The phenomenon about the NFL preseason is that fans tend to attach an importance to the results that is thoroughly and comically disproportionate to the meaninglessness of them.
After an offseason bereft of games, football is football, I guess, and so moderation is lost in the hunger for clues to how good your team might be. That is why many of the same Dolfans wringing hands and fretting after a sloppy opening loss to Dallas all but chant “Su-per Bowl!” now in the wake of Friday night’s 27-3 victory at Jacksonville.
I tried to say the loss in the Hall of Fame Game was not all that bad, or even surprising for a first outing. Now let me be the guy casting the damp blanket like a fishing net and reminding you Friday’s victory must be measured against the fact the Jaguars are abysmal NFL bottom feeders.
Put it this way: If football had a relegation system like English soccer has, Jacksonville would have been demoted to Canada by now.
The Jags’ quarterback choice is Blaine Gabbert or Chad Henne. Need I say more?
A more telling preseason test for Miami comes in six days at Houston.
Meantime, Miami received bad news and saw playoff hopes dim Saturday when the NFL quietly rejected the Dolphins’ request to be moved to a two-team division with Jacksonville and only play the Jaguars every week.Aaron Hernandez Alex Rodriguez Ryan Braun