MIDSEASON AWARDS

No midseason report would be complete without some awards, so here we go.<P>

OFFENSIVE MVP

The Dolphins have gotten contributions from a lot of different sources on offense, but everything has started with Jay Fiedler. Yes, he has made too many mistakes, and some of his interceptions have been difficult to watch. But the bottom line is that he also has made an awful lot of plays. Whenever you think of his interception at New York, you also have to think about his game-winning touchdown run against Oakland.

DEFENSIVE MVP

That's one is an absolute no-brainer. Linebacker Zach Thomas has been simply sensational all year. He was tremendous in the opener at Tennessee and also came up with the biggest defensive play of the game at Indianapolis. Honorable mention goes to defensive end Jason Taylor, who has been impossible to block in recent weeks.

SPECIAL TEAMS MVP

We need to mention newcomer Scott McGarrahan, who has been tremendous in kick coverage, but how can you not go with Olindo Mare? The guy is absolutely automatic on field goals and his kickoffs have been consistently deeper this season.

BEST TEAM PERFORMANCE

The temptation is to go with the victory over Oakland, but for start-to-finish execution we'll go the victory over New England. The Dolphins thoroughly dominated a Patriots team that has become a playoff contender.

BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

It's a tough call between Thomas' performance at Tennessee and rookie Chris Chambers' effort at Indianapolis last Sunday. We'll go with Thomas by a nose.

Some of the lowlight awards:

WORST TEAM PERFORMANCE

The second half at St. Louis was simply atrocious.

WORST PLAY

That one's easy — Fiedler's interception on a first-and-goal with just over a minute left and the Dolphins trailing the Jets by four. That was one pass he tried to force, when the smart thing would have been to simply throw the ball away.


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