Over the course of 32 days (or so) I will be previewing all 32 NFL teams, followed by an overall season prediction post, leading up to the start of the 2014 season. This post is previewing the Miami Dolphins.
2013 was not a good season for the Dolphins. The team finished with a .500 record, but that’s not what people are going to remember about the season. What people will remember is the Richie Incognito–Jonathan Martin bullying scandal that dominated the headlines for much of the season and led to both players leaving the team.
On the field, the offense ranked in the bottom third of the league. QB Ryan Tannehill had decent numbers, throwing for 3913 yards and 24 touchdowns. WRs Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline both had good years. Wallace caught 73 passes for 930 yards and five scores while Hartline caught 76 ballsPatriots for 1016 yards and four touchdowns. TE Charles Clay added another 69 for 759 and found the endzone six times. RB Lamar Miller got most of the running duties, starting 15 games with just over 700 yards and two touchdowns while the number two RB Daniel Thomas ran for 406 yards and four scores.
Looking ahead, with the core of the offense returning from last season — for better or worse — you probably can’t expect much of an improvement over last season’s 8-8 record because the players’ talent is what it is. It looks like the Dolphins should expect to play in a few shootouts with games against teams with strong offensive attacks, such the Packers, Bears, Lions, Broncos and of course two after the division-rival Patriots. It’s looking like a six- to eight-win season for the Joe Philbin-led team.