CAN THE DOLPHINS RALLY?
Yes, I think they can and here’s how….
I do not believe the Baltimore Ravens are that much better of a football team than the Miami Dolphins. I do believe the Dolphins were not ready to play and, in my opinion, that responsibility falls on the coaches.
There is a tendency for a young successful team to ease up at some point in the season, particularly, after a six game winning streak. Players will naturally feel they can get away with less effort to win. It’s up to the coaches to anticipate this tendency and increase the attention to detail and motivation during practice. When a team is flat, emotionally, there will be a poor showing across the board with offense, defense, special teams, assistant coaches and even supportive staff. This is when all coaches must step up the intensity of practice and classroom activity.
Can we compare this current Dolphins team with the young, developing Dolphins team of the early 70’s? You bet. But I know if we had performed as poorly as this current team did on Sunday, well….this next week of practice would’ve been HELL! Shula would’ve had his foot so far up our asses we’d be tasting toe jam all week! He made practice so tough and so miserable that we looked forward to venting our hostilities toward him on our next opponent! And it worked.
That said, I think our team is in for a rough week. But, if they can regain their intensity and enthusiasm, I believe it’ll result in a win against the Cardinals next Sunday!