Dolphins players ignoring dire predictions

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The latest odds for winning the Super Bowl have the Browns at 75-1. And the Dolphins at 100-1.

The lack of faith in the Fins among gamblers has spread to the media, which has marked Miami as a team destined to struggle in 2018. Dolphins players are ignoring the noise.

“You see stuff that’s a lot of negative stuff,” cornerback Xavien Howard said Wednesday at the Junior Dolphins Summer Camp, via Chris Perkins of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “I try to keep a lot of positive around me.”

Added cornerback Tony Lippett: “I don’t pay attention to it. All we can control is what we can control.”

“I stay away from it,” said tackle Eric Smith. “That way you never get boosted up or get your feelings hurt.”

Another approach would be to embrace it as motivation. This is a team that went to the playoffs in 2016, and that struggled last year through every kind of adversity imaginable, from hurricane to injury and everything in between. With the expectations now as low as they can be, the Dolphins can provide even more of a surprise than they did in 2016 by finagling a playoff berth in 2018.

If they don’t, no one will be surprised. If they do, Adam Gase could be on track to be named coach of the year — especially in light of the currently dire predictions.

36 responses to “Dolphins players ignoring dire predictions

  1. The only sure win Miami can circle on their schedule is when Patriots come to town. For some unknown reason Belichick nor Brady can find a way to cheat down there.

  2. The only sure win Miami can circle on their schedule is when Patriots come to town. For some unknown reason Belichick nor Brady can find a way to cheat down there.

    The annual December Super Bowl for the phins. Patriots usually have a first round bye wrapped up at that point and rest players. Also mostly a home game for the Patriots since the phins can’t even sell out their own stadium.

  3. …or maybe the Dolphins are able to cheat better in their home stadium/temporary wetlands.

  4. “All we can control is what we can control.”

    Lippett hit the nail on the head there. They should simply focus on their game and play it. Whatever happens happens whether good or bad. But if they let themselves get distracted that only increases the chances if bad.

  5. Another approach would be to embrace it as motivation.

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    If you need that for motivation, you shouldn’t be playing in the NFL. I’d ignore it too. I’s only speculation. But, I’d bet Vegas is close on this one.

  6. patriotmaleorgy says:
    June 28, 2018 at 9:59 am
    The only sure win Miami can circle on their schedule is when Patriots come to town. For some unknown reason Belichick nor Brady can find a way to cheat down there.

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    Its kind of amusing to see a fan base assume their own team wont be good this year and not sound like they care either, yet still predict a win over the Patriots and sound like that one thing is everything to them. A nation of Rex Ryans.

  7. joetoronto says:
    June 28, 2018 at 10:05 am
    They’ll do better than the lowly Bills.

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    And yet the Bills made the playoffs last year while the Raiders stayed home and watched

  8. “At least we aren’t Cleveland”

    Miami is a much more fun place to hang out than Cleveland, I’ll give you that one.

  9. joetoronto says:
    June 28, 2018 at 10:05 am
    They’ll do better than the lowly Bills.

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    And yet the Bills made the playoffs last year while the Raiders stayed home and watched
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    And put a whooping on them in the regular season as well.

  10. Things change quickly in the NFL. Officials never seem to find the Patriots for holding like they do every other team, but the Patriots are one hit away on the quarterback from mediocrity.

  11. They should ignore it. As a fan it is easy to be overly optimistic with potential or pessimistic with frustration. The local writers have some sort of vendetta against Tannehill that has spilled into the fans and the national media. The national media really does not pay attention to teams that are not major powerhouses or so popular as to drive clicks/views/profits so they rely on the local guys with axes to grind for their information. Objectively looking at this team, they are unquestionably better on defense than in 2016. Throw away last year because there were simply too many major injuries and distractions to draw any conclusions. As for offense, QB is roughly the same (injury decline cancels out with more knowledge of the system), WRs are roughly the same talent level, tight ends are better (not hard to do) and the line is arguably better. The national media sees the loss of Landry/Suh/Pouncey and thinks the team got worse. Suh is definitely a loss but that is mitigated by an upgraded LB and secondary. Pouncey was a liability the last couple years but he has been replaced with a guy with a bit of an injury history (IIRC) so it is a wash except for interaction with the rest of the line which is not yet determined. Landry had some fire and some stats but he is not what the national media think he is. Landry is good, not great. Many of his numbers are inflated due to overuse as a safety valve check-down and the lack of a TE and his inability to control his emotions hurt critical drives. This year will be interesting. I can see the team doing well and making the playoffs but history tells me there is a good chance that something ridiculous can happen to kill the season. As for being one of the worst teams, I would bet against that.

  12. Just more proof of the top class competition the Pats get to face every year…who’s the best QB Brady has had to play twice a year in that division? Mark Sandchez?…

  13. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    June 28, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Just more proof of the top class competition the Pats get to face every year…who’s the best QB Brady has had to play twice a year in that division? Mark Sandchez?…

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    Who is the best QB Brady has to face in any division? It doesnt matter because because they keep winding up top seed regardless of who they played.

    And BTW, Tannehill is better than a lot of QBs Brady faces around the league so that was a bad example.

  14. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    June 28, 2018 at 11:23 am
    Just more proof of the top class competition the Pats get to face every year…who’s the best QB Brady has had to play twice a year in that division? Mark Sandchez?…

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    Does it matter? Brady and the Pats beat teams outside the division the same percentage of time as the do the teams in the AFC East. In fact, unlike the teams in the cream-puff AFC North, the teams in the AFC east typically find a way to beat the Pats at least once per season…..

  15. I’m putting $100 bucks on the Browns and the Dolphins to win it all. What the heck, it’s only money. Who knows, I may get lucky!

  16. The point is the Pats don’t win their Division “every” year if they had to face better QBs than Mark Sandchez…

  17. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    June 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    The point is the Pats don’t win their Division “every” year if they had to face better QBs than Mark Sandchez…

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    Why? They face other QBs regularly and beat them the same percentage of the time. It does not matter which division they play in. The results would be the same.

  18. You know it’s the off-season when we are reading articles like this and contemplating the info provided in the article. Let’s remind ourselves how many teams have won the SB after a terrible year the year before. Back up QBs have won the SB before but people still tell you that you need a Montana or Brady back there. If you know the history of football you know that this article wouldn’t be written if we were in September already.

  19. Jake Cunningham says:
    June 28, 2018 at 12:39 pm
    I’m putting $100 bucks on the Browns and the Dolphins to win it all. What the heck, it’s only money. Who knows, I may get lucky!
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    Two thoughts come to mind on that comment:
    1. I have beach front property for sale in South Dakota if you are interested.
    2. A fool and his money are soon parted.

  20. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    June 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    The point is the Pats don’t win their Division (blah…blah)…
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    Actually the point is completely lost on you. Anyone making the weak division argument for New England’s success has to be a fool not to realize geographically the Pats are in the Northeast and belong in either a Northern or Eastern division. Brady’s win percentage against North or East divisions: : AFCE .792, NFCE .813, AFCN .833, NFCN .875. So how is it that they benefit from the AFCE when they beat the Pats with more regularity than any other division the Pats might find themselves in? Which of those ‘better’ divisions would you rather the Pats be in? BTW those AFCN numbers are despite only playing only the top team (best QB?) in that division 2 of every 3 years. I am sure now that you have real numbers you will reconsider your position as any sensible person would.

    As for Miami having worse odds than the Browns to win it all everyone should slow their roll for a moment and realize you have to get to the tournament in order to win it. The Browns do have a better chance of either winning their powder puff division or getting a wildcard than the Fins. The AFCE is playing the AFCS and NFCN while the AFCN is playing the weaker AFCW and NFCS. The path to a wildcard berth is significantly easier for teams in that division as evidenced by the much better odds they are all getting.

  21. my_old_name_was_offensive says:
    June 28, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    The point is the Pats don’t win their Division “every” year if they had to face better QBs than Mark Sandchez…
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    These Pats only win every year courtesy of the AFCE are so old and wrong, all you do is prove how salty and ignorant a troll you are:
    Brady Pats v AFCE = 76-20, v AFCN = 25-5, v AFCS = 24-5, v AFCW = 21-12
    Brady Pats v NFCE = 13-3, v NFCN = 14-2, v NFCS = 12-4, v NFCW = 10-5
    In short, Brady’s record against EVERY division in the NFL is impressive and he finds FIVE other divisions easier than the AFCE. Only the western divs keep him human and at least some of that is down to distance (and altitude).

  22. Why should players or anyone give 2 hoots about what clowns like Woody Paige, Skip Bayless, etc… think?

  23. Fins have played well against the Pats in Miami but this year will see them win in New England. This team if healthy will surprise the league and beat the Patriots on the Patriots home field.

  24. Most on here seem to imply that it is somehow the Pats fault that the teams in their division allow them to constantly win the division…,.
    It’s a salary cap era…. Pats have had 2 1st rounders & a 4th STOLEN from them & STILL DOMINATE BOTH THE ENTIRE AFC & LEAGUE (for the most part)…..itsNOT the Pats fault other teams are poorly coached or have no idea how to draft/squire the correct FA’s….,.
    Pats have a great owner that knows how to evaluate the correct people to do the jobs they were hired for & let them do it…. DEAL WITH IT !!!!

  25. “Most on here seem to imply that it is somehow the Pats fault that the teams in their division allow them to constantly win the division…,.”

    Not me. I think it’s the Refs fault. I bring you the infamous “illegal touching of the ball” penalty Miami rec’d when they strip sacked Brady as they were driving to win the game. Had the sack stood, Miami would have recovered the ball, maintained the lead, and won the game and knocked NE out of the playoffs. Just saying I have never in my life seen that call and I’ve been watching football for 40 years.

  26. So what we are saying is ” don’t put any green on the Dolphin or Browns. For me that’s a sensible approach. And we might have made the playoffs 2 years ago but never really looked like a playoff team. Just making up the numbers.

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