Dolphins History Lesson: The Favre and Newton Similarities

Alain Poupart

As fate would have it, it's the Miami Dolphins who will get to face Cam Newton first in the regular season as he begins the next chapter of his career with the New England Patriots.

Sure, Newton technically has to beat out Jarrett Stidham for the starting job because "he's not just going to be handed the job," but let's be real here: Unless Stidham is lights out in whatever preseason there is or Newton isn't healthy, it's really difficult to envision anyone other than the 2015 MVP lining up at center for New England at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 13.

And it's going to be an awful lot like 2008 all over again for the Miami Dolphins.

That year, it was Brett Favre, who had signed with the New York Jets in the summer.

Like Newton, Favre was an aging former MVP starting over with a new team and trying to bounce back after dealing with injuries — though Newton is much younger (31) than Favre was when he joined the Jets (39).

Of course, Newton is joining a team coming off a 12-4 season and in the midst of a historic run, whereas Favre had joined a team coming off a 4-12 season.

In that 2008 opener in Miami, Favre was efficient — if unspectacular — as he completed 15 of 22 passes for 194 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.

The Jets ended up pulling out a 20-14 victory at what was then known as Dolphin Stadium, clinching the win when Darrelle Revis picked off Chad Pennington in the end zone on a third-and-10 from the New York 18 with 5 seconds left.

Pennington, of course, had joined the Dolphins in early August after the Jets released him to make room for Favre.

The Dolphins would get their revenge on Favre, though, beating the Jets in the season finale at the Meadowlands to clinch the AFC East title — the only time since 2002 that the Patriots haven't finished first.

The Jets, meanwhile, finished 9-7.

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Speaking of Brett Favor (lol, remember when Favre was drafted and Dan Weiss pronounced his name as FAVOR (sic) - so funny!!) - Anyhow, when Favre left the JETS for the VIKES..... I became a fan the 2yrs Favre was there. Man, that team was good - one pick away from a SB. Anyhow, Cam becoming a Patriot is a bummer for the AFC East. But, of course, Bill Belicheat is NOT going to tank for Trevor Lawrence when he can have Cam. And, I'm on board with Richard Sherman - Cam's contract from the Patriots is DISGUSTING. I'm openly hoping Cam plays so well this season that his demand is up and he leaves the Patriots for another team who's willing to pay him what he is worth. Even if he is still a bit injured & is healing- up to 7.5 million is horrendous. I'm also on board w/ AP - RB's are being disrespected, too. Ekeler's contract is horrible and if he was my agent, he'd be fired!!