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AMERICAN East
Mark Mulvoy
September 22, 1975
Hold the flowers. Scrap the black armbands. Forget the moments of silence. All those funereal reports proclaiming the death of the Miami Dolphins may be greatly exaggerated. Despite the flight of Larry Csonka, Jim Kiick and Paul Warfield to the WFL and the loss of All-Pro Safety Dick Anderson and Middle Linebacker Nick Buoniconti because of injuries, the Dolphins are alive and mostly well in Miami, maybe even alive enough to win their fifth straight title in the NFL's toughest division. This time, though, Miami's Dol-fans will not be waving their white handkerchiefs so often. Indeed, the Buffalo Bills, with O.J. Simpson and his bodyguard Reggie McKenzie; the New York Jets, with Joe Willie Brut; and even the New England Patriots, if Jim Plunkett's shoulder heals quickly, could ease the Dolphins but of first. Only Baltimore cannot finish at the top.
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September 22, 1975

American East

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The Baltimore Colts may not win many games, but new Coach Ted Marchibroda will always be a hero in crabcake country. The Steelers, remember, kept Marchibroda one year and released a rookie from Louisville by the name of Johnny Unitas. General Manager Joe Thomas has promised not to interfere with Marchibroda, who spent the past nine years handling the offense for George Allen. Bert Jones will get better protection than he received last season, when Colt quarterbacks were sacked 49 times; in fact, Baltimore's new offensive line, featuring Tackle George Kunz, acquired from Atlanta, and top draft Ken Huff at guard, is the strength of the attack. Lydell Mitchell, who caught 72 passes last year, many of them safety valves from harried quarterbacks, may get running help from rookie Roosevelt Leaks. As always, Middle Linebacker Mike Curtis is the Colts' defense. WE WILL ARRIVE IN '75 read the bumper stickers in Baltimore. They might rate by '78.

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