It's Looking Like a Long Year

We really didn't want to overract after the season-opening loss at Washington, but after Sunday's loss to Dallas where the Dolphins clearly were overmatched it's pretty obvious that the rebuilding project is going to take some time. And, even though we certainly don't wish for this, it's possible that things will get worse before they get better.

Simply put, the Dolphins look every bit as bad a football team this year as they did last year, if not worse.

On offense, the running game appears to have regressed. The passing game is the same as it has been for the past several years, which means there is little downfield threat and inconsistency at quarterback and in the receiving corps.

Trent Green had a pretty good opener at Washington and then had a decent first half and great first second-half drive, but then he couldn't do anything right.

There actually were times in the second half when it looked like A.J. Feeley was back at quarterback for the Dolphins.

It's clear that Green is going to have better days, but even with Green on the mark at Washington the Dolphins managed only 13 points.

This offense has shown no signs through two games that it's going to be appreciably better than it was last season, which means you're going to see the Dolphins scoring 14-17 most weeks and sometimes get into the 20s, especially if they're playing catch-up.

It's on defense where it looks like the defense really have regressed.

In the first two games, the Dolphins have generated practically nothing in terms of a pass rush and they also have had their problems against the run, particularly against Washington.

It's also not a good sign that early on the most impressive newcomer has been kicker Jay Feely.

The draft picks have added little, particularly on offense.

Ted Ginn Jr. and Lorenzo Booker were supposed to add some explosiveness on offense, but it hasn't happened in the first two games, and there's reason to wonder whether that'll happen at any point this season -- certainly not soon enough to make a difference.

It's a sobering time for the Dolphins and their fans, who thought that the arrival of Cameron might be the difference that could get the franchise back on the right track.

We're still confident that will happen, but the first two weeks of the 2007 season have shown that it's probably going to take longer than anyone anticipated.


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