Thomas says he's glad to have ended up on the right side of the ball.
"I wanted to be part of a new situation," he said. "When I came here, Jay was the quarterback, there was a new offensive system, you really didn't know."
The NFL is beginning to understand. A team many picked to finish last in the AFC East has turned out to be a surprise.
Who could have figured it: Wannstedt for Jimmy Johnson? Fiedler for Marino?
Hey, wasn't this supposed to be a rebuilding year?
"From the changes with the coach, and Dan's retirement, I understand how people would think that," Wannstedt said.
Instead, Miami soaks up life atop the AFC East, takes a week off, and heads to New York on Oct. 23 for a showdown with the Jets, who fell to 4-1 with a Sunday loss to Pittsburgh.