The 2012 Dolphins got off to an okay start, losing two nail-biters in OT but still going 4-3 before losing five of their next six. They ended the season 7-9. They gave away Brandon Marshall to the Bears for two third-round picks before the season and felt it big time, as rookie Ryan Tannehill didn’t have many consistent targets, and none near Marshall’s caliber. Still, Tannehill showed some potential and will benefit from the signings of Mike Wallace and Dustin Keller. Keller replaces Anthony Fasano who signed with Kansas City. After two good seasons, running back Reggie Bush signed with Detroit, so Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas will take over in what should be a fine running tandem. An underrated offense looks to bring the Dolphins back into the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Defensively, the Dolphins were bad on pass defense and decidedly average against the rush. But no NFL team made a bigger splash in free agency than Miami, and with the franchise’s rebranding complete with new Nike-style uniforms, signees Philip Wheeler, Daniel Ellerbe, Brent Grimes, and first-round draft pick linebacker Dion Jordan bring in a lot of momentum. 31-year-old Cameron Wake is still the king on D in Miami, recording 15 sacks a year ago. An improved team on both sides of the ball will benefit from a year of development for Tannehill, but a tough early schedule will make it hard for them to move up in the division. Miami plays Indianapolis, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Baltimore in Weeks 2-5. But new energy on this football team definitely makes them a team to watch. Don’t miss a single game by getting your tickets with Gold Coast Tickets today!