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Weekly Miami Dolphins prediction

The Dolphins(5-7) play host to New England(9-3) this afternoon. Last week’s loss to Jacksonville pretty much eliminated any playoff chances for Miami. They were a pipe dream any way. With four weeks to go, Saban continues to look short-term rather than long-term. Veterans will continue to play, rather give playing time to rookies. What for? The season is done, every DT on the team is a free agent next year. Give Frederick Evans or Kevin Vickerson a chance to prove themselves. Heck, bench Joey Harrington and lets see if Cleo Lemon can play QB. What good is a 3rd string QB who has little or no real playing time experience. So give Lemon the ball today. Nick Saban will have none of this.

My prediction for today’s game- New England 28, Miami 10.

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Unfortunately, in today’s NFL, the longest term you’re allowed to think in is two years. If, after two years, you haven’t completely turned your team around and made them playoff contenders, you’ll get fired. (Except for Mike Nolan, who apparently has Something Special that keeps the 49ers from even THINKING about firing him.)

Winning out last season helped, but the Culpepper fiasco didn’t, nor did the fact that Drew Brees is having an Offensive-Player-Of-The-Year-Except-That-LT-Is-Even-Better season.

Next year is Saban’s last chance. He has to retain his veterans, get some serious help for Joey Harrington, upgrade the O-Line even more, and use the off-season to shore up the secondary. If he doesn’t do even one of those things, I guarantee he won’t get a fourth season with the Dolphins.

Posted by The Former Blogger Formerly Known as Josh Cohen | December 11, 2006 | 09:47 am | Permalink

I’d say Parcells and Gibbs got that exemption, too.

This is Parcells’ fourth year with the Cowboys; he likely has them playoff bound finally.

Gibbs is in his third year of his second stint with the Redskins. So far, they’re awful.

Posted by James Joyner | December 11, 2006 | 01:46 pm | Permalink

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