DAVIE, Fla. -- The preseason hype surrounding the Miami Dolphins has been virtually erased after the team’s abysmal 1-3 start. Miami has looked uninspired during its three-game losing streak and, subsequently, fired head coach Joe Philbin.
But that hasn’t dampened the optimism of Miami owner Stephen Ross, who expects the Dolphins to still make a playoff push in these final 12 games.
“I believe that this team has a lot of opportunities. At least we thought it does,” Ross said during his conference call this week. “And I believe in it. So it’s a long season. My goal is still to make the playoffs, and I thought this was the best opportunity we had to make the playoffs by making a decision and picking Dan Campbell as our head coach.”
Ross was very excited about this year’s team heading into the regular season. He paid $114 million for the biggest free agent on the market -- Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh -- and drafted the receiver the team coveted in first-round pick in DeVante Parker.
The Dolphins believed they addressed many of their issues from last year when the team went 8-8. This was expected to be the year Miami got over the hump and ended its six-year playoff drought.
However, according to ESPN Stats and Information, only 13 percent of teams since 1990 that started 1-3 made the playoffs. The Dolphins have a lot of issues on both sides of the football and look much closer to the 87 percent of teams that didn’t overcome the slow start.
Despite its talent on paper, Miami right now is simply a bad football team. Is it possible Ross overestimated his roster?
“Hey that could be. That we’ll find out if I did or didn’t,” Ross said. “Today, with the salary cap and everything, there’s no such thing as having a perfect roster. But we I think have a lot of great players on our team. We knew where our weaknesses were and we thought we could overcome those weaknesses, and develop players that could play at that level.”