Which story most defined the Dolphins last season?
Was it the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin bullying scandal? This was a national story that caught the attention of CNN, TMZ and other non-sports news outlets. The NFL is still working to complete its investigation on this situation.
What about Miami’s late-season collapse? The Dolphins had a playoff berth at their fingertips. But two bad losses to the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets ended Miami’s season. That resulted in the firing of offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and a “parting of ways” with general manager Jeff Ireland.
Michael Thomas helping beat the New England Patriots also was a big story. Miami’s defensive back was claimed off the practice five days earlier. However, Thomas found himself playing a prominent role on Miami’s defense in the fourth quarter. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wisely threw Thomas’ way twice on the final drive, but Thomas made a key pass defense and interception to end the game. Miami snapped a seven-game losing streak against New England.
Finally, the Dolphins’ 3-0 start put Miami in the spotlight. It was unexpected and had fans thinking of a playoff run.
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