seats and pindrops you hear at Pro Player.
Joe Philbin has a terrible history of calling games against unknown, journeymen, and rookie QBs. Up this week is career backup Tyrod Taylor. Bad news for Miami, given Philbin’s track record.