Postcard from camp: Dolphins
Where Bill Parcells no longer is -- the Dolphins' practice facility on the muggy campus of Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla., their training camp's usual site. "No, not really," head coach Tony Sparano said when asked if anything significant had changed in the wake of former team V.P. Parcells' (apparent) retirement, and the fact that the nature of left tackle Jake Long's current injury is being publicly revealed as affecting either his knee
A 5-11 record is a definite possibility. But there are certainly other possibilities. Miami's schedule presents seven games that will be very difficult to win (at home against the Patriots and Eagles and on the road against the Jets, Giants, Chiefs, Cowboys and Pats), and four games that should be very difficult to lose (at home against the Broncos, Redskins, Bills and Raiders). That leaves five "swing" games -- at home against the Texans and Jets, and away against the Browns, Chargers and Bills. In other words, this most-difficult-to-project team could just as easily go 9-7, and challenge for a wild-card berth, as 4-12. The truth, like most truths, likely lies somewhere in the middle.