Dave Hydehttp://www.sun-sentinel.com/sports/miam ... 1387.story
7:10 a.m. EST, November 28, 2012
1. How bad is Dolphins attendance of late? Here's the first paragraph about the Dolphins in a 24/7 Wall Street story involving 13 teams in attendance trouble: "Of all teams in the NFL, none has seen as big a decline in attendance as the Miami Dolphins. In the 2001-2002 season, the team brought in an average of 73,470 fans to watch home games, the seventh-highest in the NFL. By the 2011-2012 season, that figure dropped to 60,866, the fifth-lowest."
And this year the Dolphins haven't even hit that average mark from last year. They're averaging crowds of 55,758.
The story ranked teams by a decline in attendance, so traditional bottom-feeders (Marlins) weren't involved. The Dolphins are the only NFL team on the list. Major League Baseball had seven teams (Oakland, Baltimore, Arizona, Houston, Cleveland, New York Mets and Seattle), the NHL had two teams (Dallas, Columbus) and the NBA had three teams (Milwaukee, Detroit, Washington).
What is a common thread to most of those teams besides attendance drop?
3. The Dolphins face a Top-5 passing team for the first time this year when New England and Tom Brady come to town. The schedule has protected the Dolphins from feeling the effects of the Vontae Davis trade too much. That changes now. Brady attacked Benny Sapp the last time he was in town to the point he ran Sapp out of the league. The Patriots will run a spread offense much of the time to attack a thin Dolphins secondary.