It's Jets Week.
For an early regular-season game, it literally doesn't get any better than this.
For starters, ex-Dolphins head coach Tony Sparano makes his first return to Miami since he was fired in mid-December of last season. It has only been a few months since Sparano departed, but things look a whole lot different now than when he left. Under Joe Philbin's watch, the Dolphins have overhauled nearly half of their roster, and the team is now geared for speed and finesse rather than brute strength and power.
That's not all.
Enigmatic wide receiver Santonio Holmes (you know, the same guy who has just seven receptions in five career games against the Dolphins, including a zero-catch game in Week 17 last season, during which he was benched) issued some smack talk to the Dolphins secondary:
"With our skills and our speed, we should really take advantage of those guys," Holmes told Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com. Earlier this week, Holmes also said that he doesn't remember the Jets Week 17 loss to the Dolphins last year.
Smack talk is nothing new to this rivalry, but Ryan Tannehill and Joe Philbin are. Miami's new nucleus will usher in a new chapter to the Dolphins-Jets rivalry on Sunday, and if the 'Phins follow these 10 keys, then Tannehill and Philbin will be off to a glorious beginning.