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Don Shula admits "concern" Colts or Saints could go unbeaten

Don Shula is the only coach in NFL history to lead a team to an unbeaten, untied season. But Shula acknowledges that he’s worried he won’t have that distinction all to himself much longer.

Shula thinks this year’s Colts or Saints are each capable of winning three more games in the regular season and three in the postseason and join his 1972 Miami Dolphins in finishing a season with an unblemished record.

“They’re a legitimate concern,” Shula said of the Colts and Saints in an interview with the Fox affiliate in Orlando. “I’m rooting secretly inside that somebody beats them.”

But Shula insists that he and his former players aren’t the spoilsports they’re sometimes portrayed as. The coach was effusive with his praise of Colts quarterback Peyton Manning and Saints quarterback Drew Brees, and he said he could even see the teams both being 18-0 and meeting each other in the Super Bowl.

If that happens, Shula says, he’ll be the first to reach out to the winning coach.

“We’re very proud of that but we’re not a bunch of angry old men that sit around and can’t wait for that last undefeated team to get beat,” Shula said. “If somebody breaks that record . . . I’m going to call that coach and congratulate him.”

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  1. JimmySmith says: Dec 15, 2009 1:26 PM

    Don Shula might not classify himself as an angry old man but Mercury Morris sure is, and dumb an ugly to boot.
    I could care less about either the Colts or the Saints going 19-0 but if it shuts up Mercury Morris for the rest of his life, call me a Saintcolt fan.

  2. KAP2281 says: Dec 15, 2009 1:29 PM

    “I am rooting secretly inside that somebody beats them” — After the words left your old wrinkled lips it’s wasn’t a secret anymore, pal.

  3. XXINYG says: Dec 15, 2009 1:30 PM

    Another non-story. There’s no reason to bring up the ’72 Dolphins until a team is 18-0 heading into the Super Bowl. Must be a slow day in Mountaineerville

  4. zappa says: Dec 15, 2009 1:31 PM

    Who cares Shula? Thought you were dead anyhow.

  5. Flying elvis says: Dec 15, 2009 1:34 PM

    Apples and oranges. The 2007 Patriots already out did the 72 Dolphins. The teams today play more games. The road is much longer. How can this fact be ignored?

  6. hayward giablommi says: Dec 15, 2009 1:36 PM

    Can’t think of too many guys out there who’ve reacted with less class or dignity than Shula or the rest of the ’72 Dolphins in past years (though Jerry Rice is rapidly losing respect in my book for his continued sour grapes re: Randy Moss).
    Think about it…Hank Aaron, Roger Maris’ family, Jim Brown, all reacted with the utmost respect, dignity and sincerity when their respective records were matched or broken.
    Instead, we continue to get the highly disingenuous: “I’m going to be the first to call that coach and congratulate him” BS from Shula.
    It’s fairly obvious that the legends that the ’72 Dolphins were on the field doesn’t compare to the legends they are in their own collective minds.

  7. TheBetterFaulk(33) says: Dec 15, 2009 1:41 PM

    It’s not like they had to win 19 games, anyway…

  8. MattWriter says: Dec 15, 2009 1:46 PM

    “Don Shula stood for everything that was good about football, everything that was good about being a coach, and everything that was good about being a man.” – John Madden.

  9. parasonic says: Dec 15, 2009 1:48 PM

    sure it was unblemished in 1972 but they also played 2 less games. can we please stop hearing/seeing the comparisons because there aren’t any.

  10. klong56 says: Dec 15, 2009 1:50 PM

    zappa, who the hell are you? Why don’t you show some respect for a Hall of Fame coach, instead of making a lame attempt at a joke about him being dead.

  11. teke184 says: Dec 15, 2009 1:51 PM

    Here’s hoping that we see the 18-0 Saints vs. the 18-0 Colts in the Mercury Morris Is A Royal Douchebag Bowl, currently projected as about a 1% chance by Football Outsiders.

  12. netdawg says: Dec 15, 2009 1:51 PM

    I’m rooting secretly that the entire ’72 dolphin roster dies painful deaths! For one professional (or a group of douchebags in this case) to be quietly rooting for others to fail so they can live in glory (within their own minds) is embarrassing.
    These DICKS should probably consider doing something more constructive with their free time.
    I for one would love to see a Indi/N’Awlins Super Bowl with BOTH teams undefeated so those a-holes from Miami have to steam through a bowl knowing their record had its cherry broken even before the Lombardi gets officially hoisted.

  13. nps6724 says: Dec 15, 2009 2:00 PM

    “I’m rooting secretly inside that somebody beats them.”
    But Shula insists that he and his former players aren’t the spoilsports they’re sometimes portrayed as.
    —-
    That’s quite contradictory, as is saying “”We’re very proud of that but we’re not a bunch of angry old men that sit around and can’t wait for that last undefeated team to get beat,” while you have a bottle of champagne on ice every year that is popped as soon as the final undefeated team loses.

  14. Tomb says: Dec 15, 2009 2:00 PM

    Right, Shula, right.
    I have mental image of Brees and Manning in a well, with Mercury and Shula telling them to rub the lotion on its skin.
    Apparantly holding NFL records for too long is like wearing the one ring that rules them all, makes them need their precioussssss.
    What dicks.

  15. dolfan1981 says: Dec 15, 2009 2:03 PM

    I guess some of you fail to realize the 72′ Phins went undefeated having to play their backup QB for most of the season, or that they had to go on the road to play the AFC Championship game, yes its true, homefield advantage wasnt the same back then as it is now. Where would the Saints or Colts be right now with their backup QB?

  16. zappa says: Dec 15, 2009 2:04 PM

    @dong56
    Not a joke. Thought the old idiot was dead. But since someone still rolls this sour shell of a man out every other year to blow his own horn he desrves what he gets. The world does not revolve around hall a famers. Try paying your child support dong56 on time this month and stop long dicking your mother every time your Dad drinks too much and passes out.

  17. bunker says: Dec 15, 2009 2:06 PM

    Here we go again with the damn ’72 Dolphins. I hate this time of the year. I can’t wait until they’re all dead.

  18. iusedtobeteddybayer says: Dec 15, 2009 2:08 PM

    We’re very proud of that but we’re not a bunch of angry old men that sit around and can’t wait for that last undefeated team to get beat,” Shula said.
    Yes they are. Bitter, old, cranky. But at least finally someone is at least conscience of this perception.
    Coach Shula is a great guy; I’ve met him. Let Mercury Morris be the bitter guy. He’s the best bitter guy I’ve

  19. Gelardia says: Dec 15, 2009 2:10 PM

    Jeez, you losers are reacting worse to Shula/Morris/’72 Fins than they are to keeping their record.
    What records have you guys ever held, most posts on a message board?
    Do something significant before you criticize on someone else’s reaction.

  20. chapnasty says: Dec 15, 2009 2:24 PM

    Why is this the only time that we hear from Don Shula? Move on Don, you are retired go golfing and eat your Nutri-system before your mouth starts to cause you to lose respect.

  21. Bob Loblaw says: Dec 15, 2009 2:29 PM

    The ’72 Dolphins played 14 games in the regular season. Two of those games were against teams that were 7-7 for the season. The other 12 were all against teams with losing records.
    They did not face a playoff-caliber team until the actual playoffs.
    Yes the won the Super Bowl. That’s not what is in question. The fact is these guys still celebrate being part of the most special season in NFL history, when in fact there was absolutely nothing special about their season.

  22. Big Stretch says: Dec 15, 2009 2:29 PM

    Shula rode the ’72 dolphins success until the day he retired. He is lying when he says he would sincerly congratulate the next team to run the table.
    How is it possible to have one of the best QBs in NFL history for 12 years in a row and end up with a 6-6 record in the playoff during that time? let’s not forget the ’84 superbowl appearance where the dolphins got embarrased. If he was such a good coach you would think the dolphins might have had a running game to go with Marino.

  23. east96street says: Dec 15, 2009 2:30 PM

    “…we’re not a bunch of angry old men that sit around and can’t wait for that last undefeated team to get beat,” Shula said.
    Funny, they’ve been acting that way for a long time now. Someone should tell these guys they tarnished their images years ago and pretending otherwise doesn’t make their childish behavior fade from our memories. Too bad they didn’t take the high road all these years and let their legend speak for itself. All that had to be said EVER when asked about the undefeated team of that particular year was “they’re a good team and I wish them nothing but the best”. Then, they would be remembered as the epitome of class, no matter what happened to their record. Now, people root for the record to fall just to shut them up.

  24. Levito says: Dec 15, 2009 2:30 PM

    funny how the guy named zappa thought schula was dead.

  25. Fed up says: Dec 15, 2009 2:32 PM

    I liked that Dolphins team of the early 70’s. But, it’s time to let it go. This is a different era in football and so much has changed. Everytime a team threatens to have a perfect year, these ex-players from that Dolphins squad comes out of the woodwork and starts whining to the media about it.
    I’m glad I’m not that fed up and angry about my life.

  26. SureThing says: Dec 15, 2009 2:32 PM

    “Apples and oranges. The 2007 Patriots already out did the 72 Dolphins. The teams today play more games. The road is much longer. How can this fact be ignored?”
    _________
    NE won more games, but didn’t add anything to their jewelry collection. That’s 1 difference.
    Although I do agree with you in principal. The league is far different from ’72.

  27. wwwmattcom says: Dec 15, 2009 2:34 PM

    Hey Don, at least it wasn’t Tom Brady and Bellichik! GO SAINTS, GO COLTS

  28. chunga says: Dec 15, 2009 2:36 PM

    Schula’s still alive?

  29. wwwmattcom says: Dec 15, 2009 2:36 PM

    Doesn’t matter how a team is perfect. Backup QB’s or three running backs with 1000 yards or two with 1000 and one with 998 or less but perfect is perfect dolfan.

  30. hotchick says: Dec 15, 2009 2:46 PM

    OK we have one “football fan” who does not know if a football legend is dead or alive. Then complains he is tired of hearing from a man he hears so little from he thought he was dead.
    Then others who want Shula to go away and retire and play golf, and then complain this is the only time they hear from him. So do you want him gone or do you want him commenting all year round?
    Then the rest of you who care so little about this topic that you go out of your way to not skip a post about it then go out of your way to comment on it. If you care so little why are you reading and commenting on it?
    Really how much of your life does hearing about this each year take year? A grand total of 87 seconds unless you expend effort to listen to it?
    Finally, why do you think we hear from them each year? Because people ask them about it each year and turds read about it and pretend to not care about it on message boards.
    And no I dont believe Aaron is glad his record was broken. PLUS if you think 17 games does not compare to 19 games, you cant think Bonds compares to Aaron unless Bonds played in the same or fewer games and had the same or fewer at bats the Aaron.

  31. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Dec 15, 2009 2:47 PM

    “Apples and oranges. The 2007 Patriots already out did the 72 Dolphins.”
    In the loss column.

  32. Filbertkiwi71 says: Dec 15, 2009 2:49 PM

    hayward giablommi says: December 15, 2009 1:36 PM:”
    Can’t think of too many guys out there who’ve reacted with less class or dignity than Shula or the rest of the ’72 Dolphins in past years (though Jerry Rice is rapidly losing respect in my book for his continued sour grapes re: Randy Moss).
    Think about it…Hank Aaron, Roger Maris’ family, Jim Brown, all reacted with the utmost respect, dignity and sincerity when their respective records were matched or broken.
    Instead, we continue to get the highly disingenuous: “I’m going to be the first to call that coach and congratulate him” BS from Shula.
    It’s fairly obvious that the legends that the ’72 Dolphins were on the field doesn’t compare to the legends they are in their own collective minds. ”
    ================
    I absolutely agree with this. I just hope that if some other team has the perfect season, that they handle it a little more graciously.

  33. Jimboleus says: Dec 15, 2009 2:52 PM

    What a bunch of crying wanna be’s.. Perfect is perfect whether it’s 17-0 or 19-0.
    Most of you were probably still picking yer noses and crapping in yer pants when Shula was coaching. OBTW he also coached the Colts, for those posters that had the better part of them dribbling down their fathers knee.
    The season used to be only 12 games,,so what yer point,besides being just a jealous haters.
    The Bears came close in 86,,the Pats also came close…Close don’t count in perfect..

  34. Bob says: Dec 15, 2009 2:54 PM

    One quote says Shula is secretly hoping for them to lose. The next quote says they’re not sitting around hoping for someone to lose. So which is it?

  35. east96street says: Dec 15, 2009 2:56 PM

    dolfan1981 says: “I guess some of you fail to realize the 72′ Phins went undefeated having to play their backup QB for most of the season”
    Seems you fail to realize that they played one of the all time great marshmallow schedules in NFL history.

  36. DocBG says: Dec 15, 2009 3:00 PM

    @ all morons bitching about a longer season now:
    STFU, it simply means there is less concentrated talent nowadays. going 18-1 is going 18-1, the pats blew the biggest game of them all, and don’t deserve to be mentioned in the same breath. If anything, its clearly easier to go undefeated now then it was then, because of the expansion teams and diluted talent pool. Lets also not forget that teams used to run the ball a hell of a lot more then too, so it wasn’t a fancy passing game leading the charge like it is now, the guys actually had to do some work and got wore down. Pats fans need to forget about that season and move forward. stop with your bitching allready, no one will remember that great season that almost was, but they will remember New York winning in the SB.

  37. Perfect1972 says: Dec 15, 2009 3:20 PM

    “Here we go again with the damn ’72 Dolphins. I hate this time of the year. I can’t wait until they’re all dead.”
    What are you bunker…an idiot? “I can’t wait until they’re all dead”? Get a freakin’ life…

  38. Jimboleus says: Dec 15, 2009 3:31 PM

    east96street says:
    December 15, 2009 2:56 PM
    “”Seems you fail to realize that they played one of the all time great marshmallow schedules””
    so Shula and his team knew this before the season started….
    BY this logic I guess we must now render asterics by all championship teams that played marshmellow scheduals…You a Yankee Baseball Fan? I’m sure the Pinstripers many World Series rings came by way of playing AA teams..

  39. Icon says: Dec 15, 2009 3:31 PM

    Shula – “I’m rooting secretly inside that somebody beats them.”
    Shula – we’re not a bunch of angry old men that sit around and can’t wait for that last undefeated team to get beat”
    (Insert duck from tv commercials) “AH-HAH!?
    Doublespeak courtesy Shula … he just injured everyone’s sensibilities.

  40. Zox says: Dec 15, 2009 3:31 PM

    @Gelardia
    Good job. It needed to be said.

  41. nicewolf64 says: Dec 15, 2009 3:33 PM

    i love the fact that all these haters seem to forget that the 72 Fins were sandwiched between 2 other Fins super bowl teams. you play who is on your schedule. 17-0, 19-0, 21-0 (future) are all the same and the only way to be considered undefeated for a season. did it occur to any of you idiots that the reason we hear from the 72 players is because thats when the reporters seek them out? they arent like favre who couldnt keep his yapper shut for more than 10 minutes.

  42. Zox says: Dec 15, 2009 3:34 PM

    Jags will beat the Colts on Thursday. 1 down, 1 to go.

  43. jeff says: Dec 15, 2009 3:38 PM

    I’m giving this thread the asshat of the day!
    Just for the posters that wish death on others and for all the stupid comments therein:
    You know who you are, if you don’t the restof us do.
    I’ve never seen so much drivel outside of an adam shitterson post!!
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_Bj63jRaxT7U/SNmRxVPY4SI/AAAAAAAAAAU/WtcTgyK7sBg/S1600

  44. zukith says: Dec 15, 2009 3:41 PM

    @ DocBG
    False. There is not less concentrated talent now then in 1972. Do you have some sort of flawed instrument to measure this, or is it just a wrong thought generated in your own mug? Either way, it makes no sense.
    That said, it doesn’t matter about strength of schedule or how many games were played. The Dolphins were undefeated for an entire season and no other team has been. Period.

  45. finsbooyah says: Dec 15, 2009 3:54 PM

    Zappa, you are pathetic.
    The whole “crack open a bottle of champagne” thing was a creation of the media, not Shula and the Dolphins. (but yea I agree Mercury is a douche)
    The fact remains that the Dolphins are the only team ever to have a perfect season. It doesn’t matter what their schedule was like or who their QB was. Perfect is perfect, and don’t act like you all wouldn’t be singing a different tune if it was your team that accomplished this feat. Jealous losers, all of you. It’s really kind of sad.
    Now, it would be foolish for anyone to think that no one will ever go undefeated again (but that doesn’t make it any less special). So, if it happens this year, it will be done by someone (Brees or Manning) who I could not have more respect for. I’m just glad Brady and the Pats couldn’t do it!

  46. purplepuzzyeatrz says: Dec 15, 2009 3:55 PM

    OH, here comes the 72′ dolphins……back in the 70’s the average man was 4’2″ tall weighed 105lbs. todays monsters are 6’8″ and weigh 400lbs…..should we also be talking about the fukn dinosaurs too……let it go old guys…….there is a new hot topic in the senior centers…its called
    VIAGRA!!!!!!
    oh and SKOL

  47. chris says: Dec 15, 2009 3:57 PM

    Wow, i figured we here some crap from Patriot fans, but the rest of you? How many OF YOU knew he played the actual game?
    Playing career
    In 1951 Shula signed with the Cleveland Browns, but rarely got on the field. On March 26, 1953, he was traded to the Baltimore Colts in what was, at that time, the largest NFL player trade ever made, involving 15 players. The Colts traded T Mike McCormack, DT Don Colo, LB Tom Catlin, DB John Petitbon, and G Herschell Forester to the Browns for Shula, DB Bert Rechichar, DB Carl Taseff, LB Ed Sharkey, E Gern Nagler, QB Harry Agganis, T Dick Batten, T Stu Sheets, G Art Spinney, and G Elmer Willhoite. Shula and Taseff were teammates at John Carroll, with the Browns and with the Colts.
    Shula played with Baltimore for four seasons before finishing his playing career with the Washington Redskins. In his seven NFL seasons, Shula played in 73 games, intercepted 21 passes and also recovered four fumbles
    Legacy
    Shula set numerous records in his 33 seasons as a head coach. He is the All-Time leader in Victories with 347. He is first in most games coached (526), most consecutive seasons coached (33), and Super Bowl losses (4) (tied with Bud Grant, Dan Reeves and Marv Levy). His teams won seven NFL conference titles: 1964, 1968, 1971–73, 1982 and 1984. Shula’s teams were consistently among the least penalized in the NFL He has a winning record against every other coach he has ever faced except Levy, who he is 5–14 against during the regular season and 0–3 in the playoffs against
    BUT MOST OF ALL, HE WAS NEVER ACCUSED OF CHEATING, HE WAS AND ALWAYS BE A CLASS ACT.

  48. Flying elvis says: Dec 15, 2009 3:59 PM

    Remember how he left the Dolphins? players had enough of him. The team was a mess.

  49. mrlaloosh says: Dec 15, 2009 4:11 PM

    A Super Bowl with 2 18-0 teams would be awesome. Played in MIAMI!!! Great drama.
    I just wish Shula would lower the prices in his steak houses. OUCH!!
    Ruth’s Chris MUCH better.

  50. sofakingdope says: Dec 15, 2009 5:18 PM

    I’m actually surprised it took this long for one of these guys to voice this kind of thing.
    But I honestly thought it would be Morris first.
    But oh well…
    PS – I agree that Ruth’s Chris is awesome.

  51. hayward giablommi says: Dec 15, 2009 5:31 PM

    “BUT MOST OF ALL, HE WAS NEVER ACCUSED OF CHEATING, HE WAS AND ALWAYS BE A CLASS ACT.”
    ^^^^^
    Well, there was that time that Shula left the Baltimore Colts to become head coach of the Dolphins, in which the NFL confirmed that there was TAMPERING involved, causing the Dolphins to LOSE A FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICK.
    Guess he’s no better than that cheating, class act of a head coach you refer to.

  52. east96street says: Dec 15, 2009 6:10 PM

    Jimboleus says: “so Shula and his team knew this before the season started….”
    Where, exactly, did I say that? Oh, wait, I didn’t. I didn’t blame Shula or his team for the schedule. He didn’t make it nor did the players. I was responding to dolfan1981 gushing about how much the Dolphins accomplished with a backup QB and how neither the Saints nor the Colts could do the same (namely because they have both played teams over .500). Reading is fundamental. As for baseball, I haven’t watched a pro game in over two decades and have no desire to do so. Admitting I’m no baseball expert, I’m reasonably sure none of the Yankees Championships were won when they played an ENTIRE season of sub-.500 teams. If I’m wrong about that, I apologize. Like I said, I really don’t follow baseball.

  53. chunky soupy sales says: Dec 15, 2009 6:54 PM

    Who cares? The Dolphins were 17-0. Teams have already beaten that record.

  54. antipft says: Dec 15, 2009 9:30 PM

    There are 40+ men on any team. Look at any group of 40+ people and you have a variety of personalities. Elite humans are conditioned by society to think they are in a special class. Having such a record, they become the Elite of the Elite. It is completely natural for all to feel hope that their specialness is not taken away, and, of any group of 40 some to express it in selfish ways.
    Today’s athletes are even more conditioned to think they are special, given the money they receive, and their behavior on the field.
    What is really concerning is the behavior and statements exhibited by some who write their comments in pft, as they haven’t been conditioned by society like elite athletes but instead seem to come by their issues naturally.

  55. ToledoLions says: Dec 15, 2009 10:03 PM

    The talent nowadays is most certainly less concentrated. There were 26 teams in the NFL in 1972 while there are 32 teams now. There are 53 men on an NFL roster today and in 1972 the roster size was 40 ok. So there are 6 more teams now than in 1972 and 13 extra men on each team. That means you take 6×40=240 to account for 6 extra teams and 32×13=416 to account for the extra 13 players on each team, add them together and there are 656 more players in the NFL now than in 1972. Where do you think they come from? I’ll tell you they have to take less talented players to fill those spots.
    The NFL has to have 656 more players in it now than in 1972 and they don’t grow on trees out here. Back in 1972 there were 1,040 players in the NFL split up between the teams. So take the 1,040 best players nowadays and split them up between the 32 teams and there are only 32.5 players on each NFL team as talented as the 40 on each team back then. And don’t say players are better and more talented now because that has nothing to do with it. The teams and players now are playing against equal talent just as they were doing back in 1972. They just have to do it with more teams, a longer schedule, and a much larger talent pool which in any case anywhere waters it down and makes it less concentrated.

  56. SpartaChris says: Dec 15, 2009 10:15 PM

    Here’s hoping *someone* does it, if for no other reason than to shut these two bit ass clowns up.

  57. FormerPlayer says: Dec 16, 2009 4:29 AM

    It amazes me how many self centered idiots there are on the internet.
    Shula showed himself to be human, and told the truth. Sorry so many of you can’t handle it.
    Yeah, he wants his record to stand. So what? He still will be first in line to congratulate the coach that leads his team in breaking it. Thats good sportsmanship, something that seems to be lacking here.
    Good Grief.

  58. Wick says: Dec 16, 2009 7:52 AM

    The ONLY reason the Dolphins are now saying they’ll “be the first to congratulate” any team that rises up and goes 19-0 … is because they’ve caught a lot of heat for celebrating the failures of others by joyously popping bottles of champagne the nano-second the last undefeated team loses.
    A classy bunch? F no. And you should’ve seen the shitball schedule they played – it was NOT the era of parity. A bunch of turdball teams. The only decent team was the Vikings who outplayed them, and almost beat them before losing by 2 points late in the game.
    They’re miserable. They’re insecure. They resent how the Steelers of the ’70s are acknowledged by all as the team of the decade. And they constantly say how much they hate the fact they were known as the No Name Defense …. and how few of them made it into the NFL Hall of Fame. Even Buoniconti couldn’t stifle his resentment at his HOF speech.
    They’ve collectively suffering from a bad case of short dick syndrome – and their undefeated season still keeps them relevant.

  59. D0lphins4life says: Dec 16, 2009 9:09 AM

    Most of you HATERS and that what you are is HATERS. Would definately be thinking and saying something else if this was your team. Shula and the Dolphins didn’t have control over they’re schedule for one. Second these guys and I mean as a league played real football back then, not with all these pansy A$$ rules they have now. They played hurt (turf toe), they got hit harder than hell and penalty flags weren’t thrown because someone touched them when going for the ball. It was more of a back yard brawl. Not like now where it’s like playing two hand touch and nobody can touch the QB. The whole champagne thing came from Arnold Palmer at a charity event where Shula and several of the 72 Dolphin’s were at during the 2007 season and the Pats were close to beating the record. Also would you all really say that if you held a record such as this you wouldn’t be a tad bit selfish and hope that they would be upset. It dosen’t make you a dick it makes you human. I’m a Dolphin fan and have been my whole life, but my favorite player is Peyton Manning. So I’d like to see them do it, but I’m just as excited if they don’t. Damn that rant was long. See what you HATERS do to me.

  60. D0lphins4life says: Dec 16, 2009 9:14 AM

    Wick your an idiot and a Douche. Here’s a gun do Society a favor and take yourself out back.

  61. marinofreakout says: Dec 16, 2009 10:16 AM

    whoever thinks what the pats did outshines the 72 record is such an idiot….the pats lost the biggest, most important game of the year!!!!!!! yes im concerned that the colts and saints can do it this year but its these games in december (when teams are fighting for playoff spots) and the playoff games that will be the toughest of all season so what each has done up until this point will be tested to the utmost degree in the next 8 weeks

  62. Medinensis says: Dec 16, 2009 10:38 AM

    I’m a life long Dolphin fan and i’m tired of hearing about this undefeated crap. It’s generally acknowledged that the 17-0 Dolphins aren’t as good as other teams that have won championships, not to mention that the season was a little shorter back then, etc. So who cares if another team goes undefeated? I don’t cheer for the Colts or Saints because they are not my team, not because I am worried they might go undefeated. In other words, should they win a championship I could care less if they are 17-2, 18-1 or 19-0.
    It really really doesn’t matter.
    As for Shula, he rode Marino’s arm to claim the record as “coach with most wins,” but he wasted Marino’s talents through several horrible years of draft picks that led to a team with no running game or defense to help Marino out. And Shula’s insistence on keeping horrible Offensive and Defensive Coordinators only added to the problem.
    Shula should spend his time apologizing for that, rather than worrying about a team in this day and age going undefeated.

  63. Jimboleus says: Dec 16, 2009 11:50 AM

    The whining in here smells of Patsie Fans.
    Ya don’t hear fans the 86 Bears whining about losing a game..mmmm,,wonder who put that one blemish on a wonderful,yet not quite perfect season?
    Somebody tell Plunkett with the Raiders ,and Dillfer with the Ravens that they should give thier SB Rings back,cause they were backups?

  64. number7 says: Dec 16, 2009 11:56 AM

    ’72 Fins are the ONLY team to go undefeated until another matches them.
    They may have played 2 fewer games, but there were fewer teams. The talent pool wasn’t as diluted as it is today.
    Sorry, Pats fans… you lost the one that mattered. Close, but not undefeated.

  65. TigerS Boy ToY says: Dec 16, 2009 1:03 PM

    LET ME STATE I’AM NOT A DOLPHIN FAN, IT DOESN’T MATTER THEY PLAYED TWO LESS GAMES THAN THE PATRIOTS OR ANYONE ELSE,THEY COMPLETED THEIR NFL SCHEDULE UNDEFEATED. ALSO, THEY DIDN’T LOSE THE SUPER BOWL TO THE GIANTS, LIKE THE PATRIOTS DID.
    THE END

  66. BikerSaint says: Dec 16, 2009 1:11 PM

    After all these posts, I doubt if anyone will get this low to read mine, but here goes anyway.
    From my name you can tell I support the Saints. I would like to comment on one aspect of this argument: talent pool is watered down. I was at the first Saints game in 67′, only 5 years from the time of the fins feat. So I think my point is valid when I say that the players of yesteryear were not in the same shape as today. Players train all year now. I remember seeing Sonny Jurgensen in that Saints game, and he had a pot belly that would make a any couch potato jealous. So I don’t buy into that argument about lack of quality players today.
    I am apalled at some of the comments made about wishing players were dead, and other disparaging remarks about old people. We laugh at you, because one day YOU TOO will be old, that is if you make it that far because stupidity usually equates into a shorter life span.
    As a fan, not just a Saints Fan, I hope to see both Colts/Saints make it all the way to the SB undefeated. However as a Saints fan, I want the Saints to win, in the third OT.
    I think the PATS loss had more to do with Brady’s ankle than being complacent, but thats my opinion.
    When we recently played/beat PATS, I was impressed at how Bellichick handled himself. I have a different opinion about him now. I also thought Bob Griese was a class act. You don’t see him in these interviews do you?
    OK, I’m off now.

  67. zukith says: Dec 18, 2009 2:23 PM

    The player pool being diluted would be valid if there were the same amount of players vying for positions in the NFL today as there was in ’72. This is not the case. With the NFL now being more popular than ever, as well as the enormous salaries being offered, more and more athletes are doing all they can to make it into the NFL. The pool of quality potential players is probably at least 10X what it was in ’72.

  68. dolphinsfan4ever says: Dec 18, 2009 6:22 PM

    all you people whining about the dolphins being poor sports need to shut up.the 72 dolphins should be proud of that awesome record,i would not want it matched either so all you jealous people who are more then likely detroit lions fans who could not beat a good high school team just grow up.dolphins rule DEAL WITH IT!!!!!!

  69. jchilds23 says: Dec 22, 2009 5:07 PM

    Keep in mind the grumpy old guys played 2 teams with a winning record in ’72. They may have beaten every team they played but are far from being the best team of all time. The ’09 Saints, ’07 Pats, ’99 Rams or ’85 Bears would demolish them. And that’s just naming a few.

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