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drizze99
02-04-2009, 11:02 AM
We all know how well they did last season but looking at who they played during the season makes you think "not that tough".... Well in 2009 they will play the league's hardest schedule and we will get to see if they really are as good as their record showed last year.....

Dolphins will have NFL’s toughest schedule

By Edgar Thompson | Tuesday, February 3, 2009, 09:58 AM

LINK (http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/palmbeach/miamidolphins/entries/2009/02/03/dolphins_will_have_nfls_toughe.html?cxntfid=blogs_ inside_the_dolphins)

The Miami Dolphins’ improbable AFC East title and incredible turnaround will come with a price.

A season after they capitalized on one of the league’s softest schedules in 2008, the Dolphins will now face the toughest in 2009, according to figures presented by ESPN AFC East blogger Tim Graham.

The combined winning percentage of Dolphins’ opponents is an NFL-toughest .594 (152-104 combined record). The 13 teams the Dolphins will face have one fewer tie than the Carolina Panthers and one fewer win than the New England Patriots, who rank second and third, respectively.

The Dolphins not only will have a first-place schedule, but the AFC East also is matched with the AFC South and NFC South, which didn’t have a team with a losing record.

“We will have a tougher road this year,” coach Tony Sparano said this past weekend when asked about the team’s schedule.

But Sparano also noted that one never knows how opponents are actually going to turn out.

The Seattle Seahawks, for example, were expected to contend for the NFC West, not finish 4-12. It took the San Diego Chargers until December to get their act together, but not before the Dolphins beat them 17-10 on Oct. 5.

The Dolphins had the 27th-easiest actual schedule (118-138, .461), according to Graham.

But most of the opponents on the Dolphins’ last-place schedule were about what everyone expected, other than the Super Bowl runner-up Arizona Cardinals, who were a lot better and whipped Miami 31-10 in Week 2.

The Dolphins, who faced three playoff teams from 2007, now will face a first-place schedule, with matchups against six playoff teams, including the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.

Four of the Dolphins’ games will be on the road - at Tennessee, Atlanta, Carolina and San Diego.

Miami also will face New England coming off an 11-5 season with Tom Brady, becoming the first team since the ‘85 Broncos to win 11 games or more and miss the post-season.

Heading into the off-season, the Dolphins know they have a number of areas to address. If they don’t, last year’s 11-5 feel-good story could turn into a 6-10 or 7-9 reality check.

“It’s hard to tell. When you look at this whole thing down the road, I’m not sure where it will take us,” Sparano said. “But it’s our job to make sure the team is better and is as well-prepared as we can when we get out there.”

Sparano knows that earning a brutal schedule is part of the price of success. But there’s an even bigger benefit to winning.

“Right now, a couple of weeks into the off-season, the amount of communication I’ve had with some of our players is outstanding,” he said. “To see these guys, they’re itching to get back in the weight room. They’re calling you. They’re trying to contact you just to say, ‘Hi Coach, how you doing?’ I think that’s important.

“You don’t do that if finish 3-13. I’m not sure they’re that anxious to get back and get going.”

El-Gonzo Jackson
02-04-2009, 11:13 AM
The interesting thing will be how Pennington performs and if they give Chad Henne a shot. Expect the Dolphins to draft some skill players at LB, WR and DB this season.

Phil Simms said in an interview that Bill Parcells always builds a team the same way. He gets the big linemen first (Jake Long, Philip Merling, Kendall Lankford) and the following year he goes out and gets the skill players. With that formula, the Dolphins will be for real.

revefsreleets
02-04-2009, 11:16 AM
The Pats have a top 3 schedule in difficulty?

Can you say 8-8?

The Duke
02-04-2009, 12:06 PM
I can almost guarantee Henne will start at some point this season. Pennington won't last

Phil Simms said in an interview that Bill Parcells always builds a team the same way. He gets the big linemen first (Jake Long, Philip Merling, Kendall Lankford) and the following year he goes out and gets the skill players. With that formula, the Dolphins will be for real

True. Add having Justin Smiley and Donald thomas back and they can build a great offense to fight off that schedule

I really wish we would've drafted langford....

MACH1
02-04-2009, 12:55 PM
The Pats have a top 3 schedule in difficulty?

Can you say 8-8?

What, the media already has them winning the SuperBowl. :flap:

fansince'76
02-04-2009, 01:12 PM
2009 Dolphins = 2008 Browns.

AllD
02-04-2009, 02:16 PM
Dolphins are smoke and mirrors. Expect them to be the best of the worst or worst of the average, at best. They are rebuilding almost from scratch and will be competitive, but with new ownership, coaches, players, they will not go deep. Plus, they cannot win in cold weather which is anything under 60 degrees here.

steelreserve
02-04-2009, 03:18 PM
Yeah, as soon as Pennington hurts his shoulder again -- and he will -- they're set for a nice fat tailspin.

Until this year, the Dolphins hadn't had even a decent quarterback since Marino, and they only lucked into it this time because of the Brett Favre circus developing at the last minute. As soon as he goes down, they're probably screwed.

The Patriot
02-04-2009, 04:22 PM
Their little playoff run was so adorable.

devilsdancefloor
02-04-2009, 04:35 PM
2009 Dolphins = 2008 Browns.

yupp yuppppp yupppp agreed

drizze99
02-04-2009, 04:39 PM
2009 Dolphins = 2008 Browns.

thats what I think will happen

AllD
02-04-2009, 06:51 PM
When doofus traded Welker to a team within their own division and then sent Chambers to SD, they got rookies and bench warmers leftover. Yes, they overachieved in 2008, but unless they do something in the draft like the Steelers did in 1974, the media will hype them up and then turn on them after they choke in December.

St33lersguy
02-05-2009, 05:06 PM
Not to mention that the Dolphins squeaked by much of those games against easy opponents.

steelreserve
02-05-2009, 06:13 PM
When doofus traded Welker to a team within their own division and then sent Chambers to SD, they got rookies and bench warmers leftover.

Ugh, don't remind me about that. Because the only thing more annoying than Wes Welker, is Wes Welker on the Patriots.