Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 5/27/12

Say this about Karlos Danbsy: He’s not afraid to set the bar high — really high — for himself or his team.

During last weekend’s FinsWeekend Fishing Tournament, the veteran linebacker told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that he fully expects the Dolphins to win the AFC this season, a challenge he’s eager to accept.

“As a team, I’m expecting us to win the AFC, period. Point blank,” Dansby said. “We’ve got the talent. We have the coaching. We’ve just got to put it all together. It’s going to come down to us as players going out and excelling and making sure we do everything we possibly can to win every game.

“It’s going to be a challenge, no doubt. But that’s what you live for. You live for opportunities to have those challenges and we’ve got the opportunity of a lifetime here in Miami and we’ve got to take full advantage of it.”

Dansby, entering his third season with the ‘Fins, also has a personal goal for himself which he finally hopes to achieve.

“To make my first Pro Bowl would be awesome. But I’m really focused on trying to get to this 20-20 club, that’s my main goal,” Dansby said. “I set that goal so long ago and I’m close. I’ve got 11 interceptions and 30 and a half sacks, so I’m on track. I’m trying this year to get as close as I possibly can to 20 interceptions.”

Hate to burst Dansby’s bubble, but he has an infinitely better shot of earning a Pro Bowl selection than the Dolphins do of winning the conference. As with any new coaching staff and, potentially, rookie starting quarterback, it will take time for the team to come together, and there assuredly will be growing pains (read: losses) along the way.

While it’s true they do possess their share of talent (like any other NFL franchise), there’s no one player on either side of the ball — with the possible exception of Cameron Wake — that could take over games by themselves, and help account for the 12-13 wins it’d take to earn the No. 1 seed.

The Dolphins probably will improve upon their 6-10 mark from last season; they’re not the lovable 1-15 Fish from years past. But to expect a team that hasn’t won a playoff game in over a decade to suddenly transform into a Super Bowl participant is nothing more than fairy-tale fluff, typical of where we’re at in the offseason.

Photo: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

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