YOU TALKIN’ TO ME – AUGUST 21
BY ISM STAFF
WILL THE DOLPHINS UNDEFEATED NFL SEASON EVER BE DUPLICATED?
Boys, this one is a no brainer and it’s right in South Beach’s wheelhouse. I don’t think we will ever see any other National Football League franchise replicate the Miami Dolphins 1972 undefeated season that culminated in a 14-7 victory over Washington in Super Bowl VII. There are two reasons that I believe the 17-0 record that The Fins posted will stand the test of time and remain the only undefeated team in NFL history and I’m Talkin’ To You as well as every football fan on this topic.
First, Brooklyn and South Beach, I want you to take specific note of the record. The Fish only, and I use that term very loosely because that’s a tremendous accomplishment in its own right, had to win 17 games. Now, if you’re going to go undefeated in the NFL today, you have to post 20 victories without a crooked number on the right side of the dash. That, Big Apple Guy and Miami Vice Fella is an extremely tall order especially with many of the contests being played in primetime on Sunday or Monday, or Thursday night.
Second, the travel that the Dolphins had to endure was nothing compared to today’s NFL. Miami only played two games outside of the Eastern Time Zone and that was against the Minnesota Vikings and the Kansas City Chiefs. That, my brothers from another mother, is not the case today. Cross country contests are commonplace. Trips to the West Coast from the East, or vice versa, usually happen more than once or twice. Trust me, my compadres, that takes a lot of out a football team over the space of what will be an 18-week regular season before the playoffs even commence.
So, there you have. I believe you won’t see another team with a goose egg in the loss column when the dust settles at the end of a campaign. I expect Larry Csonka and Bob Griese and the rest of the surviving 1972 Dolphins to be popping the champagne when the last NFL undefeated team bites the dust each year for as long as they live. What say you, my sidekicks?
Low Ball, I am inclined to agree with you. Winning twenty consecutive games seems highly unlikely in the modern NFL. But, is it impossible? Could an elite team in a weak division with a weak schedule do it? I say, definitely perhaps.
I see the solid point of traveling to alternate time zones, which consistently makes winning on the road somewhat more challenging. Yet, again, LB, I would say it could happen that the games could align to rebuilding teams as well. Look, I don’t see an undefeated team this season, per se, I just see it as absolutely possible in the future.
NFL teams are forced to rebuild often due to drafting quarterbacks is far from an exact science. And sometimes a whole division seems to be in the toilet in the same season. Take a gander at the NFC East from 2020. The Washington team won it with only 7 victories. An elite team that is scheduled to play a division like that could eviscerate those teams and collect a bunch of wins. If coupled with their own weak division opponents, I think it actually could occur.
Low Ball and South Beach, although not probable in 2021, an undefeated team winning 20 games in a row is absolutely possible if the conditions and schedule allow for it. I mean, this is not a Joe DiMaggio hit streak!
No no no no and no.
This is something I will not entertain but I might as well break it down a little more.
Low Ball mentioned some pretty good points but he forgot a big one that I think will truly be the downfall of any team shooting for perfection. In today’s game every week you continue to go undefeated the media coverage and pressure rises to a level that was unheard of in 1972. If Tom Brady can’t slay the mountain that is perfection than I don’t think any team will be able to put that dragon down.
Not to mention that players don’t play with concussions and other injuries that they did back then. Rightfully so because, nowadays, the best team in the league is often the healthiest at the end of the season. This leads teams to devalue the regular season when they are obvious contenders.
But, again, as a Dolphins fan, no no no no and no. Unless you’re talking about the 2022 Miami Dolphins, then maybe.