The Official Dolphins Make Playoffs Thread

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  1. DolFan707

    DolFan707 Almost There Since 1973...

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    Why can't it happen? I know we went 1-15 last year, but we have seen Parcells work miracles before and who is to say he can't do it in '08

    let's go over the whole AFC:

    EAST:

    Patriots- ok they make the playoffs every year
    Bills- no better than us
    Jets- unstable team with old qb and didnt do well last year

    NORTH:
    Ravens- can't even find a QB
    Bengals- do terrible every year, QB is injured, bad defense
    Browns- I know people like them and stuff but they don't have a great running game and I don't see Anderson doing as well as last year
    Steelers- will make playoffs

    SOUTH:
    Colts- have some problems and could end up in the wild card spot
    Jaguars- could do well this year, like last year
    Texans- don't see them making playoffs
    Titans- its possible that Young bounces back from an off year and does well but they don't have enough playmakers to be a serious threat.

    WEST:
    Chargers- my pick for the super bowl
    Broncos- no big improvements from last years disappointing team
    Chiefs- c'mon they are a joke this year
    Raiders- not much better than Chiefs

    PLAYOFF SEEDS:
    1. Patriots
    2. Chargers
    3. Steelers
    4. Jaguars
    5. Colts
    6. DOLPHINS
     
  2. ac_lanham

    ac_lanham The Comeback Kid

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    We're improving definitely, but let's not get carried away here...
     
  3. Raging Bull

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    I like it.
     
  4. MiamiDolfan85

    MiamiDolfan85 DA M.I.A IS WHERE I STAY

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    our first 4 games are the hardest of the schedule...if we can make it out AT LEAST 2-2....we might have a shot at the playoffs...but I just have this gut feeling that if we lose to the Jets week 1,we arent winning more than 6 games.But if we can beat the Jets,and build our confidence up,I think we can be a team to look out for...Still,like an earlier poster said...were doing good,but lets not get carried away here.In order for the Phins to make the playoffs...not only will we have to AT LEAST be the second best in the division,but we HAVE to hope that other palyoffs potential teams chocke or have bad injuries,which dont seem likey...still,anything is possible,but lets just see how we do in week 1,then m,maybe we can talk playoffs...
     
  5. HurriPhin

    HurriPhin Banned Hammered

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    Alright, I'm on board!

    My only disagreement would be your Super Bowl pick. I think with the recent developments on Merriman that it will greatly change the dynamics of the Chargers defense. So with that being said hopefully we will be the latest wild card team to advance in the playoffs and win the Super Bowl. Hey, there's no harm in wishful thinking, especially when its a brand new season.
     
  6. MadDog 88

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    Slow down or you going to set yourself up for disappointment. IMO we are much better but I think the playoffs are a year or two away.
     
  7. tcolli17

    tcolli17 Rookie

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    If we start out 3-0 we will make the playoffs. If we don't, we won't.
     
  8. DefensiveEnd76

    DefensiveEnd76 Football Guru

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    We won a couple of meaningless pre season games so don't have us as a playoff team because of it. I am trying to remain cautiously optimistic about the season but I don't think we will make the playoffs this year. Next season maybe.
     
  9. dolfan305

    dolfan305 I Love the Dolphins

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    F it!!!!!!! lets do it!!!! why not the mutha F in DOLPHINS!! GO MIAMI DOLPHINS #1
     
  10. PENNDOLPHAN

    PENNDOLPHAN Banned Hammered

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    Im down. Hey nobody expected the marlins to be in the hunt for the playoffs, but they are anyway. Why cant the dolphins?
     
  11. jhortondj2

    jhortondj2 Well-Known Member Donator

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    Do you guys remember where the Patsies were in our division right before they came out of nowhere to surprise everyone, yeah, it's possible. If our lines solidify it can change everything and happen pretty quickly. Faith Men.
     
  12. SpaceMountain16

    SpaceMountain16 Disgruntled Donator

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    Lyrics to describe this thread:

    "PURPLE HAZE, ALL IN MY BRAIN!"
     
  13. dabeastdabone

    dabeastdabone Seasoned Veteran

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    I think your not giving other teams enough credit. We will improve that I'm sure. And I feel we will be in most games and even be capable of pulling off an upset or two. But we might need ten wins to make the playoffs, I just don't see that happening.
     
  14. KlausC

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    It's amazing what a preseason victory over the Chiefs can do for the soul.
     
  15. perezferia

    perezferia DIEHARD DOLPHIN

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    No Way!!!

    EAST:

    Patriots- ok they make the playoffs every year (Yes they do and even though they're gonna be HUMAN this year and only win 12 games they'll lead our division. They also have the easiest schedule in the NFL)

    Bills- no better than us (Ummmm... Have you SEEN them? They are MUCH improved behind the big arm of their rookie QB and Donte Whitner's solid safety play! They just OBLITERATED the Colts on pre-season game 3!)

    Jets- unstable team with old qb and didnt do well last year (Are you nuts? With Brett Favre, Coles, Crotchery, the revamped O-Line and Thomas Jones and Leon Washington running the ball, the Jets are gonna be pretty damn hard to beat! Anytime you have steady QB play a so-so team can play just well enough to win. But Favre isn't just so-so, he's hall of fame great. His command of that first game plan will be spectacular and it's gonna be a tough, tough test for our team to hang in there against him. The Jets and Bills no longer suck, they are both RESPECTABLE. Trust me! The REDSKINS suck!)

    NORTH:
    Ravens- can't even find a QB (They're gonna suffer on BOTH sides of the ball this year, I truly believe that.)
    Bengals- do terrible every year, QB is injured, bad defense (I think that their defense actually takes a step backwards this year)
    Browns- I know people like them and stuff but they don't have a great running game and I don't see Anderson doing as well as last year (Ummm wrong, the running game will be very, very good. It's the old linebackers that will kill them. They couldn't get out into the flat against Detroit and Kitna had an easy day out there because of it.)
    Steelers- will make playoffs (Rothlisberger is simply too good)

    SOUTH:
    Colts- have some problems and could end up in the wild card spot (C'mon, are you kidding? HAHAHAHA!!!)
    Jaguars- could do well this year, like last year (We can beat this team)
    Texans- don't see them making playoffs (We can beat them too)
    Titans- its possible that Young bounces back from an off year and does well but they don't have enough playmakers to be a serious threat. (I think that they move backwards this year)

    WEST:
    Chargers- my pick for the super bowl (Pretty unstoppable)
    Broncos- no big improvements from last years disappointing team (You're crazy, the QB is healthy and making great reads out there. They're playoff bound, Buddy!)
    Chiefs- c'mon they are a joke this year (Worst team in the league)
    Raiders- not much better than Chiefs (Improved against the run, soft against the pass and the Offense will be one dimensional)

    PLAYOFF SEEDS:
    1. Chargers
    2. Colts
    3. Patriots
    4. Steelers
    5. Broncos
    6. Jets
     
  16. MadDog 88

    MadDog 88 Smoke 'em Jay Finheaven VIP

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    I think this is a pretty accurate breakdown. The only difference I see is that the wildcards will be the Jags and the Bills. Thats right, The Bills. They are gonna be a tough team to beat. But the Bills could be substituted by the Jets! Yup! Tough to admit but the Jets are a solid team. The first game will be a true test of how competitive we can be. Cautious optimism!!
     
  17. cafinfan408

    cafinfan408 Punching Bag

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    since when were the raiders soft vs the pass after adding mr hall and im pretty sure the got 3 int's off leinart in 12 throws..
    broncos will surprise the hell out of me if they sniff 9 wins.
    and i think the texans and titans will be better than you guys i guess.
    but as long as i dont feel like i did last year ill be happy
     
  18. ojmcduffy

    ojmcduffy Seasoned Veteran

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    i dont like cautious optimism stinks. I know we need to be realisitic and its still the jets. Welll i hate those guys, ihate those guys so very badly everyday i am driven through life only with the thoughts of how bad i hate those guys.
    I know we lack talent, stability at the qb and position, and that were going to try to stop the run with alot of young players. On the other hand im gonna drink my body weight in killians irish red and talk smack. I'm sorry ill pay for it monday morning but im still gonna do it. In closing were going to the playoffs 12-4.
     
  19. MiamiDolfan85

    MiamiDolfan85 DA M.I.A IS WHERE I STAY

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    thats the drunk spirit:beer1::hi5::beer1::hi5:
     
  20. Spiff

    Spiff Starter Finheaven VIP

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    I have just completed the first four games on Madden 09 and so far it looks good for us :)

    I'm playing Chad Henne though. He completes 70 % of his passes but so far has 1 TD and 8 INTs after 4 games. I know I suck - I just can't seem to score TDs.

    But the Dolphins are 3-1, beating the Jets (9-6 OT), Cardinals, Pats (19-17) and losing only to the Chargers (7-21).

    In that first game against the Jets, our secondary intercepted Favre 3 times :) Guess who did it? Travis Daniels. All three of them. Daniels has four interceptions after four games.......and we traded him away???? ;-)

    So, what I'd like to say is: we might have a chance at making the post-season.......you never know......
     
  21. Kiick72

    Kiick72 Starter

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    Slow down! I think we look much better than any of us had hoped, but we still have a long way to go. I agree anything is possible and the last 2 weeks things have looked up, but Cleveland was 10-6 last year and didn't get in. It takes a lot to make the playoffs in the AFC.
     
  22. nerfball

    nerfball A True Fan

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    why can't fans be optimistic? go ahead and hope your team makes the playoffs, why not? its why we watch the games, in hopes they win, every week, no? listen, at the level these guys are playing, the difference in talent level is usually pretty slim. if you make the roster of an nfl team, you can play. intangibles like motivation, team chemistry, preparedness, coaching, conditioning, and a little luck, is what makes teams achieve, or over-achieve.

    there is no reason miami can't play with teams and win more games than they lose. first off, they were not as bad as their record showed last year. all those intangibles I mentioned were missing last year. guy got injured because of poor conditioning, games were lost due to bad coaching and game planning, etc... there is a lot than can happen week to week in the nfl.

    there are so many things up in the air just in the afc east. can tom brady play to his normal level with that foot problem? can favre be effective enough early on to keep the jets from imploding? what bills team will show up to start the year?

    if miami can get out to a fast start and look up after week 6 and find themselves in the thick of the division race, look out.
     
  23. Taysia

    Taysia DJ Teknision

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    Bills no better than us? Have been watching football or just Miami Dolphins football, because the bills are much better than us..
     
  24. XXXSURTAINXXX

    XXXSURTAINXXX THE SACRIFICIAL DOLPHIN

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    I am taking names. Once we make the playoffs Ill give each of you the chance to publicly admit that you were wrong....Those who fail to do so will be outted.....like Shawn Andrews (J/K) BTW has that guy went to camp as of yet?
     
  25. nikeair498

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    and to the other person.. have YOU been watching football besides the dolphins? The bills beat the colts when half their starters didnt play. Hell, their 3rd and 4th string qb's started the game... and the 5 turnovers by them alone was enough to let the bills win only... 17-0? jesus heh oh, and all of the turnovers happened pretty much in the endzone... that score could have easily been 40 something to 10 colts.

    anyway I can see this team getting the last wild card slot.. somehow slipping in. If the team stays healthy, and we run the ball down everyones throat like were built to do... its really, not that far off. Also, by that other logic I saw.. I see it every year, "well if a couple teams blow it and this and that, we can get in playoffs) thats the mentallity that causes losses. You go to the playoffs because you win games, not wait for everyone else to screw up.
     
  26. Kdawg954

    Kdawg954 Paint on My Hands from Paintin the Perfect Picture Finheaven VIP Donator

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    I will tell you one thing . . . before the draft, playoffs would be UNTHINKABLE, impossible, no way in hell.

    But now, after the past 2 weeks, it has become "would be suprising" and "not likely".

    That definitely is a step in the right direction.

    We have the ingredients of a playoff team.

    Running game, Offensive Line . . . a solid, solid accurate veteran QB . . . and a defense that looks like it may be better than we all would have thought.

    Don't count on the playoffs, but don't think this team is gonna play this year like it is meaningless . . because they may just sneak up and do the unexpected.


    I currently have:

    1. San Diego
    2. New England
    3. Indianapolis
    4. Pittsburgh

    Those are my locks:

    Jacksonville, Cleveland, Tennessee, NY Jets, Denver and Baltimore (they need a QB to be serious though)

    Those are the favorites for the last 2 spots.

    and my watch out list includes:

    Miami, Houston, Buffalo and . . . . Oakland (I like em).


    Anything is possible fellas, but realize that even if this team goes 7-9 or something like that . . . that would be a HELL of a season, and next year, threads like this would be much more realistic.
     
  27. fatkirstyalley

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    I believe!!!!!
     
  28. Drfletcherdc

    Drfletcherdc A True Fan

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    I'm predicting the Patriots don't even make the playoffs.

    I hate the Bills but I predict they win the division.
    The Fins get a wild card.
    Jets finish 6-10.
     
  29. emeraldfin

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    Pats
    Chargers
    Colts
    Steelers
    Jags
    Broncos

    Teams just outside of that will be the Bills, Titans, Browns and Jets.

    In the AFC you must win 10 games to even have a chance of making the playoffs, the Fins will not win 10 games. This team has a long way to go so just be happy with an improved seasn, not outragous expectations.
     
  30. Kdawg954

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    Stick to posting on forums, unless you can accurately predict that Brady and Moss both go down in week 1, because severe injuries is the only way that team doesn't make the playoffs . . . they wont be as good as last year, but they play the AFC EAST and the NFC West . . . arguably the 2 of the weaker divisions in the NFL . . . 10 games, I expect them to win atleast 7 of those game . . . more than likely 8 or 9.
     
  31. Kiick72

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    I am optimistic and I hope they do make the playoff's. I am just saying lets not get too far ahead of ourselves. There is no doubt this team is way better than many in the media are giving us credit for, but if we go 7-9 or 8-8 that would be huge.

    As far as Surtain posted I will gladly eat some major portions of crow just serve it with a good cold beer!:beer1:
     
  32. Smacks

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    I know I'm the pessimist here and only predicted 1 or 2 wins. I haven't changed my attitude about the team. I do see some more wins with Penny at the helm but not 7 or 8 more wins. This is still a very young team that will not make a run for two more years and the might be when Henne is the starting QB.
     
  33. XXXSURTAINXXX

    XXXSURTAINXXX THE SACRIFICIAL DOLPHIN

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    LOL there's no better way to enjoy it.
     
  34. R_t_Kraken

    R_t_Kraken A True Fan

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    It's not the win, it's how our first team has looked.

    -Our secondary is shutting people down, I didn't expect this one bit.
    -Our DL is getting some push, are relentless, both rookie DEs (Merling, Langford) already look like great picks.
    -Our QB position ACTUALLY looks solidified. Pennington looks great, and only after two weeks of acquiring him. Thanks JETS!
    -Ricky is running like he did in 2002.
    -^ Probably because of the fact that we have FOUR (count em) YOUNG 1st day linemen all of which are playing up to their potential, and the 6th round rookie RG is impressing.
    -Ted Ginn looks to already be getting comfortable with Chad and is showing he's more than a capable WR.
    -Crowder appears to be filling in for the loss of ZT nicely. Appears to have great leadership ability. Our defense appears to be rallying behind him and it shows.
    -Conditioning is there, fire is there like I haven't seen in YEARS!

    Yes, this is based off preseason. Yes it is way to early to be talking playoffs. But we've got A LOT to be excited about. So please spare me the attempt to devaluate our improvement because it's 'just preseason' or it's 'just the chiefs'
     
  35. phins4ever64

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    get back to me after the first 4 games-- Two of them against last years playoff teams and of course the Jets, who have a knack for beating us even when we are better than they are, which right now we are not. But could be. We need to go at least 3-1 in those first 4 games to have a shot.

    Let's not get our hopes up -- I will be thrilled to go 7-9 after last year--I was predicting 4 wins before Pennigton-- i'll bump that up to 6 now. Hope I'm wrong and we win 11-- but reality must rule over fantasy
     
  36. CedarPhin

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    I'm really excited about this season, I like the way the QBs have played, I like teh way Ricky has run, and above everything, Our O-line actually resembles an offensive line.

    But, I see us only winning 6-7 games.
     
  37. Dtronic

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    You didn't list the Cowboys............
     
  38. CedarPhin

    CedarPhin Finheaven Hall of Shame Hammered

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    Look at it this way, we can't do any worse than last season, and we may just quadruple our win total from a year ago.
     
  39. MiggeMadness

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    I see this changing in the next couple years. The NFC is becoming tougher and I see the AFC evening out a little bit. Withing the next few years the roles will be switched and the AFC will look like the NFC has for the last 5 years or so.

    The AFC will not be dominating the NFC anymore. The Vikes, Packers, Cowboys, and Giants all look very good. When was the last time you could name 4 NFC teams that could beat most teams in the AFC?

    Combine those losses to the NFC with teams like the Bills, Browns, Titans, Texans on their way up. Things are really going to even out in the AFC. I don't think we'll see a 10-6 team missing the playoffs for awhile. In the next few years there may even be a 9-7 team sneaking in from the AFC.
     
  40. SabanHater

    SabanHater ***** in the House!

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    I'm going to say not this year, but we'll be on the cusp.
     

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