Originally posted on borisdiawtime.blogspot.com  |  Last updated 2/21/12
Miami Dolphins 2011 Record:  6-10 PPG For: 20.6 (20th) PPG Against:  19.6 (6th) 2012 Cap Number:  $116,636,173 Draft Position:  #9 Overall Pick There are two ways to look at Miami’s 2011 season: 1. The Dolphins 6-3 finish was good for the team. After starting off 0-7, everyone expected them to simply roll over and die. Instead, they continued to fight hard, and absolutely nobody wanted a piece of them by the end of the year. 2. The Dolphins 6-3 finish was an utter disaster. At 0-7, the Dolphins were very much in the thick of the Andrew Luck Sweepstakes. At 6-10, they not played themselves out of Andrew Luck, but they also played themselves out of Robert Griffin. Now, instead of having the franchise QB they’ve needed for over a decade fall right into their laps, they’ll need to give up substantial assets to land him. Honestly, I can understand both sentiments. As I’ve talked about before, sometimes it’s in the best interests of the franchise to lose. In this situation however, I’m not sure I feel that way. Sure, landing either Luck or Griffin would be nice, but let’s be honest about this and admit that they were NEVER losing more games than the Colts. Even in their 0-7 start, the Dolphins were fairly competitive, losing three of those games courtesy of horrific meltdowns. So would it have been worth it to render further damage to the franchise and its players by playing dead at the tail end of the season in the quest for Robert Griffin, or are they infinitely better off with the player development that the strong close undoubtedly provided? I say it’s the latter, Robert Griffin be damned! Instead of entering 2012 as the losing bunch they consistently are, they enter the season with a swagger and a confidence that hasn’t been present in quite some time.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Tyronn Lue: Kevin Love benching not due to injury

Anthony Bennett to work out for Nets

Frank Vogel is right coach at right time in Orlando

Tony Gwynn's family suing tobacco industry

Report: Draymond Green fined, avoids suspension

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Texas booster Red McCombs wants Houston in the Big 12

Duke-Mich St, UNC-Indiana highlight ACC/Big Ten Challenge

Wrestler Kane contemplating run for mayor in Tennessee

Steven Adams says he will consider wearing a cup

Josh Hamilton needs knee surgery, is out for season

Lucas Duda out 'at least 4-6 weeks' with stress fracture

Bismack Biyombo blocks both LeBron and Kevin Love

Rory McIlroy donates Irish Open winnings to charity

Maurice Jones-Drew: Chip Kelly 'destroyed the Eagles'

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

MLB investigating controversial Padres national anthem mishap

Pitt RB James Conner tweets that he is cancer free

Why Louis van Gaal couldn't remain at Manchester United

Eli Apple's mom cracks funny joke after announcing ESPN role

NFL hopeful has stood outside Patriots' facility for a month

WATCH: Ryan Vogelsong hit in face with pitch, carted off

Derek Carr predicts Khalil Mack will have 30 sacks in 2016

LSU's tiger mascot diagnosed with rare form of cancer

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sniping quotes highlight NHL conference finals animosity

QUIZ: Name every NBA franchise's original incarnation

The 15 biggest playoff upsets in NBA history

Cy Young Award contenders at the quarter mark of the season

QUIZ: Name the NHL franchises that have never won the Stanley Cup

How the goalies stack up in the Stanley Cup Conference Finals

Ranking the four potential NBA Finals matchups

A look at the special teams in the NHL conference finals

QUIZ: Name every NBA Rookie of the Year

NHL postseason quick hits: Western Conference Final

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker