Hurricane Irma has cancelled the Dolphins vs Bucs game originally scheduled for this Sunday. Obviously the game could not be played in the state of Florida with a lethal hurricane on the way with FLA in it’s path. Much to my dismay, the NFL couldn’t relocate the game to a neutral stadium this week.
What does this mean for the Dolphins? Both the Dolphins and the Buccaneers will now have Week 1 as their BYE week, and will then play 16 straight games without a week off, and for Miami, that includes a trip to London October 1st to play the New Orleans Saints at a sold out Wembley Stadium. To be more clear, what that means for our Dolphins is 3 straight road trips, to Los Angeles to play the Chargers next week, to New Jersey the following week to play the Jets, and then to London to “host” the Saints. That’s not great, especially knowing you don’t get a break the rest of the way.
So is it all bad for Miami? Obviously, with most things, there are positives and negatives. MLB Rey Maualuga gets another week to get into shape and get the defense down. It’s one less game that injured LG Ted Larsen will miss. It will give time to any injured Dolphins players to heal up now, and start the season as healthy as possible.
Back to the negatives . . . Safety T.J.McDonald is facing an 8 game suspension, and this just adds another week to his suspension. McDonald would have been eligible to play week 9, but now will have to wait for week 10. No matter what any player or coach says now regarding the situation, I can guarantee that they would have preferred to play this week, and keep their BYE week intact. The season is a long haul, and yes, up until 1989, teams played without a BYE week, BUT, the Dolphins and Bucs will be the ONLY teams NOT getting a BYE week, while every team with get to rest for a week at some point during the season. Fuck you very much Irma!
Back to the positives . . . We have Adam Gase coaching this team, and I believe if anyone can turn this into a minor annoyance, rather than a season changing dilemma, it would be Gase.
Go Dolphins! Zero in! Zero BYES!
To all our Florida friends in harms way, please be smart and get out of harms way. Board up your houses and make them as safe as you can, but keep yourselves safe. Your house can be replaced, but you and your family cannot. Love and best wishes to all of you!