Post-Shula Dolphins likely to slip below .500

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.