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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