Less than a month ago, the Buffalo Bills traveled down south and were promptly throttled by Tony Sparano and the host Miami Dolphins, losing by a final score of 35-8. One could easily make the argument that their performance in Miami was the team's worst of the season to date.
This time around, the Dolphins look the same everywhere except for one spot: Sparano is out as head coach, where he's replaced by Todd Bowles. Will the Dolphins look any different in their first game playing under new leadership?
"I really don’t know," said Kevin Nogle of ThePhinsider.com. "Even some of the players have come out and said they don’t know what to expect with Bowles in charge. Even though the team has said Bowles will be a consideration for the head coaching job next year, it’s pretty much a given that they will interview him, satisfy the Rooney Rule, and then move on. But that doesn’t mean he won’t catch on somewhere. He’s been interviewed several times in the past, and his day as a head coach is coming. Throwing caution to the wind, in three games that only mean something because they are all against the AFC East, Bowles could show that he is a head coach willing to take chances, go for the win, and do the things needed to make a team explosive."
The only question left unanswered: whether or not the Dolphins will play with the same verve for a lame duck coach than they did for a coach whose job they were trying to save.