Last Season: 8-8 (good first half of the season, garbage second half)
Key Additions: Ndamukong Suh, Kenny Stills, Jordan Cameron, lots of quality depth
Key Losses: Knowshon Moreno, Mike Wallace,Brian Hartline, lots of quality depth
The Dolphins have been mediocre and boring for the past several years, and, as a consequence, I don’t think they are getting recognition for the insanely busy offseason they’ve had. They picked up Suh, which will bolster an already very stout defensive line, but they also grabbed a high quality tight end with Jordan Cameron and replaced the unreliable Mike Wallace with Kenny Stills, who showed nice potential in New Orleans. QB Ryan Tannehill got paid the big bucks, and he improves every year.
The Dolphins have been on the cusp of relevancy for awhile now. Held back by bland-to-mediocre coaching and the almighty death star that is the Patriots in the same division, they keep putting together a roster that looks very much like it could get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs but can’t seem to make that leap. The whole AFC East looks to be strong this season but both the Jets and Bills have major questions at QB and the Dolphins don’t. The Patriots might not have Brady for a portion of the year if the suspension holds, which may hurt their chances (but let’s be honest, Pats are still the favorite anyway).
I believe in the Phins. I believe in the plain oatmeal that is Joe Philbin. I believe in the crushing power of EarthWake and Suhnami. I believe Ryan Tannehill can get it done. I believe the Dolphins can reach the playoffs and get eliminated in the wild card round by the Ravens.
Do actual Dolphins fans feel the same way? Let’s ask one.