2015 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
For a 2nd season in a row, the Miami Dolphins finished with an 8-8 record in 2014. Despite finishing with the same record, the eye test on the Dolphins showed that they were a much more talented, and complete team in 2014. Ryan Tannehill has continued to raise his level of play, and is probably the 2nd best quarterback in the AFC East, behind Tom Brady. The Dolphins used their first pick in the 2015 NFL draft to add big play receiver DeVante Parker as well as signed veteran Greg Jennings to what is now one of the most talented receiver corps in the NFL. But it is on the defensive side of the ball that the 2015 Dolphins will likely see the biggest improvement. The Miami Dolphins spent big money to bring in probably the best defensive tackle in the game, in Ndamukong Suh, and drafted talented defensive tackle prospect Jordan Phillips out of Oklahoma. While the Patriots might still be the class of the AFC East, the Dolphins now have the defensive line talent to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, as well as an offense that could take the next step to elite status in 2015. Look for the Dolphins to put pressure on the Patriots in 2015, win more than 8 games, and possibly clinch their first playoff berth since 2008.
2014 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The Dolphins are coming off an 8-8 season where Ryan Tannehill was running for his life for half the season. The former Texas A&M star was sacked 58 times in 2013, and the Dolphins decided to address the offensive line position immediately. While Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin are no longer with Miami after the bullying issue, the Fins brought in Brandon Albert in a big-money free agency deal, as well as tackles JaWuan James and Billy Turner in the first few rounds of the NFL draft. A few guys were also brought in at the skill positions, including RB Knowshon Moreno and WR Jarvis Landry. Landry could be the starting slot receiver behind Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace if all goes well in the preseason. The Dolphins will kick off the season at New Miami Stadium with a Week 1 contest against the New England Patriots, which is a tough immediate test for the Fins. Miami will also see early home games against the Packers and Chiefs, guaranteeing we’ll know what kind of chances this team has early on. The Dolphins will also hit the road to play some tough squads including the Bears, Broncos and Patriots before finishing the season at New Miami against the rival Jets.
2013 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The Dolphins haven’t made it to the playoffs since 2008, but this could be the year that changes. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill is entering his second season in the NFL, and even though he isn’t as highly touted as Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson, he still promises to improve in the 2013 season. To make things easier for Tannehill, the Dolphins re-signed wide receiver Brian Hartline, and added Pittsburgh Steelers’ star receiver Mike Wallace and New York Jets’ tight end Dustin Keller. Not stopping at fixing the offense, the Dolphins made major changes on defense by adding linebackers Dannell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler as well as cornerback Brent Grimes. Miami selected Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan with the third overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft to further strengthen the defense. With many new faces on the team, the future looks bright for the Dolphins.
2012 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The Miami Dolphins have a new coach in Joe Philbin, previously the offensive coordinator for Green Bay, and hope he can right the ship that went 6-10 a year ago. Philbin then hired Mike Sherman, who was the head coach in Green Bay when Philbin was an assistant coach. Then Sherman was instrumental in drafting Ryan Tannehill with the #8 overall pick in the draft, who played for him at Texas A&M. While it all may be new to Dolphins fans, there’s a sense of familiarity in the new Miami leadership. Tannehill looks to be the starter at quarterback early on in Miami, as David Gerrard went down with an injury in training camp. He’ll have Legendu Naanee and Davone Bess to throw the ball to, as the Dolphins traded Brandon Marshall and released Chad Johnson in training camp due to off the field issues. In the backfield you’ll find Reggie Bush, coming off his best NFL season in 2011. He rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career, and will be complemented nicely by 2nd year man Daniel Thomas. The Dolphins will start the season in Houston, and also make a tough trip to San Francisco late in the season. They’ll bring in the hated Jets in Week 3, and then travel to MetLife to play Rex Ryan’s squad in Week 8.
2011 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The 2010 Miami Dolphins were hard to figure out. They would show flashes of greatness but at other times find it difficult to score. Head coach Tony Sporano will be looking to turn things around and return the Dolphins to relevance in the super-competitive AFC East. The Dolphins' success will rely heavily on whether they can get consistent play from quarterback Chad Henne. There will be added pressure on the former Michigan signal caller as the team's top two running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams are both gone. Reggie Bush has signed on to replace them, and will be shouldering much of the running duties. Luckily, Henne will have one of the league’s best targets in Brandon Marshall to throw to. The Dolphins defense was exposed at times last year as being soft, especially in a 38-7 blowout against the New England Patriots toward the end of the season. However, the squad was young and inexperienced last year and there are plenty of players who have a tremendous upside, including cornerback Sean Smith and linebacker Koa Mosi. If an untested defensive line can step up, the Dolphins can compete.
2010 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The Miami Dolphins play in the AFC East, which is one of the most competitive divisions in the NFL. It may be difficult for the Dolphins to return to the playoffs after missing out last year, having to go through a veteran New England Patriots club and an upstart New York Jets team. However, thanks to some new additions on offense Miami will come very close. Thanks to their introduction of the Wildcat offense to the league, Miami has been among the leaders in rushing yards the past several years, and with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown populating the backfield, it won't be surprising to see them rely heavily on the running game once again. Although Miami will certainly run the ball frequently, they may look to throw a little more often. The Dolphins signed wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the offseason, giving quarterback Chad Henne one of the best targets in the league in his first full year as a starter. On defense, Miami has a solid linebacking corps led by Channing Crowder. The squad will have to improve on their pass coverage this year though, as they surrendered more than 234 yards per through the air in 2009, and the burden falls on a cornerback squad led by Will Allen.
2009 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The Miami Dolphins surpassed all expectations in 2008 by posting an 11-5 record and winning the AFC East. So 2009 will be a season to see if the Dolphins can maintain those lofty levels or slump back to the bottom of the tough AFC East. Fins Head Coach Tony Sparano will be hoping to get another fantastic year out of his quarterback, Chad Pennington, and a salty defense. If Miami's running game is effective in '09 as Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams were last season, then the sky is the limit. It is possible the Dolphins could be the first NFL team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
2008 Miami Dolphins Season Preview
The Miami Dolphins can only improve in the coming season. The team will be coming off a poor year in 2007, but should be able to make a turnaround with off-season trades and the draft. The exciting thing about the NFL is how quickly a team can rebuild itself into a winner, and how exciting it is to watch that process. Dolphin Stadium will be the place to be for fans to watch Miami begin one of the toughest turnarounds in recent NFL history. Anything is possible in the NFL!