The Miami Dolphins are in position for a record setting new year in their third season under Head Coach Brian Flores. If they get into the postseason, they will be the first team in NFL history to do so after a 1 - 7 start. Their reemergence in the playoff picture comes on the heels of a seven game winning streak.
The Dolphins currently occupy the seventh seed in the AFC playoff race with a record of 8 - 7. Qualifying won't be easy with two games remaining against the currently playoff bound Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots.
The second NFL season played under Covid-19 protocol is providing plenty of last minute surprises as to which players take the field. There's no telling if a Covid related roster change may tip the balance in favor of the Dolphins versus the Titans or Patriots. As neither remaining opponent has secured a postseason berth, the prospect of either team resting starters appears unlikely.
Observers have to be impressed with how the team has maintained its focus. Through frequent changes at QB between Brissett and Tagovailoa to the DeShaun Watson trade rumors that won't go way, there have been sufficient distractions.
One undeniable bright spot has been the play of rookie WR Jaylen Waddle. The former Crimson Tide teammate of Tagovailoa is within six catches of Anquan Boldin's rookie reception record. With two games remaining, Waddle's entry into the record book looks secure.
The Dolphins last appearance in post season play was an opening round wildcard loss to the Steelers following the 2016 season. A playoff berth could solidify the standing of head coach Brian Flores who is showing an ability to get inspired performances from players under the specter of seemingly constant rumor.