5 Reasons Why 2012 Will Be the Most Important Year in Miami Dolphins History

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5 Reasons Why 2012 Will Be the Most Important Year in Miami Dolphins History
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It's only February and the draft is but two months away, so why did I get hyperbolic on the headline?

Simple, because it is.

The year 2012 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Miami Dolphins' perfect season and will also be the year of greatest importance to the team.

A new head coach is in town, and a new quarterback is sure to follow. While there are no guarantees that the Dolphins will be a playoff contender in 2012, the year is still going to be a turning point of a season that the team hasn't seen since Dan Marino retired.

It's a simple fact that 2012 will be the off-season and season where we can get a good idea of where the Dolphins will go this upcoming decade. Will they be contenders and become this decade's version of the New England Patriots, or will they be this upcoming decade's version of, well, the Miami Dolphins?

So many questions will be answered between now and Jan. 1, 2013, which is when we should have a better feel for Miami's future. Here are a few reasons why 2012 is so important.

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