The Miami Dolphins have a rich tradition of undefeated seasons, Super Bowl wins and appearances (how can we forget the Wildcat). Sadly, the most recent history has been losing season after losing season. I don’t expect anything different this upcoming season. The Dolphins have no playmakers, save Reggie Bush, since they traded away the best player they have had in recent history, Brandon Marshall. They dumped Tony Sparano as their head coach, hiring rookie coach Joe Philbin. They also missed out on the services of Peyton Manning, and placed their future in the hand of rookie WR turned QB, Ryan Tannehill. Then just yesterday, it was announced that HBO will profile the team on Hard Knocks this year. The whole nation will be able to see exactly what all of this looks like for the Dolphins. Who will emerge as the darling of South Beach on HBO: the rookie Head Coach, who recently loss his son to a tragedy, the rookie newlywed QB, or will it be a veteran like Bush? Exciting times in Miami even if the football is bad.
Fantasy Football Studs: Well Reggie Bush had a pretty good year for his first year as a Dolphin. He started off kinda slow but ended the year with 1086 rushing yards and 7 combined TDs, the most of anyone on the current roster (bye-bye Brandon Marshall). Experience has taught me that Reggie Bush himself may be a stud, but he’s no fantasy football stud. Those are hard to come by on the Miami Dolphins.
Area of Strength: The running game will have to be the area of strength, since there is not any certainty in who the starting QB will be. Matt Moore did an adequate job last season taking the snaps, but there is also former Jacksonville Jaguar, David Garrard, and of course Tannehill. Running the rock will be Bush, who had his best season in the league in his first year in Miami, and second year RB , Daniel Thomas. The running game will definitely be the teams strength this season.
Area of Weakness: Ummm let’s see…Quarterback? Yeah. It’s safe to say the Dolphins still need one. To their credit, they did try to become winner of the Payton Manning dating game but things did not quite pan out. Unless some strong miracle happens between the publishing of this post and when the season starts, the Dolphins are going to have a season of more ups and downs.
2012 Marquee Matchups: I don’t expect that the Dolphins will be in playoff contention this season, but they do faceoff against their long time rival, the Jets in Week 3 and Week 8. They also have a tough test right out the gate in Week 1 against the much improved Texans defense.
All Things Miami Dolphins: There are several ways to keep up with the 2012 Miami Dolphins, here are a few:
Apps: There is only one pretty good one and its the Miami Dolphins Official App for iPhone or iPad (by Mobile Roadie).
Fan Clubs: The Dolphins don’t appear to have an official fan club. On the teams site is shows pictures of “Finactics”, but club I can recommend at this time. There is another cool site for fans, Fin Heaven http://www.finheaven.com/