The Miami Dolphins lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday. This was the outcome everyone expected. The Patriots dominated the contest throughout. Again, this was expected. Everyone collectively agreed Miami was a borderline shoe-in for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft before the season even kicked off. But how bad the Dolphins have been so far has exceeded expectations. It’s significantly worse than really anyone could have imagined going in.
Through two weeks, the Dolphins have lost by the scores of 59-10 and 43-0. For those keeping track at home, it’s the second-worst point differential through two games (-92) in NFL history. In the process, they’ve given up the second-most points through two games (102) in NFL history. Both games came on their home turf, and the most recent blowout came at the hands of their longtime divisional rivals and their head coach’s former team. Through 120 minutes of football, the Dolphins have not, at any point, resembled something close to a competitive football team. It’s still early, but Miami has looked so horrendous that it begs the question: Is this Miami Dolphins team the worst of all time?
To judge, we’ll compare this squad to the only two teams unable to win a single game in a season during the modern era– the 2008 Detroit Lions and the 2017 Cleveland Browns. Both those teams were, on paper, more talented than Miami; the Lions had a young Calvin Johnson catching 78 passes for 1,331 yards and 12 TDs across from Roy Williams, while the Browns had first overall pick Myles Garrett, a good interior offensive line, and several other high draft picks that come from picking in the top five year after year. None of that is to say those teams were good, of course. But as it stands, the Dolphins do not have a single player on their roster even close to the caliber of future stars the Lions and Browns did. Minkah Fitzpatrick is the only starter who is widely accepted to be above-average, yet the coaching staff refuses to use him as a lock-down corner and he’ll probably be wearing a different uniform by next week.