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Happy New Year! The 3 days that rocked Miami football. With our columns; plus Mahomes win Herald NFL QB title because nobody could ketchup to him; also, our record-setting year for NFL picks, return to radio & more

GREG COTE'S RANDOM EVIDENCE BLOG: MIAMI. SPORTS. AND BEYOND.

Hnyr1) It's WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2. Happy New Year! The season-final Dolfan Satisfaction Meter rating is in and it ain't pretty. Go HERE to see. 2) Last chance: Visit MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018 to watch our annual holiday video. It's ho-ho-horrible! 3) Football is at its crescendo and the holidays are upon us. That means it's the perfect time to delight Dolfans you know with the (late) gift of our 'Fins At 50' book. Check it out on Amazon. 4) In The Previous Blogpost (ITPB): Richt resignation and Gase firing rock South Florida, Dolphins fall in Buffalo with final DSM poll, Hot Button Top 10 & more. 5) Join us on Twitter @gregcote. Also Facebook and Instagram.

Blog note: Our annual year-ends polls for biggest national sports story and biggest South Florida sports story are coming. Haven't forgotten. Just been a bit busy the past few days (!). Watch for them here later this week. 

We're back on radio this week: I'm in-studio this week today and Friday on the Dan LeBatard Show With Stugotz, then back in my regular Tuesday slot next week. Show airs 8:55 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Miami's 790 The Ticket and 10-1 nationally on ESPN Radio and ESPNews. Join us!  

THE THREE DAYS THAT SHOOK FOOTBALL IN MIAMI:

Monday: Dolphins fire Gase, demote Tannenbaum: To read that column, visit The Dolphins Seem Desperate, And It's About Time.

Sunday: Richt retires, Diaz returns to take over Hurricanes: For those columns, visit Richt Can Call It Retirement, But He Just Quit On The Canes and Getting Diaz Back The Perfect Fit For UM.

Saturday: Alabama, Saban win Orange Bowl/CFP semifinal: Visit 'Bama Shows Miami The Way Back To That Good and Miami's Hate-Hate Relationship With Nick Saban.

PatmahMAHOMES WINS SEASON PASS CHAMPIONSHIP! / MIAMI HERALD NFL QB RANKINGS / WEEK 17-SEASON FINALThe Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes (pictured) finishes No. 1 to take the 2018 season championship in the Miami Herald's NFL quarterback rankings. Mahomes' 614.85 season points is the fifth-highest  winning total in the 21 years of our rankings. He held a narrow lead entering the final week but saw his path cleared when Drew Brees did not play in the Saints' finale. Cowboy Dak Prescott won the Week 17 crown. Dolphin Ryan Tannehill ends in 30th place overall. This was our 21st season of Passer Success System (PASS) NFL QB rankings. Our formula is simple and unchanged since its inception in 1998, factoring accuracy, yardage, TD-interception ratio and team result. Most major ranking systems such as the NFL's and ESPN's are complicated and percentile based, allowing QBs who miss half a season to still win a title, while our system is cumulative, rewarding players who are consistently productive and avoid injury or benching. The expanded final Top 40 for 2018:

MIAMI HERALD PASS RANKINGS / WEEK 17 / FINAL SEASON
RK    LW    Player, Team                       WK17        Final

1       1       PATRICK MAHOMES, KC         26.05        614.85

2       3       Matt Ryan, ATL                    44.90        601.15

3       4       Ben Roethlisberger, PIT        36.35        586.45

4       2       Drew Brees, NO                    DNP         584.60

5       6       Andrew Luck, IND                38.25        572.65

6       5       Kirk Cousins, MIN                 16.60        561.40

7       8       Jared Goff, LAR                  30.95         522.40

8       7       Philip Rivers, LAC                14.80        521.40

9       11     Tom Brady, NE                     44.50        506.75

10     10     Deshaun Watson, HOU          31.70        499.25

11     14     Dak Prescott, DAL                46.35        472.20

12     9       Aaron Rodgers, GB                2.30        470.60

13     12     Derek Carr, OAK                   18.25       458.45

14     13     Eli Manning, NYG                 25.05       453.45

15     15     Russell Wilson, SEA              15.60       439.40

16     17     Matthew Stafford, DET        32.30        427.85

17     16     Cam Newton, CAR                DNP         401.75

18     19     Mitch Trubisky, CHI              23.15        396.15

19     20     Baker Mayfield, CLE             22.80       394.25

20     18     Carson Wentz, PHI                DNP         377.70

21     21     Case Keenum, DEN              28.60        377.50

22     22     Marcus Mariota, TEN            DNP          297.40

23     24     Jameis Winston, TB             35.25        289.60

24     23     Andy Dalton, CIN                  DNP         270.30

25     25     Joe Flacco, BAL                    DNP         246.25

26     26     Blake Bortles, JAC                4.35         242.95

27     27     Alex Smith, WAS                   DNP         236.00

28     29     Sam Darnold, NYJ                12.35        233.25

29     28     Ryan Fitzpatrick, TB             DNP         225.30

30     30     RYAN TANNEHILL, MIA           6.35         224.95

31     31     Nick Mullens, SF                  27.10        215.85

32     33     Nick Foles, PHI                    42.05        186.65

33     32     Josh Rosen, ARI                   12.45        160.90

34     35     Josh Allen, BUF                   30.20        140.70

35     36     Lamar Jackson, BAL            17.95         127.05

36     34     BROCK OSWEILER, MIA         DNP          126.35

37     37     C.J. Beathard, SF                DNP          100.60

38     38     Jeff Driskel, CIN                  4.75         100.15

39     39     Cody Kessler, JAC                DNP           81.45

40     40     Jimmy Garoppolo, SF          DNP           63.90

Week 17 best: Prescott, DAL, 46.35 (27-44, 387, 4-0 in win). Week 17 worst: Josh Johnson, WAS, minus-1.45 (12-27, 91, 0-1 in loss).

Season-best game: Brees, NO, 62.80. Season-worst game: Nathan Peterman, BUF, minus-12.80.

All-time best game: Ben Roethlisberger, PIT, 80.10 (2014). All-time worst game: Tim Hasselbeck, WAS, minus-23.20 (2003).

Season record: Peyton Manning, DEN, 714.85 (2014). Dolphins record: Tannehill, 481.25 (2014) Most season titles: Brees, NO, 7.

PicksNFL WEEK 17 PIX 'N FANTASY RESULTS: Every Tuesday in the blog I update you on how I did the past weekend with my Miami Herald predictions and with my LeBatard Show/League Of Lobos fantasy team. The latest: Herald picks: A solid, not great finish to a really strong season. Went 10-6 overall and 8-8 against the spread, nailing four 'dogs-with-points in Lions, Cowboys, Bears and Bengals. For the season we end at .705 overall and .582 against the spread, and I'm very proud of both figures. Been doing this since 1991 and that ties for our best-ever straight-up and sets our personal record ATS. Greg's Lobos: Done. The Lobos ended 2-1 in the consolation-bracket LeBatard Show playoffs after a 5-8 regular season. We closed with a 167.8 to 125.3 rout of Sarah Spain, led by Deshaun Watson's 36.5 points. We'll get 'em next year, because ... #WeAreTheLobos!

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