Dolphins: A week 16 recap, and where do the Dolphins stand in the 2020 Draft?

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

On a day where the Miami Dolphins honored the NFL 100 greatest football team in history, the 1972 perfect season Dolphins, the Cincinnati Bengals came to town, sporting the worst record in the NFL this season.

The Dolphins looked to secure their 4th win of the season, starting strong, taking the opening drive 11 plays for 75 yards with Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick hitting defensive end, Christian Wilkins, for the 1-yard score.

The Dolphins would then go on to score on their next possession, which saw wide receiver Devante Parker earn his first-ever 1,000-yard receiving season. From there,  the Dolphins looked to be rolling to an easy win.

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NFL 100 honors the 1972 Dolphins team

Lisa
Lisa Johnson,
NFL Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

This Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will face the Cincinnati Bengals. Many Dolphins fans will concern themselves only with the outcome of the game and what draft position the Dolphins will eventually end with.

But to the older fans and former players, this game will have another meaning.

You see this Sunday, the Miami Dolphins will honor the “1972 Perfect Season Team” as part of the NFL 100 Greatest in a special halftime ceremony. Every player from the ’72 team will receive a special personalized golden football.

“It’s always special to be around the guys who came together to accomplish what no other team in the 100-year history of the NFL has ever done – the perfect season,” said Hall of Fame Head Coach Don Shula. “It’s only fitting as the League closes out this milestone season that the 1972 Dolphins are officially recognized with an honor that we always knew was true – that they are the greatest team in NFL history.”

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The new Ryan Tannehill?

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
NFC West / AFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When Ryan Tannehill was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2012 draft, fans were very excited. Then, after a few years, that excitement started to wear off as most thought Tannehill wasn’t living up to his promise.

Fast forward to 2019 and he is on a new team and playing fantastic football. The questions become; was the problem in Miami Tannehill’s ability, was it coaching, and what does the future hold for him?

Tannehill played for Miami for 7 seasons but missed 2017 due to injury. In that time, his best years came in 2014 and 2015 when he threw for over 4,000 yards a season. He was a consistently average quarterback, dependable, but not the star many thought he could be, leading the team to the playoffs just one time.

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The Dolphins aren’t looking ahead

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

Following Sunday’s defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles, one thing became very apparent: Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores remain focus on this year and this year only.

The Dolphins entered the Eagles game with a 2-9 record and are vying for the 2nd overall pick in 2020’s draft with the Washington Redskins and the New York Giants.

A lot of times in the NFL,  what the “experts” predict goes the opposite way, and this Dolphins season is a prime example of that fact.

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Week 11 AFC East matchup: Dolphins vs Bills preview

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

The Miami Dolphins are riding a two-game winning streak and about to face there in-division rival, the Buffalo Bills.

Dolphins head coach Brian Flores, who has always stayed committed to saying this team is being coached and rebuilt to win. There is no “tank” in this man’s mind what-so-ever. Never has been.

Being around Coach Flores after several games told me, without question, that all the tank talk was media-driven. He has made it clear time and time again that his goal is to win here…eventually. He knows how this process works, and right now you are seeing this first hand.

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AFC South takes an unexpected turn

Lisa Johnson
AFC South AFC East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @lj1303 

Heading into week 10, with the Texans and Jaguars on byes, the Tennessee Titans and Indianapolis Colts looked to try and gain ground on division-leading Houston Texans.

The Titans opened up week 10 against the Kanas City Chiefs, which saw the return of Chiefs MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

And he looked every part of that during the opening drive, going 6 of 8 and hitting tight end Travis Kelce for a 3-yard touchdown pass. While the Chiefs offense and Maholmes got off to a great start, the Chiefs defense struggled with the Titans ground and pound run game.

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Dolphins hang tough against Bills in Fitzpatrick’s return

Lisa Johnson
AFC South & East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303 

One week after bringing the Dolphins so close to their first victory of the season, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick took the field for his return trip back to Buffalo. Fitzpatrick, who is very familiar with the setting as he played for Buffalo during the 2009-2012 season, understands how hard it can be on opposing teams to play here.

He was asked after the game on how it was playing here.

Coming back here, what’s this cauldron like? It there a level of comfort to come back here because you started out here, or discomfort because of the noise? “It was a strange feeling every time I’m here and it’s a strange feeling walking into the stadium – there’s so many good memories. This place is so special to me as a player and as an opponent I guess, but it brings up great memories and a lot of memories that carry a lot of weight and emotion to them.”

Dolphins came in looking to build off some of their success during last week’s near-win and, hopefully, with Fitzpatrick bringing some of his “FitzMagic” back into this offense.

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Is the AFC East becoming more competitive? A look at week 7

Dayna O’Gorman
Senior NFL Reporter
AFC and NFC West

By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG

When you think of the AFC East, you think about the New England Patriots. They have won the division title every year since 2003, with the exception of 2008. That’s a lot of years of dominance. But with the Reign of Brady coming to an end, and with the other three teams either revamping their teams, is the AFC East becoming more competitive? This season could be a preview of what’s to come in the future.

With that said, the Patriots still have a stronghold on the division, which is no surprise to anyone. Taking a look at week 7 and beyond, what can we expect from the AFC East?

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Miami Dolphins partner with University of Miami to tackle youth concussions

Lisa Johnson
AFC South & East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson // @LJ1303

With so much emphasis on the NFL and their concussion protocol, one newly developed program now will focus on High School Football and student athletics.

During recent studies, it is now known that the rate of concussions in high school football is 2.01 for every 1,000 games.

Concussions can be particularly hazardous to high school and youth football players because the frontal lobe of the brain is still developing.

Leading this new program is Gillian A. Hotz, Ph.D. who is a research professor at the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine and a nationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist and expert in pediatric and adult neurotrauma, concussion management, and neurorehabilitation.

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Dolphins drop a close one to Redskins.

Lisa Johnson
AFC South & East Reporter

By Lisa Johnson //@LJ1303

All tanking talk aside, the Dolphins actually put themselves into a position to win their week 6 game. With under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick entered the game with the Dolphins down by 7. He did so after starting QB Josh Rosen was benched in the 3rd quarter.

Fitzpatrick drove the Dolphins down the field to a potentially tying touchdown. With only seconds left. Fitzpatrick found wide receiver DeVante Parker in the back of the end zone. With no hesitating what so ever. The Dolphins offense stayed out on the field, setting up for a potential winning 2 point conversion.

By the reaction of the crowd at Hard Rock Stadium, all seemed on board with the call. As Fitzpatrick took the snap and tried to hit running back Kenyan Drake on a quick slant. Drake bobbled and dropped the ball, failing to get the 2 points and the win.

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