Originally written on Phin Nation  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Dolphins fans, we are proud to present the newest writer to our team, Cyrus (@cyruslassus on Twitter)!  To learn more about Cyrus, Julian, and myself, check out our new ‘About Us’ section, found here.  Below is Cyrus’ first post here at PhinNation.  Welcome to the team Cyrus! Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com Are the Miami Dolphins Elite – by Cyrus I cannot remember the last time I had a pre-season expectation that the Miami Dolphins would win the division and legitimately compete for a Super Bowl title.  Before this season that is. I predicted a division title, because I felt like the losses of Reggie Bush and Jake Long were adequately replaced in-house by second year players Jonathan Martin and Lamar Miller, and their stud free-agent class highlighted by speedy wide receiver Mike Wallace and shutdown corner Brent Grimes took Miami up a notch.  Trading up in the draft to select an elite pass rusher in Dion Jordan was another stroke of genius.  Jeff Ireland deserved a pat on the back and an extension, which he got.  At 3-0, the Miami Dolphins are who I thought they were.  They are talented on offense, defense and special teams.  They are disciplined.  They win close games.  And they are getting better. It is early in the year and they have a lot to work on.  The running game has only shown brief flashes so far, but last week’s come back victory likely does not happen if Lamar Miller does not break off a 49 yard run in the first half.  Ryan Tannehill is on pace to be sacked 74 times this season, but is playing at an elite level when he gets a chance to throw.  The defense is giving up too many yards and first downs, but has consistently come up with key sacks, turnovers and defensive stands that kept hope alive or finished off an opponent. While Miami deserves the current hype, they will have to remain focused and continue to get better as the season goes along, as evidenced by last year’s Arizona Cardinals, who were 4-0 only to finish 5-11.  Or  the 1993 Dolphins, who had a league leading 9-2 record coming off of a Thanksgiving day away victory over the Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys in the snow only to be punished with five straight losses and missing the playoffs.  (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)
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  • I am a lifelong Fins fan but it is only 3 games into a long season. Love it if it happens.
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