Originally posted on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 5/29/12

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 28: Linebacker Karlos Dansby #58 of the Arizona Cardinals runs onto the field prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 28, 2009 in Glendale, Arizona. The Packers defeated the Cardinals 44-37. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
The offseason is the time of the year where 32 separate fanbases all believe the same thing. Their team can rise to the top of the NFL, and win the Lombardi Trophy. Of course, 31 of those fanbases turn out to be wrong in the end, and about 15 of them aren't living in the real world, but that's not their concern is it? The Miami Dolphins have become the poster-team for this unabridged optimism I speak of. Linebacker Karlos Dansby told the Sun Sentinel he thinks the Dolphins will win the AFC in 2012. "As a team, I’m expecting us to win the AFC, period. Point blank. 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." -Karlos Dansby, Dolphins LB It's not my place to rain on Dansby's parade (much), but he's simply saying what all the linebackers on 32 NFL clubs are secretly thinking. In a league where the difference between winning and losing can be one play, every team should must expect to win every game. If you don't believe you're a winner, it'll show on the field. Sure, Karlos Dansby may be trying to win a losing battle in convincing football fanatics around the nation that the Dolphins could actually do well in 2012, but who cares? It's the offseason, and that's the season of blatant, biased, unabridged optimism. [follow]
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