With six games now complete, and a .500 record, The Dolphins are going into the bye week to re-fuel and get some much needed rest. Players on both sides of the ball are nursing injuries, and after four excruciatingly close games in a row, the team must be physically and emotionally ready for a week of rest and recovery.
Running back Reggie Bush is coming off of his worst performance of the season and still has a nagging knee injury. Cornerback Richard Marshall has not been playing due to a back injury, and while Nolan Carroll has been playing well, the secondary could really use a healthy Marshall. Newly acquired Wide Receiver Jabar Gaffrey is still trying to learn the "language of the playbook," according to Coach Philbin, and has not been active since he signed with the team earlier this month.
Going into the bye after a win should definitely help the team's morale and confidence level. At .500, the team is playing better, with more focus and determination than most thought possible, myself included. I was very skeptical at the start of the season, when we had what appeared to be a roster full of no-name players with barely any star-power or play-makers. Now, I see that this unit is playing as a team, and Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill have these guys believing.
As I look back over the past six games, I cannot help but ponder the fact that The Dolphins are only a couple of field goals away from being 5-1. But they are not. They are 3-3 and tied for first place in the AFC East. The division is up for grabs, and I for one feel really comfortable with our position going into the bye.