They remain vital part of the team, but it's some new additions — namely Ricky Williams and offensive coordinator Norv Turner — that could make the biggest difference on Sunday.
That, and the Dolphins' tremendous home-field advantage in September. Remember that the Dolphins haven't lost at home in August or September since 1993.
But we also need to point out that that last loss was to those same Jets.
What follows is a glance at the Dolphins-Jets matchup.
WHO: Miami Dolphins (2-0) vs. New York Jets (1-1)
WHEN: Sunday, 1 p.m. ET
WHERE: Pro Player Stadium, Miami, Fla.
TV: CBS (Greg Gumbel, play-by-play; Phil Simms, analysis; Armen Keteyian, sidelines)
LINE: Miami by 6
COACHES: Dolphins, Dave Wannstedt (3rd year with team); Jets, Herman Edwards (2nd year)
SERIES RECORD: Jets lead 37-35-1
LAST FIVE MEETINGS: 2001 at Miami, Jets 24, Dolphins 0; 2001 at New York, Jets 21, Dolphins 17; 2000 at Miami, Jets 20, Dolphins 3; 2000 at New York, Jets 40, Dolphins 37 (OT); 1999 at Miami, Jets 38, Dolphins 31
INJURIES: Dolphins — TE Desmond Clark (forearm) is out; S Scott McGarrahan (groin), LB Twan Russell (knee) and CB Patrick Surtain (knee) are questionable; DE David Bowens (hand), T Mark Dixon (ankle), CB Omare Lowe (ankle), DE Jason Taylor (neck), T Todd Wade (ankle) and S Shawn Wooden (shoulder) are probable.
Jets — CB Jamie Henderson (shoulder), FS Damien Robinson (groin) and T Chris Smith (knee) are questionable; WR Laveranues Coles (knee), G J.P. Machado (thumb) and G Randy Thomas (groin) are probable.