The State of Affairs in Miami

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By Jay Tucker

The expected signing of Detroit Lion’s DT, Ndamukong Suh, will give the Miami Dolphins one of the most fearsome defensive lines on paper.  Suh would join Cameron Wake, Olivier Vernon, and a host of other talented players that should give Tom Brady and the other quarterbacks of the league reason to not sleep well.

The other side of the line is far from stellar.  Quarterback Ryan Tannehill spent way too much time on his backside last year.  The young Fins signal caller was sacked 46 times last year, and has been sacked 139 times during his first three years in the league.  If the Dolphins are to ever be a serious contender, this has to change in a hurry.

It wasn’t all bad last year.  All Pro center Mike Pouncey’s injury issues caused great concern for the team during the season.  Miami was able to find a little bit of magic with the likes of rookie Ja’Wuan James and veteran Samson Satele.  Pouncey was able to return at RG and gave the team some much needed stability.

The biggest disappointment for DolFans, however, was the season ending injury to Branden Albert.  Miami is certainly counting on him to return in 2015 to protect Tannehill’s blind side.  If Albert can return to previous form, if the team can resign Satele, if Pouncey continues to settle into his new position at RG, and if they can find another piece either in free agency or the draft, the Dolphins could very well be on their way to challenging the New England Patriots for AFC East supremacy.

DolFans have definitely heard this all before, but next season is truly a reason to have hope.  RB Lamar Miller proved that he can be a solid ball carrier.  Tannehill produced his best season despite all of the sacks by completing 66% of his passes, 4,045 yds, 27 td, 12 int, and a 92.8 qbr, all of which are career bests.

Miami has already lost Brian Hartline to the Cleveland Browns in free agency, and the departures of WR Mike Wallace and TE Charles Clay are certainly possibilities.  Neither Wallace or Clay has lived up to the potential that many have placed on their shoulders.  Miami should be major players in free agency and the draft this off season to find a friend or two for emerging star, Jarvis Landry.

Like all teams, the Dolphins have some major issues to address before the first snap of the 2015 season. However, the defense should be stellar, and the development of Tannehill has been a welcomed breathe of fresh air.  Fans in Miami are left to trust the front office and coaching staff to finally pull this team out of mediocrity.

Dolfans have certainly heard this all before.

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