The Miami Dolphins faced a New York Jets that showed the Dolphins what pride looks like. In the process they gave Rex Ryan another season to coach the team. In 2014 the two teams will meet again but the 2014 schedule for Miami won’t be an easy one.
If the Dolphins want to turn around their franchise, something they have not been able to do since Dave Wannstedt took over for Jimmy Johnson, they will need play head and shoulders over their efforts this past season.
The Dolphins will not enter 2014 as division favorites, the Patriots will enter the season as odds on favorites, yet again.
Many media outlets are not looking favorably on Miami’s chances next season, including ESPN along with several local media newspapers. The Dolphins, still in a holding pattern with their head coach, OC, and of course Jeff Ireland are far from making a turnaround.
The Dolphins will face outside of their normal division games, the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, and Vikings all at home, while traveling to Oakland in London, the Broncos, Jacksonville, Chicago, and to Detroit. Not easy to come off a season one game shy of a playoff birth only to face four playoff teams and four more who were in the hunt.
The Dolphins need to make a decision on their present before they can contemplate their future and owner Stephen Ross is mulling those decisions with his advisers. The lack of efficiency and energy hurt this team down the final two game stretch.
Next year may be a new season but the bitter taste in the mouths of Miami fans won’t go away any time soon.