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    OPINION Hyde5: Five Dolphins thoughts from the Super Bowl

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/m...20,print.story

    Here's how the Super Bowl applies to the Dolphins plans and thoughts:

    1. Offense wins championships.
    These were the two most old-school teams in the NFL. Two great running backs. Strong defenses. Coaches trusting in traditional means to win. And look what happened. A 34-31 game. A game where throwing again decided the affairs. This isn’t to say you don’t need balance – of course, you have to build a defense. Of course, Baltimore’s defensive stand at the goal line closed the game. But the lesson once again for the Dolphins is you need to score points. They only scored more than the 49ers’ losing 31 points once in 2011 (35 against Oakland). This Super Bowl was the norm, too. In the four games of the semi-final weekend, no team scored fewer than Seattle’s 28 points (all in the second half) in losing to Atlanta. Once upon a time, defense was the blueprint to win championships. Only someone clinging to yesterday still thinks that in the NFL today.

    2. The receiving corps matters more and more.
    Who made whom in this game? Did Joe Flacco make the receivers, as quarterbacks traditionally are thought to do for receivers? Or did the receivers make Flacco the MVP? Flacco had a great game, no doubt. But Jacoby Jones got 10 yards behind the 49ers secondary, came back for an underthrown ball, then beat two defenders to the end zone for a 56-yard touchdown. Anquan Boldin caught a jump-ball pass for a 31-yard catch on a third down. This underlines what everyone knows: Ryan Tannehill needs help. When Tom Brady lost his favorite weapon in Rob Gronkowski, he could beat the Dolphins, but the offense suffered against the league’s best teams. I still think a quarterback can turn an average receiver into a good one, and a good one into a great one. But more and more you see receivers are helping make quarterbacks, too.


    3. The best teams don’t win – the ones that play the best do.
    An illegal formation on the first play of the game by San Francisco? That kind of sums up the 49ers day. San Francisco, to me, had the better talent and should have won the game. But Baltimore played a near-perfect game and executed their game plan perfectly. Both these teams were well-coached. But Baltimore played better this night.


    4. And next year I'm rooting for a snowstorm in New York next year.
    The Superdome is 38 years old and acted every bit of that on Sunday in a power outage of 34 minutes. I’m expecting a publicly-funded proposal to update the stadium come out from the Saints any day now. San Diego, New Orleans and South Florida should be part of any Super Bowl rotation. They’re the best cities for holding Super Bowls. But the stadium has canceled San Diego from plans, New Orleans looks in trouble … and Sun Life? The point is this: the NFL should be helping pay for these updates because these cities are crucial to Super Bowl success. The truth is these renovations are for the Dolphins and the Super Bowl is a shield. As I wrote with the Marlins, Panthers and Heat, the public shouldn’t be asked to keep dumping hundreds of millions of dollars into stadiums.


    5. You’re never as far away as you look.
    Entering the2011, the 49ers were coming off a 6-10 season, didn’t have a proven quarterback and had a new coach and general manager. That 2011 draft, their top two picks were pass-rushing defensive end Aldon Smith and quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Added to what they had their, and adding Jim Harbaugh to the mix, they were on their way. One good off-season can change everything. The Dolphins fans keep hoping for that off-season.


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    What I took from this playoffs as a whole is how far the Dolphins are away. Even teams that the Dolphins had played against had clearly elevated their games during the playoffs in ways that I don't think the Dolphins would've been able to.

    And now I see MGM's odds for the 2014 Super Bowl and they have the Dolphins at 50-1 odds, tied with Tampa Bay. Only the Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Browns, Cardinals, Raiders and Titans have worse odds.
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    The Bills have better odds??
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    Quote Originally Posted by stu smiley View Post
    The Bills have better odds??
    Oops. Sorry. Yes the Bills have worse odds than Miami at 75-1.

    So according to Las Vegas, Miami's odds for winning the Super Bowl rank 23rd/24th out of 32 teams.

    By the way, the Jets are 30-1. With Mark Sanchez still at quarterback.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckparrothead View Post
    What I took from this playoffs as a whole is how far the Dolphins are away. Even teams that the Dolphins had played against had clearly elevated their games during the playoffs in ways that I don't think the Dolphins would've been able to.

    And now I see MGM's odds for the 2014 Super Bowl and they have the Dolphins at 50-1 odds, tied with Tampa Bay. Only the Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Browns, Cardinals, Raiders and Titans have worse odds.
    I think that is accurate. We're at least 20 points a game away from being competitive at that level. I see us needing to upgrade at 6 positions (2 WR, TE, 2 OG, OT) on offense and 4 positions (2 CB, DE, LB) on defense over the 2012 roster to have a legitimate shot at winning the Super Bowl. We're not going to get there in one off-season, even if Ireland hits on every draft pick and every free agent acquisiton.
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    Sorry, but it's hard to believe that a team with statistically the worst 4 year QB starter since JaMarcus, a HC who's proven to be more cluless than not over his tenure, which we decisively beat... and that has lost 14 out of their last 25 games is more likely to win the SB. That's unless they of course find a way to get out of Cap Hell and sign Alex Smith, Anquan Bolden and Wallace among others, as Morningwood does seem to be a decent OC (and HC in waiting?).






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    Quote Originally Posted by ckparrothead View Post
    What I took from this playoffs as a whole is how far the Dolphins are away. Even teams that the Dolphins had played against had clearly elevated their games during the playoffs in ways that I don't think the Dolphins would've been able to.

    And now I see MGM's odds for the 2014 Super Bowl and they have the Dolphins at 50-1 odds, tied with Tampa Bay. Only the Jaguars, Chiefs, Rams, Browns, Cardinals, Raiders and Titans have worse odds.
    Odds are a funny thing. What was San Fran's odds coming off their 6-10 season in 2010? Or Baltimore after their ****ty 2007 season where they lost to the Dolphins?



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    I think it's true that defense no longer wins championships but that does not mean offense wins championships.

    The truth is that the most complete TEAM which peaks at the right time wins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckparrothead View Post
    What I took from this playoffs as a whole is how far the Dolphins are away. Even teams that the Dolphins had played against had clearly elevated their games during the playoffs in ways that I don't think the Dolphins would've been able to.
    When was the last time Miami elevated its game in the playoffs? Certainly not in the last decade plus. I'd say maybe in the divisional round in 1992. And they quickly descended again the following week.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ckparrothead View Post
    Oops. Sorry. Yes the Bills have worse odds than Miami at 75-1.

    So according to Las Vegas, Miami's odds for winning the Super Bowl rank 23rd/24th out of 32 teams.

    By the way, the Jets are 30-1. With Mark Sanchez still at quarterback.
    That doesnt tell me that Miami sucks, it tells me that the oddsmakers havent figured it out yet
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