Miami Dolphins Fans Should Be Excited About Next Season

If you are a fan of the Miami Dolphins you should be excited, very excited.

Your team is about to take a big step in to being one of the top teams in the NFL. The foundation has already been built, and now is the time to start putting it to use.

This year is the year that good things will start and then continue to happen for the Miami Dolphins franchise. This is the year that people will start to realize that the Dolphins are here to stay, and here are just a few reasons why:

A Much Better Passing Game

The Miami Dolphins passing game has only gotten better from last year. They released the excess baggage that was holding them down in Ted Ginn Jr, signed Brandon Marshall who is one of the best receivers in the NFL, and still have all of those consistent receivers you have come to love over the last couple of years. Chad Henne has all of the tools he needs to become one of the best quarterbacks in the league, now let us see what he does with those tools.

The Same Old Running Game

In the last two years the Dolphins have consistently ran the ball with success. No matter what was happening with the passing game or with the defense, you could be sure that the running game would work out. Well, that same old running game is back and now it does not have to carry the bulk of Miami Dolphins offense. Now that Miami has a stronger passing game, opposing teams will focus less on Miami running the ball and more on them passing the ball. This will, no doubt, open up the field for the Dolphin backs.

A Great Offensive Line

One key to Miami’s success the last two years running the ball was the offensive line’s ability to block. The Dolphins offensive line corps does a superb job at protecting all of its backs (QB and RB), and all signs show that they will be able to do it again.

A Great New Coach

The Dolphins have been improving their defense for basically the entire off-season. Miami started off by hiring Mike Nolan as their new defensive coordinator. Out of the eleven total years that Mike Nolan has been a defensive coordinator in the NFL, Nolan’s defense has been in the bottom half of the NFL in points allowed only three of those years. Six of those years Nolan’s defenses were in the top 10 in points allowed in the NFL. So, as a defensive coordinator, Mike Nolan’s defense has been in the top ten of the NFL for the majority of his career.

A Much Better Defense

The bulk of Miami’s focus this off-season has been on the defense. Nolan was obviously the first big change for the defense, but he definitely wasn’t the last. Miami then went on to sign Karlos Dansby, an extremely talented linebacker from Arizona. The Dolphins also looked to the draft to improve their defense. Seven out of their eight draft picks were used on defensive players. Mike Nolan has also, apparently, been changing the mentality of the defense. Nolan has been turning the defense into an attacking defense. Instead of sitting back like Paul Pasqualoni had them do last year, Nolan has been teaching them to be more aggressive and force offenses to have to make more changes against them.

Not only will next season be great for the Miami Dolphins, but so will the seasons following it.

Teams like the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots were able to build foundations around great quarterbacks and win 10+ games every season. Miami should now be able to do the same simply because they now have a franchise quarterback named Chad Henne leading the team.


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2 comments:

Riverdog said...

I can't be that positive about our chances next year. Mostly because of an absolute lousy defense last year. You can't fix something that bad with a few FAs and a bunch of unproven draft choices in one year.

Don't get me wrong I know this defense is going to be better than last years squad. Most of the old worn out players are gone, along with their attitude, and a losing mentallity. Those guys are finally gone for good and that is biggest reason the defense will improve this year.

What Nolan will mean to the defense I don't think any of us can say. But once again he is a step up from last year. We are getting there dolfans hang in there. I just don't think this is the year. Another year of seasoning for the players, and a good hard look at Sparano cleaning up his mistakes with game time decisions. We will know allot more about this team and the fixes will easier to make in the offseason next year. Then look out this team is really going to be good.

But I don't see it being a SB contender or the AFC division winner this year. Sorry I wish I could say different.

Paul S. said...

I tend to agree with you, but I still feel like we have a shot at it. We are a lot better than most people give us credit for.