2003 REPORT CARD: OLINDO MARE

With the Dolphins having started working on changes in preparation for the 2004 season, we take a look back at their just-completed season and examine every player's performance. Today we look at kicker Olindo Mare.

Coming into the 2003 season:

Mare established himself as one of the top kickers in the NFL over his first five seasons with the Dolphins, but he struggled somewhat in 2002 when he made only 24 of 31 field goal attempts for a career-low .774 success rate.

His performance in 2003:

Unfortunately, things didn't improve for Mare, whose field goal percentage dropped to .759. Mare did hit a game-winner in overtime against Baltimore, but his season might be most remembered for the two misses in the overtime loss to New England, one that was blocked late in regulation and another that was pushed wide right in overtime. On the plus side, Mare set a league record with 22 touchbacks, the most since the NFL switched to the K-Ball in 1999. Mare also was an impressive 4-for-6 from 50 yards or beyond, but the misses are what people remember.

His future with the team:

Mare carries an awfully big price tag for a kicker, and it's expected that the Dolphins will ask him to restructure his contract and possibly take a pay cut to remain with the team. The feeling is Mare wants to stay in Miami and both sides probably will find a way to make this work.

Grade for 2003: C-.


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