YOOOAdrian’s 2010 NFL Preview- Miami Dolphins
In a week 3 game in the 2008 season against New England, the Dolphins reintroduced the single wing formation and called it the “Wildcat.” Ronnie Brown had a total of 5 touchdowns (4 rush, 1 pass) that game as Miami cruised to a 38-13 win. Now, virtually every NFL team has their form of the “Wildcat.” In that same season, Miami went 11-5 and won the AFC East. Last year, the squad dipped to 7-9 as the competition adjusted to the “Wildcat.” Was 2008 a fluke? We’ll find that out this season.
Chad Henne- 274/451 60.8% 2,878 yds 12 td 14 int 75.2 rat
This will be Henne’s 1st full season as a starter. He’s well built and has a very strong arm. His decision making and game management need to improve.
Others- Tyler Thigpen, Chad Pennington
Pennington comes off his 3rd shoulder surgery of his career. His football intelligence make up for his lack of arm strength.
Thigpen is mobile and can make plays.
Ronnie Brown- 147 car 648 yds 4.4 avg 8 td 14 rec 98 yds
Brown orchestrates the “Wildcat”, but he comes off his 2nd surgery in the past 3 seasons. He’s played all 16 games just once in 6 professional seasons.
As a runner, Brown can do a bit of everything. He’s agile, powerful and speedy enough to make people miss.
Ricky Williams- 241 car 1,121 yds 4.7 avg 11 td 35 rec 264 yds 2 td
At 33, Williams doesn’t look to be slowing down. He’s a punishing runner who finishes runs. He had his 1st 1,000+ yard season since 2003.
Others- Lex Hilliard, Lousaka Polite
Injuries decimated the Dolphin backs a year ago. A guy like Hilliard and Cobbs can see plenty of carries this season.
Polite is the fullback who gets some short yardage attempts.
Brandon Marshall- 101 rec 1,120 yds 11.1 avg 10 td
Marshall overstayed his welcome with head coach Josh McDaniels and the Denver Broncos. He gets a fresh slate.
He’s a possession receiver who uses his size, strength and leaping ability to make plays.
Brian Hartline- 31 rec 506 yds 16.3 avg 3 td
Hartline produced late in the season as a rookie. He plays with a solid burst and is a smart route runner.
Davone Bess- 76 rec 758 yds 10.0 avg 2 td
Bess is quick and best after the catch.
TE- Anthony Fasano- 31 rec 339 yds 10.9 avg 2 td
Fasano isn’t a playmaker, but he’s a solid blocking tight end.
Others- Roberto Wallace, Marlon Moore, John Nalbone
Wallace and Moore are both rookies. Greg Camarillo was traded and Patrick Turner was cut.
LT- Jake Long
Long, the 2008 overall number 1 pick has already made an impact in the NFL. He has extremely long arms and knows how to use them effectively. He packs a powerful initial 1st punch. Long is a very strong run blocker who has improved as a pass protector.
LG- Nate Garner
Garner is currently injured and will most of the 1st half of the season. The fiery Richie Incognito will start in place of Garner for the time being.
C- Jake Grove
Grove is an excellent run blocker as a center.
RG- John Jerry
Jerry is a 3rd round rookie from Ole Miss. He’s powerful and has lost some weight
RT- Vernon Carey
Carey is a massive man and dominates when he maintains leverage.
LDE- Kendall Langford- 43 tck 2.5 sck 2 p def 1 ff
Langford relies on his power. He’s solid against the run.
NT- Randy Starks- 56 tck 7 sck
Fergusen is the best nose tackle on the team, but will miss the 1st 8 games due to suspension. Starks started at end last season.
RDE- Jared Odrick- ROOKIE
The rook will get thrown right into the fire with the Achilles injury to Philip Merling. Odrick is tough, but needs to show consistency.
Others- Paul Soliai, Jason Fergusen
Fergusen will be back for the 2nd half of the season.
LOLB- Koa Misi- ROOKIE
Misi is a 2nd round pick from Utah who is the latest college defensive end who is transitioning to a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s a high motor player.
LILB- Channing Crowder- 51 tck 1 sck 1 int 3 p def
Crowder is at his best playing near the line of scrimmage and stopping the run. He needs to get better in coverage.
RILB- Karlos Dansby- 109 tck 1 sck 1 int 4 p def 1 ff
Dansby comes over from Arizona and is an athletic playmaker. He will have to adjust playing the inside backer in a 3-4. Dansby is good in coverage but can have trouble shedding off blocks.
ROLB- Cameron Wake- 23 tck 5.5 sck 1 p def 1 ff
Wake is a great story becoming a starter in the NFL after playing in the CFL. He has the ability to become a solid pass rusher.
Others- Reggie Torbor, Charlie Anderson
Anderson is a veteran and a career backup.
Torbor is another savvy veteran.
LCB- Vontae Davis- 53 tck 4 int 11 p def
Davis is athletically gifted, even though he can get burned on occasion.
RCB- Sean Smith- 38 tck 12 p def
Smith has long arms and uses them effectively in press coverage. He needs to put on a few pounds.
CB- Jason Allen- 22 tck 2 p def
Has yet to turn the corner since being drafted in the 1st round in 2006.
FS- Chris Clemons- 13 tck
Clemons has plenty of speed, but he’s not a dependable tackler.
SS- Yeremiah Bell- 114 tck 3 int 9 p def 1.5 sck
Bell is one of the hardest hitters in the NFL at the safety position. He struggles a bit covering tight ends.
Others- Tyrone Culver, Reshad Jones, Bennie Sapp
With Will Allen on IR, someone is going to have to step up as the 3rd corner, whether it’s Jason Allen, Bennie Sapp or someone else.
Culver is a free safety who’s a better tackler than Clemons.
PK- Dan Carpenter- 25/28 52 lg
Carpenter has a nice leg and hit 2 game winning field goals.
P- Brandon Fields- 75 punts 46.3 avg 25 in 20 66 lg
Fields, at 6’5, has to be the tallest punter in the league.
KR- Patrick Cobbs- 16 ret 22.6 39 lg
Ginn was a good return man. Cobbs will try to fill the vacancy.
PR- Davone Bess- 28 punts 7.5 avg 22 lg
Bess doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he’s quick.
2010 PREDICTION- 8-8
I think last season’s record of 7-9 was a good indicator of what Miami is, a 7 to 9 win football team. The “Wildcat” got them an AFC East Title in 2008. Unless Tony Sparano has some new innovations, I don’t think this team has enough overall talent to get a playoff berth. I do like Chad Henne, he reminds me of Joe Flacco.
Offensive MVP- Ronnie Brown
Defensive MVP- Yeremiah Bell
Breakthrough- Chad Henne
Overrated- Brandon Marshall
Underrated- Ricky Williams