The Miami Dolphins haven’t been able to do much right in the past couple of decades.
But this tanking thing?
Sunday’s 59-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens was so complete that the score is misleading. If Lamar Jackson had stayed in for the fourth quarter, the Ravens were headed to the 70s. As it was, this was the highest score by a Dolphins opponent in a regular season contest in the franchise’s increasingly ignominious history.
And here’s the thing: it can and will get worse.
The Dolphins — what’s wrong with Minkah Fitzpatrick — couldn’t handle the Ravens’ pedestrian receivers Sunday. Next Sunday? Tom Brady comes to town with Antonio Brown, Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman. And it’s not like there are lots of Dolphins young players with high upsides who will improve drastically as the season progresses.
So there’s a real chance this could be the worst non-expansion team in South Florida sports history.
Yes, the Miami Dolphins were 1-15 in 2007 under Cam “Thumbs This Way” Cameron.
But they were outscored on average only 27-17 per game.
The Panthers have been middling to bad for a while. But they’ve never been the equivalent of 1-15 or even 2-14 NFL bad.
So it’s just the 2007-08 Miami Heat (15-67 after Dwyane Wade and everyone else got hurt and the Heat raided the D-League roster) and the 1998 Florida Marlins (54-108 after H. Wayne Huizenga sold off a World Series winner).
This has the looks of something historic.
What will the Miami Dolphins do well this season? Throw? No. They can’t protect. Run? No. They can’t block. Tackle? That appears foreign to them. Cover? Ravens ran wild through the secondary.
And as it gets more and more hopeless, more veteran players will check out, interested only in their checks. More fans will stay home — tanking sounds better in principle than it feels in practice.
Prepare for the worst.
It’s what many of you wanted.
And the Dolphins will deliver.
— Five Reasons Sports Network (@5ReasonsSports) September 8, 2019