One year ago, it would have been impossible to predict that the Miami Dolphins would win the AFC East. They had just finished an embarrassing 1-15 season and were set to overhaul the entire organization. Miami was a laughingstock of a franchise and had as much bad luck as any team could have.
They were also members of a division that housed the team that went an entire regular season undefeated, another that traded for Brett Favre, and another that was on the verge of becoming one of the better teams in the league. The face of their franchise was a guy who was sitting in the coaches' booth. All most Phins fans were hoping for were glimpses of getting back on track and going in the right direction.
Being a 7-9 team didn't look too bad.
Yes, some things fell in the Dolphins favor. Tom Brady shredding his knee brought the New England Patriots back to the pack a bit, while the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets had late-season swoons that negated their hot starts. If any of those teams had some things fall their way instead, Miami wouldn't be in the playoffs right now.
Can You Believe It? Miami Dolphins Are AFC East Champions originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 28 Dec 2008 19:41:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.