It's a race to the bottom or the NFL

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (7) holds his shoulder as he leaves the game against the San...

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne (7) holds his shoulder as he leaves the game against the San Diego Chargers in the first half during their NFL football game in San Diego, California October 2, 2011. (REUTERS/Mike Blake)

MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

It’s early and all that but heading into Week 6 of the NFL season you can still dream the impossible dream.

We’re not talking about a team such as the undefeated Detroit Lions or Green Bay Packers running the table — the two teams will meet for the first time on Nov. 24 — but rather the chance of a team joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lions as the lone teams in the modern era to go a season without a win.

The Bucs went 0-14 in 1976 and the Lions upped that by going 0-16 in 2008.

As it stands now there are three teams entering the weekend without a win with the Indianapolis Colts at 0-5 and the St. Louis Rams and Miami Dolphins at 0-4.

History has shown it’s extremely hard to win them all or lose them all and this season there’s an added element to the club that pulls of the latter as they would be in line to draft Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck who has inherited the heavy mantle of being the greatest university quarterback of all time.

Luck will be some team’s No. 1 draft choice but in the current all-hype culture, he has become Johnny Unitas, Joe Montana and Peyton Manning all rolled into one.

Time will tell how Luck will ultimately fare but over the next 12 weeks the race to the bottom will be well chronicled and the ‘Suck For Luck’ sweepstakes will be centre stage.

Of the three teams that have yet to notch a win, the Dolphins would seem to have the best shot at maintaining their zero.

The Rams, who are not in need of a franchise quarterback having drafted Sam Bradford last year, have talent and once they get through the opening seven meat grinder of games, have the ability to win five-to-seven games in the second half.

The Colts, who are headless without Peyton Manning, still have residual class plus two games against a dreadful Jacksonville team on their schedule. Given how poorly the Jaguars are playing it would be almost impossible to lose both.

So that leaves the hopes and dreams to rest on the Dolphins shoulders and they quite possibly could pull off the feat.

What a bookend that would be for the franchise that holds the distinction of having the lone unbeaten season in NFL history — the 1972 team that went 14-0 in the regular season and then won three playoff games including the Super Bowl.

The Dolphins, who travel to New York to face the Jets on Monday night, currently have everything going against them, or for them, depending on your point of view.

They have a head coach, Tony Sparano, who is expected to be fired any day and no legitimate quarterback as No. 1 Chad Henne is gone for the season with a shoulder injury.

Leading the team at that position is journeyman Matt Moore while Sage Rosenfels, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the league since 2008, was recently signed as their backup.

They also can’t win at home as the Dolphins have lost 11 of the past 12 games played in Miami.

A look at their schedule shows just two winnable games. Next weekend they have the Denver Broncos and the first 2011 start of Tim Tebow at home and how that one plays out is anybody’s guess.

Then on Nov. 6 they are at Kansas City to face a struggling Chiefs team.

After that it’s hard to see how they could pull out a win over their final eight games as they play Washington, Buffalo, Dallas, Oakland, Philadelphia, Buffalo, New England and the Jets.

As they now say in Miami — lots of Luck.

SHUT IT UP

Having lost three games in a row, you’d think a team that as highly touted as the New York Jets would close ranks and pull together.

Think again.

With the Jets facing a must-win game on Monday against the Dolphins, some of the veterans have been forced to stamp out a couple of brush fires within their clubhouse.

Nine-year veteran Brandon Moore is not particularly pleased with the comments made by teammate Santonio Holmes who was critical of the play of quarterback Mark Sanchez and the offensive line following their losses to Baltimore and New England.

“It’s disrespectful,” Moore told the New York Post. “Guys work hard. To put your teammates out to dry, guys you work with every day so on Sundays you can have a productive day, it’s disappointing. That’s not really being a leader. That’s not being a captain.

“But apparently he’s allowed to say whatever he wants to around here now. Apparently someone around here told him that it’s OK to do that because he keeps doing it.”

Go get ’em boys.


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