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The Miami Dolphins' 2013 season will likely be remembered more for what happened away from the field than what happened on it. The Jonathan Martin-Richie Incognito ordeal left a black mark on the franchise and the NFL and likely didn’t help matters for the Dolphins on the field.
With the matter finally behind them Miami can try and build on last year’s 8-8 record which snapped a streak of four straight losing seasons.
Miami Dolphins Odds to Win AFC East: +650 at Bovada
Miami Dolphins Odds to Win Super Bowl: 66/1 at Bovada
Miami Dolphins Regular Season Win Total: 7.5 at Bovada
Miami Dolphins Betting Props: Ryan Tannehill to lead NFL in Passing Yards 100/1 at Bovada
Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill will likely never be a star, but he showed improvement in his second season, passing for just under 4000 yards with 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Tannehill has two respectable targets in Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline, but beyond that the Dolphins' receiving corps is thin and void of any standouts. If Miami wants to improve its passing game it may want to start with their horrible offensive line. Tannehill was sacked more times than any other QB in the league last year, an astounding 58 times. By comparison, second on the list, Joe Flacco, was sacked 48 times.
The Miami ground game was non-existent most of last season, ranking a pathetic 26th and averaging only 90 yards per game. Lamar Miller showed flashes of promise at times, but he may start the season sharing the backfield with new acquisition Knowshon Moreno. Moreno played in all 16 games for just the first time in four seasons last year, so if his old injury troubles resurface (he’s already dealing with knee problems) Miller could end up carrying most of the load.
The Miami defense was a strength most of last season, thanks in part to a strong pass rush led by ends Cameron Wake and Oliver Vernon. The Dolphins' linebackers held their own last season while the secondary needed work at times, but help may have arrived. Veteran Cortland Finnegan has to prove he still has something left, while there is promise in young corners Jamar Taylor and Will Davis.
AFC East Odds at Bovada as of August 5
New England Patriots -300
Miami Dolphins +650
New York Jets +650
Buffalo Bills +900
The acquisition of Mike Wallace highlighted a very busy offseason for the Miami Dolphins, who improved more than any other team in the AFC East. Reloaded on both sides of the ball, the Dolphins should take a step forward in 2013; but will it be enough to dethrone the New England Patriots?
Miami fought to a decent 7-9 SU record in 2012 despite being below-average on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins finished 27th in the league in total yards on offense with 311.5 per game and 21st in the league in total yards against on defense with 356.8 yards per game. Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill was serviceable but unspectacular, throwing for 3,294 yards and 12 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.
Many are expecting Tannehill to take a step forward in 2013, and he is certainly being given the weapons to do so. In addition to speedy star wideout Mike Wallace, the Dolphins also added Brandon Gibson and upgraded at tight end with Dustin Keller replacing Anthony Fasano. Reggie Bush is out, but Lamar Miller takes over as the starting back and looks capable of big things.
Miami didn’t just improve on offense, addressing its lackluster pass defense with a slew of draft picks and acquisitions. Inside Linebackers Danell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler should make an immediate impact, Brent Grimes replaces Sean Smith at cornerback and third overall pick Dion Jordan should be a spark plug at defensive end.
The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets both look to have a lot of work to do, and the New England Patriots took a lot of personnel hits this offseason. Miami could make a run at the AFC East title if everything comes together. The bottom line will be the progression of Ryan Tannehill; if he can take a big step forward in his development, the Dolphins will be a contender. If he hits a sophomore slump, it will likely spell out another middle of the pack season for the teal and orange.
AFC East Odds at Bovada as of July 26
New England Patriots -400
Miami Dolphins +325
New York Jets +1600
Buffalo Bills +1600