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Rock Bottom: The 2007 Miami Dolphins

Tim YuSenior Analyst IDecember 4, 2007

http://msn.foxsports.com/id/6927082_36_1.jpgBUST!
 
That's often what you hear from the dealer at your local casino when going over in a game of Blackjack.
 
That's also what Miami Dolphins rookie QB John Beck will be hearing for the next week or so in South Florida.
 
Well—make that a month or so.

Maybe even to the end of the season.
 
Quite possibly forever if he doesn't turn into the next Dan Marino.
 
Frustrated, upset, and lost, Miami Dolphin fans took their frustration out on Beck with a sarcastic standing ovation after yet another overthrown pass Sunday afternoon, as the Dolphins were being blown out by their AFC East rival New York Jets, 40-13.
 
Not that the former BYU standout is responsible for the disaster known as the Miami Dolphins.

Passes were dropped left, right and center. Wide receivers Ted Ginn Jr. and Derek Hagan had trouble breaking open in the Jets' secondary. The blocking of the offensive line was offensive to say the least.

And on the other side of the ball, New York Jets’ sophomore QB Kellen Clemens burned the defense time and time again. RBs Leon Washington and Thomas Jones carved their way through the waning Dolphin defense.
 
With the way the Dolphins are playing right now, would anybody notice the difference between them and the collegiate Miami Hurricanes?
 
And the Hurricanes aren't exactly lighting up the NCAA by any stretch of the imagination.
 
Yeah, it's gotten that bad in South Florida. If there was ever a time to say the teal and orange had hit rock bottom, now would be it.
 
It was bad enough to be the victim of a 42-7 first-half massacre at the hands of the immortal football machine known as the New England Patriots. Not to mention being slaughtered 37-20 by the surging Dallas Cowboys.
 
Did I forget to note that two former Miami Dolphins quarterbacks in Daunte Culpepper and A.J. Feeley also torched them?
 
Talk about rubbing salt in a wound.

Wasn't that the same Daunte Culpepper who was escorted out of the Miami Dolphins training facility by security during training camp?
 
Wasn't that the same A.J. Feeley who was thrown to the wolves by the Dolphins in a dismal 4-12 season back in 2004?
 
Too many questions, yet not enough answers.
 
With another setback at the hands of the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon, the question that everyone in America is dying to know is this: Can the Miami Dolphins win a game in the 2007 NFL season?
 
Whether or not Cam Cameron's squad has an answer to that looming question is beyond any football fan. With four challenging matchups to go, it looks to be almost certain that the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers might have some company.
 
The squad itself has been decimated by a handful of injuries.
 
http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a172/dkopek/capta9c0b541121d4859988d61fe700ab5e.jpgThe team's top two RBs in Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown are out with their respective season-ending injuries.

Jesse Chatman, the third-string running back, is closer to hobbling then actually running on the gridiron.

Behind center, Trent Green was handed yet another concussion after Texans' defensive tackle Travis Johnson smashed Green's head open with his knee.
 
On the defensive side of the ball, standout safety Yeremiah Bell was sidelined with a year-ending injury on opening day in Washington. Veteran and Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas has been struggling with his own concussion symptom and migraines.
 
And at this rate, he's not the only one suffering with a migraine.

However, it's not to say that the Fish aren't battling. In six of their 12 losses, Miami has lost by a total of three points or less.
 
The bottom line is the talent and player personnel simply aren't there. While the Dolphins are professionals and will continue to work hard until the end, losing every game of the year just isn’t acceptable.

The Miami Dolphins will have decisions to make at seasons’ end when team owner Wayne Huizenga reviews the state of the franchise.

It looks almost inevitable that head coach Cam Cameron will be handed his pink slip at seasons’ end. Whoever decides to take on rebuilding the South Florida team will definitely have their hands full.

The state of reality has definitely been hard to swallow for defensive end Jason Taylor.

The reigning NFL Defensive MVP of the Year will have to decide where his plans lay in the near future. With constant losing seasons and a playoff drought that doesn’t look as if it will be broken any time soon, Taylor will have to question the direction the franchise has taken. As Taylor turns 35 next year, the Dolphins could be looking to trade their defensive star in hopes for a brighter future.

The same can also be said for Taylor’s brother-in-law Zach Thomas. Thomas has gradually seen the wear and tear on his body throughout the years, and may be looking for a change of scenery as well. There’s no doubt in anybody’s mind that both Taylor and Thomas will be seeking championship rings at this stage of their careers.

As Bleacher Report’s own Samuel LeFavor has put it, the Miami Dolphins are heading up a creek without a paddle. Luckily for him, he’s not the only one looking for some light at the end of the tunnel.

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