Miami Dolphins Preview: What Might Have Been

For all the gargantuan shit stains Nick Saban left on the Dolphins' proverbial bed, no shit stain was as big a shit stain as the shit stain he left in the form of not signing Drew Brees when the Chargers made him available. Instead, Saban went with Daunte Culpepper. The rest is, of course, Dolphins shit stain history. Brees went to the Saints, where he is demolishing every passing record known to man, while Culpepper was an utter train wreck from day one. Saban eventually bolted after the 2006 season to the Alabama Crimson Tide, where he would be able to do what he could not in the NFL without repercussion -- namely, being a dick and bullying players.

The Dolphins, meanwhile, were left in shambles. Saban was replaced by the much more well-mannered yet equally inept Cam Cameron. The Fins went into a tailspin and crashed in a fiery heap until Bill Parcells arrived and fixed things. Such is the impact of one big idiotic decision by one very small douchebag.  

Brees comes to town this Sunday for the first time since the Fins opted to suck. Here are the keys to the game:

Run Ronnie Till He Pukes a Shoe: The best defense against Drew Brees is

to keep him on the sidelines. And the best way to do that is to run the

number one running back down the Saints' crawfish-eatin' maws. All.

Day. Long. Ronnie Brown is averaging 4.8 yards per carry. And most of

the damage is being done via the Wildcat, the formation that everyone

seems to hate yet seems to be doing themselves. But no one

runs it better than Miami. And while the Saints D has been very good in

stopping the run, they're giving up an average of 8.2 yards to Wildcat plays. Ronnie needs to gorge on the

ball like Rex Ryan gorges on a can of frosting.

Sean Smith and His Balls Must Step Up: It's no secret the

Dolphin secondary has been craptastic. They give up

big plays and are notorious for making average receivers look like

Jerry Rice. But there have been flashes of promise. The Fins drafted

corners Vontae Davis and Sean Smith this year. Davis has already had

himself a pick-six this season. While Smith, the one most believe is the

better of the two, has held his own. When the Fins faced off against

the Saints earlier this year in a preseason game, Smith made a

spectacular one-handed interception in the end zone. Sure, it was

against Mark Brunell, not Brees. But still. That one play proved

beyond a shadow of a doubt that Sean Smith is a big heaping

sack of balls and has the athletic ability to shut down receivers. He

needs to step up this Sunday.

I, Robot: Chad Henne proved against the Jets he can hold his own

under pressure. New York looked to blitz and rattle

the young QB, but he answered with big touchdown drives using his

laser-rocket arm and built-in sensory control systems. If this

Sunday turns into a shootout, the Fins will have to again rely on

Henne and his poise (that's right, Deadspin. I said it.

POISE!) to bail them out. All of this will of course depend on Ted Ginn

and his not running routes like he's being chased by a bee. Let's hope

that it doesn't come down to that.


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Chris Joseph