Post-Shula Dolphins likely to slip below .500

September, 21, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

If the Miami Dolphins lose this afternoon in Gillette Stadium, then they will fall one game below .500 in the post-Don Shula era. It will be the first time that has happened since they finished the 1996 season -- the first without Shula in 26 years -- with a victory for an 8-8 record.

The Dolphins then enjoyed seven straight winning seasons under Jimmy Johnson and Dave Wannstedt.

The Dolphins have lost 20 of their past 21 games. Their 0-2 start makes them 97-97 since Shula retired. Another ugly season appears to be in store, so pulling back above .500 any time soon looks difficult.

They were 26 games over .500 post-Shula heading into 2004.

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