AFC East: Trace Armstrong

Biggest letdown seasons of past 25 years

May, 17, 2011
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Sean McCormick of Football Outsiders studied the past 25 years to come up with a list of the NFL's 10 most disappointing teams for ESPN Insider.

Two AFC East clubs and a Bill Belichick team made the cut.

The 1995 Cleveland Browns were 10th. Belichick took Cleveland to the playoffs the year before and got off to a 3-1 start before owner Art Modell's shocking decision to move the team to Baltimore. Cleveland meekly limped to a 5-11 exit.

Ninth were the 1996 New York Jets. They'd gone an unpromising 3-13 the year before, but McCormick rattles off a list of expensive veteran acquisitions that were supposed to turn around Rick Kotite's squad: quarterback Neil O'Donnell, left tackle Jumbo Elliott and right tackle David Williams. The Jets also drafted receiver Keyshawn Johnson first overall. They went 1-15.

The 1995 Miami Dolphins came in fifth. That was Don Shula's swan song. They'd gone 10-6 the previous season, winning the AFC East with a healthy Dan Marino. They added tight end Eric Green, defensive end Trace Armstrong and cornerback Terrell Buckley. They got off to a 4-0 start but fizzled as a wild-card playoff team and a quick exit.

Around the AFC East: Keep the Jets-Jones peace

June, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

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Porter has plenty to crow about for Miami

November, 4, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

I think it's safe to say AFC East quarterbacks want Brandon Marshall to shut up.

Most Sacks By a Dolphin Through
First 8 Games (Since 1982)
Through the first eight games of the 2008 season, Joey Porter has the most sacks by a Dolphins player. Here's how he ranks in team history:
PlayerYearNo.Total
1. Joey Porter 2008 11.5 ?
2. Trace Armstrong 2000 11.0 16.5
3. Bryan Cox 1992 10.0 14.0
4. Jeff Cross 1990 9.0 11.5
Adewale Ogunleye 2003 9.0 15.0
Most Sacks In the NFL Through
First 8 Games (Since 1982)
Player, TeamYearNo.Total
1. Michael Strahan, NYG 2001 14.0 22.5
2. La'Roi Glover, N.O. 2000 12.0 17.0
Kevin Greene, Carolina 1998 12.0 15.0
4. Joey Porter, Miami 2008 11.5 ?

Now.

The Denver Broncos receiver was a verbal target for Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Joey Porter on Sunday. The Dolphins won 26-17, holding Marshall without a catch in the first half and to just two for the game.

Marshall publicly responded to Porter on Tuesday. The Broncos and Dolphins won't play each other again (unless they both make the playoffs), but given the fact Porter converts trash talk to into fuel, upcoming opponents can't be too thrilled.

Porter is having an epic campaign and, with a strong homestretch, could wrangle defensive player of the year honors.

Porter leads the NFL with 11.5 sacks,
already a career-high for the three-time Pro Bowler. He is on pace to break Michael Strahan's NFL season sacks record of 22.5.

Since sacks became an official NFL stat, Porter is off to the best start among any Dolphins player through eight games. That's saying something for a franchise that's featured such defensive stars as Jason Taylor, Trace Armstrong, Bryan Cox, Doug Betters and Bill Stanfill.

Even when including Miami's unofficial sack leaders before 1982, Porter is on pace to obliterate the franchise record. Stanfill and Taylor share it with 18.5 sacks.

Porter has at least a half-sack in each of his past six games and a full sack in four straight games.

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