Dolphins may run wild

As the NFL season gets in full
swing this weekend many residents in Cayman will be tuning to catch games. Due
to proximity and an established fan-base here, most locals will have their eyes
on the Florida teams.

All three of which are in action on
Sunday 12 September. The Jacksonville Jaguars host the Denver Broncos, the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Cleveland Browns and the Miami Dolphins travel to
New York to take on the Buffalo Bills. All of the matches are slated for 12
noon Cayman time on CBS.

Of the bunch the Miami Dolphins
have the biggest following here. One Dolphins fan who will be watching on
Sunday is Kyle Broadhurst. A partner at Broadhurst LLC, Broadhurst has been a
staple on the flag football scene, having organized the second annual youth
league this year. To no surprise Broadhurst, 35, states the Dolphins have the
best chance of success this weekend.

“The Dolphins are a stronger team
than the Bills,” Broadhurst said. “With (Brandon) Marshall and (Chad) Henne
hooking up they can throw the ball over their heads. We have a deep threat
combo with an already good run game. That’s a new thing for us Dolphins fans
because there hasn’t been a go-to receiver like Brandon on the team in recent
years.”

Another Miami fan on the local flag
football scene is George “Teddy” Hydes. The metering supervisor at the Cayman
Water Authority serves as a youth coach and currently as the head coach of the
Spin 94.1FM Hellcats in the Cayman Islands Flag Football Association men’s
league. Hydes, 39, has a wealth of football knowledge having grown up a pigskin
enthusiast in Cayman and being involved in flag football the last decade.

Surprisingly he feels the Bucs
should be the team that wins convincingly.

“I’ll say the Bucs only because the
Browns are not one of the best teams and they’re playing at home,” Hydes said.
“Then again the Jags are playing at home too and Miami has a good chance too.
But I expect Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and back Carnell “Cadillac”
Williams to have big games and the Bucs as a defensive unit to take advantage
of who they’re playing.”

Both Hydes and Broadhurst agree
that the Dolphins look like playoff contenders this year. While they feel Miami
has work to do to catch the New England Patriots and New York Jets in the AFC
East, the mutual sentiment is they will not miss the post-season a second
consecutive year.

“This year they’re contending for a
playoff spot,” Broadhurst said. “They’ve been building and they’re the team to
beat. Mind you it’s all Henne. If he comes out strong Miami will definitely be
in line for a playoff spot. I have tempered expectations though I’m much more
excited this season than last season. Unfortunately the Pats are still the best
in the division. They still have all of the pieces around (Tom) Brady and
(Randy) Moss. Until proven otherwise they’re still the team to beat. The Jets
look scary but can they get all of the egos together? Also I’m still not
convinced on (Mark) Sanchez as quarterback.”

Hydes, a born-and-bred West Bayer,
further states a favourable schedule and a solid run game will carry the
Dolphins.

“Miami does not have the toughest
schedule in the world,” Hydes said. “The most important part of it is early on
against the Jets and Patriots. If they win those games they can win the
division. I really feel the Dolphins have a chance of having a good season. The
Jets have more talent but that doesn’t necessarily equate to wins. I’m a
serious Miami fan so they’ll always have good chances to me. The Dolphins this
year have a lot of talent and they should be expected to do well. They have a
very balanced offence with Marshall alongside Ronnie (Brown) and Ricky
(Williams) and Henne stands out. On defence Carlos Dansby is the prized
acquisition and with Crowder up the middle they should be tough to get by.”

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