In the previous five seasons Olivadotti coached the defense, it ranked 26th, 26th, 24th, seventh and 25th in the NFL. This year Miami came on to finish tied for 10th. Now the Dolphins are one victory away from giving their no-name defensive coordinator his own shot at winning a Super Bowl. First, though, Miami must get past its archrival, the Buffalo Bills, in the AFC Championship Game this Sunday. "This is the game I want," said Cox. "They gotta come to us. And this time, we don't have to contend with the cold; they have to contend with the heat."
On Sunday morning a headline in the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel proclaimed DOLPHINS CAN'T BID FAREWELL TO ARNS. But by Sunday evening they could. On his way out of the coaches' locker room, Arnsparger found Shula, embraced him, smiled and said, "Just keep on going."