The NFL released the 2012 preseason schedules today and the Dolphins will be locking horns with some familiar opponents in the month of August. The Fins open up at home against Tampa Bay, then travel to Carolina, host Atlanta and visit Dallas. Below are several storylines that we’ll be discussing as kickoff gets closer:
- For the second straight year, all four preseason opponents come from the NFC. This is just the eighth time in franchise history the Fins will face opponents only from the other conference in the preseason.
- The Dolphins are not scheduled to see any of their four opponents during the regular season.
- Only one of the four preseason opponents (Atlanta) was a playoff team in 2011.
- When the Fins and Bucs square off on either August 9th, 10th or 11th, it will be the 19th preseason match-up between the teams in the last 21 years and the 12th consecutive preseason in which they’ve met.
- That game will also mark the first-ever game for the head coaches of both teams: Joe Philbin and Greg Schiano.
- The Bucs game will also look different: no infield dirt. With the new Marlins Park opening tonight on the old Orange Bowl site, all 10 home games will be played without any orange clay getting in the way.
- The second preseason game at Carolina could give us a nice look at last year’s #1 overall pick, Cam Newton, who threw for 66 yards and ran for 18 Week 2 of last preseason at Sun Life Stadium.
- The Week 3 game against Atlanta will mark Mike Nolan’s return to South Florida–the Falcons defensive coordinator served that role for the Dolphins in 2010 and ’11.
- Offensive lineman John Jerry could very well be fighting for a starting job in the game against the Falcons…and he may very well be doing so against his brother, Peria, a defensive lineman for the Falcons.
- The preseason finale at Dallas will mark the third straight year the teams have met in an exhibition and will also be a return to the Lone Star State for new offensive coordinator Mike Sherman, who was the head coach at Texas A&M from 2008-2011.
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