The Miami Dolphins kick off their quest for the 2010 Super Bowl in Sun Life Stadium at 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
Well, sort of.
The Dolphins host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their first of four preseason games lined up over the next month. This Saturday, Dolfans will get their first look at free agent acquisitions Brandon Marshall and Karlos Dansby, as well as the team's 2010 Draft class.
But before you get too excited over watching the Dolphins make their 2010 debut, remember, it's the preseason. In other words, it means absolutely nothing.
Coach Tony Sparano has already announced that he will play his starters for just one quarter on Saturday, leaving the rest of the game to youngsters and free agent hopefuls. So while the first team offense might look like the '08 Pats for that one quarter, remember that both teams will be utilizing only tiny portions of their playbooks, and blitzing will be at a minimum.
When you're watching this game remember that the 2008 Lions went 4-0 in the Preseason, and 0-16 in the regular season. Just let that serve as a reminder of how meaningless these games are as whole.
However, there are valuable nuggets to be taken out of a preseason game, and most of those come at the latter stages when players on the roster bubble take the field. So when you kick back in your favorite Sunday attire on Saturday, keep an eye on the following five story-lines.