For the past few years, some things in the NFL have remained true: The Falcons can't have back-to-back winning seasons ... The Detriot Lions will wait a long time for a good team ... The New England Patriots have become a very talented team. However, there is something else that has remained true: The Miami Dolphins just don't have the edge. What? The Miami Dolphins have a monkey on their back, and that monkey is making the playoffs.
In the same sense that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't produce in the playoffs, the talented Miami Dolphins can't make the playoffs. For a team with a star runningback, and an all-calibur defense, why is it that the Dolphins can't get over the hump? Well, that is hard to explain, but on thing is for sure: If the Dolphins don't produce this season, things will get really ugly in the city of Miami.
With the upcoming season approaching, the Miami Dolphins seemed to be prepared to contend with the other teams in the AFC. For a team that has been predicted to be SuperBowl contenders on so many occassions, this year can and honestly should be the year that they make the playoffs. The Dolphins still have problems at quarterback. The choice to obtain AJ Feely rather than wait on guys like Kerry Collins, Tim Couch, and Kurt Warner was a horrible move. AJ Feely has been doing poorly in the summer training, and is no where near the talent of the three quarterbacks I mentioned. The Dolphins added talented receiver David Boston to join Chris Chambers. Apparently Boston was slimmed down, however Boston has had personal problems with many teams, and has become a bit of a underachiever. Ricky Williams will continue to be the star that he has. The defense will be just as good as always. Even though the Dolphins lost Brock Marion, they have confidence that Reggie Howard can do a great job of replacing him.
While things look good on paper, there is always that intangible edge that the Dolphins don't possess and hopefully they won't be plagued by it again. Do the Dolphins finally have what it takes to get over the hump, or will they suffer another dissappointing season?