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How Do The New Dolphins Stack Up?
By on May 23, 2012 at 5:57 pm

It’s become apparent–it even had at times last year–that the Dolphins have moved away from the Parcellsian mold and towards a different breed of player.

An NFL team’s roster churns every offseason, but the changes may be more noticeable this year because of the arrival of  Joe Philbin, Mike Sherman and Kevin Coyle. A different schematic philosophy tends to translate into roster turnover to ease the transition.

Sun-Sentinel’s Omar Kelly did a good job breaking down who the Dolphins have brought in to replace several outgoing players and what it potentially means moving forward.

For the all uncertainty that remains, it’s interesting to look at certain position groups–the quarterbacks and wide receivers, in particular–and see how much more depth there is this year than last.

What do you think?


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RandyBluesman says:

Who is The “MORON” that let Yeramiah Bell go to the Jets??
I’ve been a loyal fan since 1970 and Now I’m really wondering IF anyone except the players know what they are really doing?
from now on my attitude is “Show Me!”

FinFromBegin says:

I’m glad to see the faster tempo being employed. I remember how embarrassing it was at the beginning of last year when our defense was sucking air at home against the Patriots. We have to be the most acclimated to our own climate.

Dolfan111681 says:

It is sad that Dolphins has become the dump bucket for espn and every reporter covering the nfl. I really dont know if its just me being a loyal fan or what, but I really think this is our best team in a long time. The speed on this team is by far the best in our history. I is awsome not to have a go to reciever. They said Wes welker wasn’t a top reciever, but yet now he is. If you look at all the recievers from the Packers team, none of them were top picks…. maybe Driver. I just can’t wait to see everyone face when the dolphins win 10 games. That best case and worst article is crap. The future power rankings article is crap to. How are they saying fins are going to be 28th in power ranking, how are they going to say fins have the worst Wr group, how are they going to say we will be lucky to win 9 games. What are people looking at? Depth at QB, RB, WR, and S is what we have long needed and we have. Man..I can’t wait.

professorlou says:

Even with the absence of Marshall on the offense they have improved the wide receiver corps with the speed they have in guys like Moore and Matthews. I know I’m projecting but I believe Matthews makes the team and contributes right out of the gate. I also believe Marlon Moore will have a breakout year along with Hartline and Bess. Spreading the ball around to these guys will have a tremendous benefit. What people fail to realize is that, if the offensive philosophy last year would have been to include Hartline and Bess on more plays rather than focus on Marshall, the team would have been a lot more successful on offense. They are both capable of making plays, getting yards after the catch and they both have great hands.
The speed of the team is outrageous. With Miller at running back and even Messam with his speed at his size, Matthews and guys like Egnew the speed on offense is going to be difficult to defend. With the tempo that they are going for I think the opposing defenses are going to find it tough going this year when they have to defend Bush, Clay, Miller, Egnew, Bess and Hartline all on one play.
So, they definitely have improved on the offensive side of the ball. No doubt about it.
I also expect Odrick to have double digit sack numbers this year and Wake should benefit tremendously from his presence on passing downs. Overall, things are looking much brighter but the biggest reason for their improvement this year will be in the coaching.
What Philbin is doing with the up tempo drills in practice is something that’s going to give them a tremendous advantage, especially in the heat and humidity at home, but even when the weather is not a factor. The lack of conditioning last year was a major reason for the team going 0-7 at the beginning of the season.

professorlou says:

The one thing that bothers me about Omar’s assessment of the situation is that he completely ignores the fact that Matt Moore is an important piece of the puzzle. Tannehill could end up being the future of this team but, as we all know, there are no guarantees. He could be a bust at the position and the only way they will find out how good he is will be when he plays.
However, Moore did a lot of good things last year and he was impressive considering everything he had to overcome. I don’t expect Tannehill to be the starter day one. If you listen to what Joe Philbin said in his press conference about what he’s looking for in the quarterback who will be the starter the only quarterback on the roster with all of those qualities at this time is Matt Moore.
Sure Tannehill has a good grasp of the offense but he’s still got a long way to go before he’s up to speed with NFL defenses and understanding the complexities of what he’s going to see on the other side of the ball.
Moore is starter day one. No if’s, and’s or butt’s. That’s my story and I’m stikcin’ to it.

PsychFugue says:

“What do you think?”

Like a LOT of Miami Dolphin fans, I’ve heard the same words to this song before. Ireland has had 4 years at the helm so far and our record speaks for itself.

Every year we hear how we have “improved” at every position, and every year we have regressed…

Just sayin’…. I’ll believe it when I see it! LOL