History will not look kindly upon the 2019 Dolphins when it comes to wins and losses. After this past Sunday's defeat to the New York Jets, the Fins are 3-10. That's who they are until next week. It's been a bad season.
It wasn't all bad, though. Some good actually came from a season full of intentional ass-kickings, salary cap dumps, and injuries.
1. Brian Flores has proven he's up to the challenge of being an NFL head coach. Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores was never going to be judged by the team's record heading into a season that everyone expected to be horrific regardless of whether an ex-Patriots defensive coordinator or Don Shula was coaching. But living the nightmare that is a double-digit-loss season tends to be hard to forget. Nobody was coaching this Dolphins squad to a playoff appearance.
“I think Brian Flores should be coach of the year”@Foxworth24 says he owes Chris Grier, Brian Flores and the Dolphins roster an apology because of the way they’ve overachieved this season. pic.twitter.com/7PQdczZAP4— The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated) December 4, 2019
After a pair of historically brutal 59-10 and 43-0 losses and a 0-7 start to the season, garnering any praise for his first stab at being a head coach looked pretty bleak for Flores. But somehow that has happened in the past few weeks as the Dolphins continue to compete even as their roster churns into a fine powder of nothingness. Flores stood in the eye of the storm through all of those early losses, regrouped, and eventually, it seems, won over the locker room and earned the respect of Dolphins players.
The Dolphins compete each and every week even when it doesn't make any sense. That's the sign of a coach who knows how to get more from less.
Entering last Sunday's game, Charlton had five sacks with the Dolphins since being acquired in Week 3. He has earned not only a roster spot but also a starting role on a defense begging for playmakers to emerge. Scoring a recent first-round pick for free almost never happens in the NFL unless law enforcement and/or drugs are involved. Charlton has had no issues in Miami, and he's likely to be a solid piece of the team's rebuilding efforts.
Though Parker had some success this season, his seven catches for 159 yards and two touchdowns in the 37-31 victory against the Eagles blew the doors off his season, which is sure to land him a great contract this offseason. Parker is now a lock to have more than 1,000 receiving yards this season, and he's already bested his career record for touchdown catches.
The Dolphins have a clear number one wideout to rebuild with if they choose to pay Parker this offseason. At this point, that seems likely.
The Fins never quit this season and continued to put on a show even when it was clear they should pack it up. Not bad for a team expected to lose on purpose.
Dolphins fans, though frustrated and angry with a double-digit-loss season, never checked out. Hard Rock Stadium was, for the most part, filled most games. The majority of Dolphins fans would likely say they are more invested in the franchise's future than they are in this week's game against the New York Giants.
Dolphins fans more than stick around: They're on social media debating the greatest way to move forward. A lot of other fan bases would have used their Sundays for something else.