Of all the memorable quotes Bill Parcells delivered, his "You are what your record says you are," is the most repeated, and probably the most accurate.
The Miami Dolphins' record at midseason says this year's team is average, and the three fourth-quarter losses hints the team doesn't know how to finish games. We'll soon find out if coach Joe Philbin's team knows how to finish the season.
Here is a look at how the Sun Sentinel grades the team at midseason:
Pass offense: C
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill has made decent progress from his rookie season. He's completing 60 percent of his passes. He's leading one of the NFL's most efficient red zone offenses. He's got a respectable 80.8 passer rating, but Tannehill has committed 14 turnovers, and has taken 35 sacks.
The much maligned offensive line has improved in recent weeks, especially since the addition of left tackle Bryant McKinnie, but the offense ranked 19th in passing yards, and 20th in points scored.
If this unit can cut down on the turnovers and the sacks Tannehill will have a better chance to spread his wings. He needs to spend the second half of the season developing chemistry with wire receiver Mike Wallace, who has only scored one touchdown.
Running offense: C
A month ago the Dolphins were on pace to produce the franchise's worst rushing season. The offense consistently abandoned the running game, even when it worked.
Adjustments were made during the bye week and as a result Miami has averaged 144 rushing yards the past three games. The rushing average is now 4.3 yards per carry, which isn't gaudy, but is respectable.
Lamar Miller needs more opportunities. His 4.8 yards per carry average only trails Washington's Alfred Morris (5.2) when it comes to backs that have more than 50 carries on the season. Its time Miami started using him as the featured back considering he averages just 11.6 carries per game.
Pass defense: B
The Dolphins made alterations to the defense with the intention of producing more impact plays. So far the sacks per game have increased from 2.6 in 2012 to 3.1.
In eight games the defense has recovered three more fumbles than last season, and they have already exceed last years' 10 interceptions. Brent Grimes and Dimitri Patterson, who have accounted for six of the team's 11 interceptions, have clearly been an upgrade.
Opposing quarterbacks have a 76.6 passer rating against the Dolphins, which is a drastic improvement from last season. And expect the unit to improve now that Cameron Wake appears to be nearly recovered from his knee injury.
Run defense: D
The Dolphins have annually been one of the NFL's stingiest teams against the run, but this season there's been plenty of leakage. Miami's defense front has allowed five of the first eight opponents to rush for more than 100 yards. Worse, they have given up nine rushing touchdowns. Eight of the nine have occurred during losses.
Considering the Dolphins defensive front features three former Pro Bowlers and two first-round picks they need to figure out how to tighten the screws. Miami might need to look at using more of a 3-4 front, which allows them to put Jared Odrick, Paul Soliai and Randy Starks on the field together.
Special teams: C
Slumping rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis was making Dolphins fans yearn for castoff Dan Carpenter (16 of 18 for the Bills) before he ended his cold streak and made two field goals against the Bengals, the last of which sent the game into overtime. Sturgis needs to cut down on his five misses.
Punter Brandon Fields is having another sensational season, but Miami's return game hasn't excelled. Marcus Thigpen is averaging just 5.2 yards on his punt returns.
Good coaches problem solve, and find a way to put their team in positions to be successful. It appears Philbin and his staff are the ones holding the Dolphins back.
Why did the offense wait till the bye week to start utilizing Tannehill's athleticism? Why doesn't Miller get the bulk of the carries? Why is Wallace so stagnant in the offense?
Why doesn't Dion Jordan, the team's first-round pick, play more? Where are the halftime adjustments?
Overall grade: C-
Wins against the Chargers, Jets, Steelers and Bills could put the Dolphins in position to be in the Wild Card hunt at the end of the season. But Miami needs to find a way to stay committed to the run, cut down on turnovers, and tighten up on defense.
Midseason MVP: Cornerback Brent Grimes has consistently defended some of the NFL's best cornerbacks without much help. He's contributed 24 tackles, two interceptions, a team-leading six pass deflections, and opposing quarterbacks have a 68.2 passer rating when throwing at the receiver he is defending.
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