And then we get the inevitable 7-9 season.
But that's still a long ways away. And, hell, the Dolphins do look primed for a strong playoff push this season. At least on paper. So we've got that going for us.
Here are eight other reasons it's awesome that Miami Dolphins football is back:
8. Because of Ryan Tannehill's Deep Balls
The number-one topic on the Dolphins these days, be it from sports talk radio, news columns, the internet, TV, Twitter, or water cooler talk, has been Ryan Tannehill's balls. And how deep they can go. Last year, this was a real problem. It seems on every play, Tannehill would either overthrow his receiver downfield or leave the ball six yards short of the receiver. That receiver was usually Mike Wallace. But he's gone to bitch about how he doesn't get the ball enough in Minnesota now. Tannehill, meanwhile, has a pretty kick-ass arsenal of pass-catchers to throw to, including Jarvis Landry, whom you see above. Make no mistake: This is Tannehill's year to show us all how wrong we've been about his inconsistent play and how good he really is at getting the balls down deep. Look for the Dolphins to try to showcase that tonight against the Bears. Also, this is the year Tannehill finally earns himself a nickname. Like Doctor Balls, or something.
7. Because the Smarty Pants at Harvard Said the Dolphins Are Going to the Super Bowl
It's true! The big brains at Harvard threw together a study with the numbers and the analytics and the football and the robots and came up with a bold prediction: The Miami Dolphins will be representing the AFC in the Super Bowl this year. That's bananas. Because either the Harvard brains are really, really smart or they're just trolling the shit out of us by building up our hopes up and then wrecking them. With science. Ahoy-yo!
6. Because HOUSE OF SPEARS
Seriously. We got Ndamukong Suh. And yes, he was expensive. And yes, a big free-agent signing usually only amounts to a hill of used condoms when it comes to the Dolphins. BUT, Suh is a dominant force. Something we haven't really had around these parts in any position. It's basically going to be impossible to run against the Dolphins this year, and Suh is primed to help the pass rush and hit Tom Brady so many times that his face will actually morph into a real-life version of his courtroom sketch. Prepare your anus, NFL.
5. Because There's a Kicker Competition! F#@* YEAH!
This is the most Dolphiny thing ever. There's an actual competition for the one position that seems to see the most action for the Fins (so, maybe it's important, after all). Yeesh. It's Caleb Sturgis versus the Other Guy. It's a clash of the who is not as shitty between two dudes who can barely kick the ball 12 feet, let alone 40 yards. This is going to a problem all year long. It's probably what's going to end up derailing Harvard's prediction.
4. Because Joe Philbin Will Either Flub His Way Out of a Job or Become an Instant Miami Sports Icon
That is seriously what's most at stake here, folks. Joe Philbin's legacy. His team looks pretty damned good on paper, and his quarterback is poised for a breakout season. So only the man who looks like every Scooby Doo villain ever can fuck this up. And you just know the Fins' season is going to come down to an innocuous decision like whether a timeout should be called or some such thing. Watching Joe Philbin coach is like watching your dad trying to figure out a selfie stick.
3. Because Deflategate Has Gotten Infinitely More Insufferable Than Tom Brady Ever Was
The most insufferable team in pro football has been embroiled in the most insufferable controversy thanks to the most insufferable pro sports commissioner of all time. It's like an Inception dream but with reggaeton playing on a loop. Enough already. Let's get to the games.
2. Because We're Not the Jets
1. Because It's That Time of Year to Once Again Get Our Hopes Up
It's only August. So let's enjoy this feeling for all it's worth before it all inevitably comes crashing down in a fiery explosion of sadness.