Sportalk, Anthony Newton
Many people will continue to talk about all of the pieces that the Miami Dolphins have lost, and how they won’t get to the playoffs with this team. Let’s look back at 2016 when Miami made their playoff run. Many people forget that we started that season off at 1-4 and many people thought it was going to be another bad season for Miami. Through those first 5 games the only one they won was an overtime game against the Cleveland Browns! With a new head coach at the helm Miami was not looking good. Then you saw a coach who didn’t care what anyone said he was going to do it his way. In the last 11 games Miami went 9-2 and landed a spot in the wildcard game where they would lose to Pittsburgh.
That was the same team that the Dolphins brought back in 2017, but the locker room had changed significantly with their QB and leader not being there in Tannehill. In the media, we are not exactly sure what happened behind the scenes, but Adam Gase was and is determined to change the way things are done in Miami. He got rid of Jay Ajayi first; trading him to the Eagles for a 4th round draft pick. They gave Jarvis Landry the green light to seek a trade for himself. They released Ndamokung Suh, giving him the option to sign with another team. Mike Pouncey wanted too much money and he was injured for the last 2 seasons. Adam Gase wants to get back to playing football; these moves let him do that!
Who did they bring in to fill these roster losses? They acquire a winner and 2-time Super Bowl winner in Danny Amendola from the Patriots. Miami has also added a 5-time pro bowler and 5th all-time leading rusher in Frank Gore. Albert Wilson is on the rise with his ability to make plays. Miami got an average center in Daniel Kilgore. To sure up that offensive line that has given the Dolphins so many problems in the past Miami signed a Super Bowl champion, 4-time pro bowler, and first team all-pro guard in Josh Sitton. The team has brought in veterans that have had success in their careers and also individuals that know what it takes to win, both on and off the field!
Ryan Tannehill is going to need to stay healthy in order for this team to be a real contender. Before he was injured in 2016 Tannehill showed promise. He was beginning to be the franchise QB Miami thought he was. With all the weapons they have on offense it is going to be hard to game plan for one specific player which is what they did when the offense was geared around Jarvis Landry. When I took a look at all the touchdowns Landry scored last year, they were all less than 10 yards which leads me to believe most of those touchdowns came from Gase’s remarkable play calling. The offense was built around getting the ball to Jay Ajayi and Landry. In this new offense Miami is hoping that they will make plays by doing their job and executing plays.