DAVIE (AP) - The Miami Dolphins have gone through four coaches and 13 quarterbacks since their last 2-0 start.
That was back in 2002, when a team built on defense and ball control harbored playoff aspirations. The situation's similar now, with consecutive road victories stamping Miami as a potential contender in the AFC East.
"Nobody really gave us a chance to be sitting where we are now," running back Ronnie Brown said Monday. "We've got to keep grinding, but I like our chances, and everybody on the team is believing in what we're doing."
Unbeaten status this late in September is a big change for the Dolphins, who started 0-2 each of the past four years. The 2-0 record with Miami is a new experience for every player but one - running back Ricky Williams, the lone remaining link to 2002.
"It's exciting," Williams said. "As a young team we're gaining a lot of confidence, and it makes it much easier to buy into what the coach is saying when you're winning."
What coach Tony Sparano says is his Dolphins are a work in progress, and it's yet to be determined whether they're ready for prime time. They'll find out Sunday night against the archrival New York Jets (1-1), who are coming off a win over New England.
Miami's two wins have been impressive partly because of where they took place. First the Dolphins won at Buffalo, where they had lost five games in a row. On Sunday they beat the Minnesota Vikings, who went 8-0 at home last year.
The last time Miami started a season with consecutive road wins was in 1977.
If there's any temptation to be satisfied with a 2-0 start, the Dolphins might want to note that their 2002 team failed to make the playoffs.