Miami was on its third head coach in as many years, with both of the last previous two reigns ending on extremely sour notes.
The Dolphins were a league-worst 1-15 a season ago and still (seemingly) lacked depth and overall talent heading into this season.
Until soon before the regular season, they lacked a viable option at quarterback. The August arrival of Chad Pennington was met with a chorus of claims about his lack of arm strength and inability to win in the clutch.
Even with the arrival of football czar Bill Parcells, the lowly Dolphins didn't seem like strong candidates for a quick turnaround.
But turn around they did. They historically improved from 1-15 to 11-5 and a division title in just one season, setting an NFL record with just 13 turnovers along the way.
While the Dolphins' season is not over yet, I felt now would be an opportune time to hand out some awards for some of the best individual and collective performances from their impressive season.