The Miami Dolphins of 2012 are aiming to be nothing like the team of 2011. Needless to say, the season was a relative disappoint for loyal Miami fans who wait season after season for a rebirth. With a new staff in place highlighted by former Green Bay Packer offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and ex-head coach Mike Sherman, I believe next year will finally be dawn of a new era.
A team can only suffer for so long; just ask the Detroit Lions who took a big step forward when making the playoffs this past season. But the team I think the Dolphins are more likely to emulate in terms of a turnaround is the San Francisco 49ers who broke serious ground under a new regime led by another offensive whiz in Jim Harbaugh.
In order to have success in this league, especially in a competitive AFC East division, a team must have the essential building blocks and undisputed marquee players to lead the way. Although Miami has seen better days, they have more pieces than one would think from first glance.
In this article, I'd like to identify some of the current players on the Dolphins roster that will be staples in the new era.