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.

 Quarterbacks

 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.

(Chad Henne)

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.

GRADE- 7.25

 Running Backs

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.

(Ronnie Brown)

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.

GRADE- 8

 Receivers

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. 

(Brandon Marshall)

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.

GRADE- 7.5

 Offensive Line

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.

(Jake Long)

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.

GRADE- 8

 Defensive Line

 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.

(Jared Odrick)

Others- Paul Soliai, Jason Fergusen

Fergusen will be back for the 2nd half of the season.

GRADE- 7

 Linebackers

 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.

(Channing Crowder)

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.

GRADE- 7.5

Secondary

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.

(Yeremiah Bell)

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.

GRADE- 7.5

 Special Teams

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.

GRADE- 7

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  

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