And that is a wrap.
Finishing with a 20-10 win over their division rivals, the New England Patriots, the Miami Dolphins 2015 season finally comes to a merciful end.
Before we look forward to the inevitable coaching search and the immediate future of the franchise we must look at how we got here.
6-10. No one expected 6 and 10. While many national media and local beat writers are enjoying taking shots at the Dolphins the last few months before the season they sang a different tune.
Everything was coming up roses. So how were we all so wrong.
Is this team as bad as some would portray it?
The short answer is no? The longer answer? No…what are you simple?
A bad season does not make for a bad team. It also does not make promising players failures either. Everyone wants the easy answer: It’s the coaches fault? The schemes do not fit? This player/that player are getting too old? The quarterback sucks?
None of these are completely true and not one of these is entirely the answer. As usual there are so very many moving parts that contributed to this particular dumpster fire.
Coming from a literary background I think I may have come across an apt description of the 2015 Miami Dolphins.
Jekyll and Hyde
Yes Jekyll and Hyde. Surely you remember the story. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson(reportedly an ancestor of yours truly). A man of two parts. Mild-mannered Jekyll and monsterous Hyde. That is as apt a description of this season as any.
At times, more often than not, the team has been a train wreck. Offense or defense, if not both, playing so poorly that it is hard to clearly tell where the problems begin. There are the flashes of brilliance. Moments where we all think: If only we could see this consistently then the team could go somewhere.
The good if you will is the Jekyll, the bad-well the bad is our Mr.Hyde. If only we could have seen the good more often this season, well it would have been an entirely different ballgame.
At the end of the season we say three complete games. Against the Houston Texans, the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots. Three complete games. Out of sixteen. That will never be enough.
So as we look forward this is not a team that needs to be flushed down the toilet. There are diamonds here. This is a team that has demons that need to be chased away. Rather than being a team of two parts, the good and the bad, this team needs to find itself.
A new coach will give this team an identity.
It has needed one for far too long.