The Miami Dolphins have had three straight losing seasons, going 6-10 last season. Fans have a few reasons to be optimistic, however, as some big changes have come in the past six months.
Joe Philbin was hired as head coach in January, replacing the energetic but overmatched Tony Sparano. Philbin brought on former Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman as offensive coordinator and former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle as defensive coordinator.
In the draft, GM Jeff Ireland officially signaled a new era in Miami football when he selected Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill eighth overall. Tannehill may not start at all this upcoming season, but he is officially the team's quarterback of the future.
Tannehill, along with fellow rookies Jonathan Martin, Lamar Miller, Olivier Vernon and Michael Egnew, should give Dolphins fans at least some hope that the future is bright.
But Miami still has some talent on the current roster, and there are a few players in particular who need to step up their game this season if they want to remain part of the team's future plans.