[RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND...]
1) It is MONDAY, DECEMBER 29. Hope y'all are having a great holiday season! Special thanks to the fine folks at Bonaventure for the hospitality Saturday. It inspired me to shoot a 92, which, for my sorry a--, is pretty good. 2) Random Evidence, the Sunday notes column, and its Hot Button Top 10 Sunday blog adjunct, are off for holidays but both will return next Sunday. 3) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Hurricanes-Gamecocks bowl, CSM poll, your national story of year & more. 4) Follow us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook, Instagram and Vine.
Duke Johnson turns pro: Expected for months, no surprise as Hurricanes career rushing leader Duke Johnson announced he will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft. I get why he's doing it, but, because of his size, durability questions and the downsized trend of the RB position in the draft, I'd be surprised if Johnson was better than a mid-second round pick and wouldn't be surprised if he went in the third. Five RBs may be picked ahead of him. Nevertheless, farewell, Duke of Gables. A great college career. Only wish it lasted one year longer.
CSM final poll shows record low, too: The season-ending Canesfan Satisfaction Meter poll -- in the wake of Saturday's UM bowl loss making the final record 6-7 -- shows 2.7 percent overall satisfaction, a record low. See complete results in previous blogpost.
MY game column: Click HERE to read. See our Dolphins-Jets gamepost and postgame thoughts immediately below the new/final DSM poll...
DOLFAN SATISFACTION METER: G16: Results are certified in the latest -- and season-ending -- Dolfan Satisfaction Meter postgame poll, and they show 2.7 percent overall satisfaction in the wake of Sunday's 37-24 loss to the visiting New York Jets leaving Miami's final season record at 8-8. That's a record low for a final approval rating. The DSM, in its seventh season, is a continuous weekly gauge of how fans are feeling about the Dolphins and their direction. Right after each game I invite you to share your overall degree of satisfaction. Criteria for voting is your own, but I suggest fans consider the most recent game's performance and caliber of opponent, season as a whole, direction the club is heading and your overall degree of optimism -- all in the context of reasonable expectations. Because this was the final DSM of the year, added consideration and weight should have been given the season as a whole. Results are certified official the morning after one full day of voting. In this case that was around 8 a.m. today/Tuesday.
2014 DSM results
G1: 96.4% (following 33-20 victory vs. New England)
G2: 12.2% (following 29-10 loss at Buffalo)
G3: 2.0% (following 34-15 loss vs. Kansas City)
G4: 62.3% (following 38-14 victory vs. Oakland in London)
G5: 14.2% (following 27-24 loss vs. Green Bay)
G6: 80.7% (following 27-14 victory at Chicago)
G7: 63.2% (following 27-13 victory at Jacksonville)
G8: 97.4% (following 37-0 victory vs. San Diego)
G9: 40.3% (following 20-16 loss at Detroit)
G10: 93.3% (following 22-9 victory vs. Buffalo)
G11: 38.9% (following 39-36 loss at Denver)
G12: 69.6% (following 16-13 victory at N.Y. Jets)
G13: 6.1% (following 28-13 loss vs. Baltimore)
G14: 5.1% (following 41-13 loss at New England)
G15: 26.5% (following 37-35 victory vs. Minnesota)
G16/Final: 2.7% (following 37-24 loss vs. N.Y. Jets)
Yearly DSM results:
2014: 2.7% (following 8-8 season)
2013: 4.2% (following 8-8 season)
2012: 29.8% (following 7-9 season)
2011: 34.9% (following 6-10 season)
2010: 3.8% (following 7-9 season)
2009: 31.2% (following 7-9 season)
2008: 96.9% (following 11-5 season/playoff loss)
G16: N.Y. JETS 37, DOLPHINS 24: MIAMI FAILS TO SEIZE CONSOLATION OF WINNING SEASON: Final: MIA ends season 8-8 after disheartening loss marked by awful, awful pass defense against Geno Smith. Embarrassing. A huge game by Lamar Miller is wasted, rendered a footnote. ..... Fourth quarter: Jets tack on short FG for final score. ... All over but the crying. Fins headed for loss, 8-8 season. ... Oh! NYJ up 34-24 on 23-yard scoring pass one play after burning Miami with 38-yard completion on fake punt. ... Fins miss 53-yard FG try wide right, fail to tie it. ... Stinkers take 27-24 lead on 23-yard FG in first minute of 4Q. ..... Third quarter: Tannehill 386th completion breaks Dan Marino's 1994 club record. ... Planes tie it at 24-24 on 26-yard FG after MIA pass defense -- awful today -- gives up 50-yard play to 13 as Decker outjumps Brent Grimes. ... Crowd still buzzing about Miller's record run as Dolphins give up 74-yard scoring pass to move Jets within 24-21. Pass defense making Geno Smith look like an all-star. ... MIA up 24-14 as Lamar Miller blasts for franchise-record 97-yard TD run to give him 1,069 yards on season. ... Dolphins D with goalline stand after 87-yard Owusu kcikoff return give NYJ ball at Fins 12. Jelani Jenkins on the huge, lead-saving 4th-and-1 stop. ..... Halftime: What to say about a back-and-forth game and a narrow halftime lead against a 3-12 Jets squad? Modestly impressive? Tannehill sharp,. at least: 15-20, 161 yards, one TD. ..... Second quarter: MIA drives 93 yards to 17-14 lead on Tannehill 23-yard strike to Charles Clay 43 seconds before half. ... Geno Smith is 8-for-8 with perfect 158.3 rating so far. How not to keep your job, Kevin Coyle. ... Jets retake lead 14-10 on 89-yard TD pass from Smith to a wide-open Chris Ivory. Whomever was supposed to cover Ivory didn't get the memo. ... MIA up 10-7 on 1-yard Thomas scoring run set up by Dolphs' Jason Trusnik recovering Geno Smith fumble at Jets' 21. It's what bad teams (and bad QBs) do. ..... FIrst quarter: Stinkers take 7-3 lead on 23-yard reverse run by WR Chris Owusu. That's right. Chris Owusu. ... MIA 3-0 opn Sturgis 37-yard FG after team filed to convert 3-and0-1 from 18/. Red Zone Fizzlin'! ... Dolphins catch a break. Jets 45-yard FG try bonks off left upright. ... Bad start. Fins punt from end zone on opening series. ... Sparse crowd, stadium maybe two-thirds full. ..... Original post: This is one of only four NFL Week 17 games in which both teams are out of playoff contention, so it’s tough to fake much excitement beyond it being an oft-bitter division rivalry. Even the drama of two coaches fighting for their jobs was cut in half when Dolphins owner Stephen Ross announced last week — to the surprise and disappointment of many most Dolfans — that Joe Philbin would be back next season. There are reasons to watch today's 1 p.m. game, though. Here are a few: 1) Will the 8-7 Fins finish with a winning record? It would be the club's first since 2008 and mark a third straight season of improvement, however modest. 2) It's the Stinkin' Jets! And we can enjoy watching Rex Ryan (shown tipping his cap goodbye) slipping from the sideline to the unemployment line. I believe a hearty "GOOD-BYE REX!" chant would be appropriate, don't you? 3) Ryan Tannehill is 214 yards from becoming the only Dolphins QB not named Dan Marino to throw for 4,000 yards in a season. And against NYJ's absymal secondary, you can bank on that. 4) Speculation swirls that MIA defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle could be replaced -- perhaps even by Ryan; cows fly, don't they? -- and that this game could be the tipping point. Overall, my gut tells me this game will be closer than the 6-point betting line (Miami won 16-13 on Dec. 1), but the logical mind insists Fins at home are at least a touchdown better. Quick aside: Sunday’s crowd will include a loud, fat, boorish Jets fan squeezed into a too-small Mark Gastineau jersey. Spot him and throw him a condescending smirk that is half-mocking, half-pitying. It isn't often Dolfans get to feel blatantly superior. Today should be one of those days. My pick: Dolphins, 24-16.
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