The Miami Dolphins might not have the capacity to win more than seven or eight games, but they certainly have the capacity to lose 11 or 12.
In order to maximize their potential, the Dolphins will need contributions from players who haven't provided it in the past.
And they're not afraid of giving these players major roles.
Miami will have first-time starters at right tackle and defensive end, and possibly at wide receiver as well. Beyond that, the Fins will seek substantial production from two unproven safeties, and a handful of underachieving skill players.
If these nine players can make great leaps from 2011 to 2012, then the Dolphins can easily win between seven and nine games. But, if they don't, we could be in for another agonizing season.