The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins: Survival of the Limpest

Monday night The New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins face each other, while both facing the fates of their future this season. The 2-3 Jets are fighting for their right to keep talking, because lets face it, no one likes a loudmouth loser. The Dolphins are coming off a bye week in which they could have made a change to a struggling team that has started 0-4, and are primed to either salvage or tank their season.

For both teams, Monday night is a must win. The Jets seem to be coming apart at the seams, the mid-week trade of Derrick Mason raised suspicions that the once cohesive locker room has gone renegade.

This came after reports that Mason, Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes were unhappy about how the offense was run by OC Brian Schottenheimer. However, their problems extend over to the defensive half of the ball too. The defensive line can’t hold up against the run, usually a staple of a Ryan defense.

After being run on by the past three opponents, the Jets have to find a remedy fast or the trickle down effect could be crippling. The depth at linebacker is getting dangerously thin with the season ending injury to Bryan Thomas.

There’s a growing group of Dolphins fans who are prescribing to the theory of “Suck for Luck”, just tank this season and go get the best college QB prospect to come out in years.

Really? The Dolphins are 0-4 and through a few good wins and some “Luck” could get back in the race. A win over the Jets would not only put them in the win column, it would put the one game back of the Jets. 

We’re still trying to figure out why the Dolphins have been so bad. They have solid running backs in Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush, a very good WR corp with a standout in Brandon Marshall, and a decent offensive line. Okay, the QB situation is a bit messy, but Matt Moore has had two weeks to get ready for the Jets. The “Suck for Luck” theory gained some credence when the Dolphins signed Sage Rosenfels. When asked about his shape,Rosesnfels replied:

 “I’m not in the type of shape I’d like to be, but we all knew that would be the case,” he said. “I haven’t practiced since the middle of training camp and preseason. I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The dolphins have some good players on defense including Cameron Wake and Vontae Davis, both potential Pro-Bowlers. Why would they tank it when they still have a very viable chance to stay competitive, you never know what will happen…0-4 …”Suck for Luck”… Really?

So, Monday night has huge implications for both teams on how their futures will look.

One will see hope that they can string along a few wins and get back into the fray. The other will be looking at the grim view of slipping into darkness.