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Miami Dolphins: Why Dolphins Will Be AFC East's Peskiest Team

Devin NoonanCorrespondent IIIJanuary 1, 2017

Miami Dolphins: Why Dolphins Will Be AFC East's Peskiest Team

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    It may not be the Miami Dolphins' turn to take control of the AFC East, but they do seem ready to start giving their division rivals some problems, nonetheless.

    The New England Patriots head into the regular season as the odds-on favorites to take home yet another division title, at the very least.

    The Buffalo Bills are a revamped squad with tons of potential and the New York Jets are trying to make their way back to the AFC Championship game for the third time in four seasons.

    It'd be wrong to expect Miami to come out and steal the Lombardi Trophy in their first season under Joe Philbin, but here's why they'll stir up the tension for their AFC East foes.

Brand New Offense

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    Offensive Coordinator Mike Sherman is increasing the tempo for 2012.

    New additions Chad Johnson (no longer Ochocinco) and David Garrard appear poised to play major roles in this new-look Miami offense.

    With the team running more plays and targeting more options, it will be tough for opponents to keep up with their newly integrated West Coast style of play.

Reggie's Running

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    Reggie Bush is coming back off of a career year in 2011.

    His first ever 1,000-yard rushing season has him re-energized and ready to establish himself as an elite NFL running back.

    Some may think he doesn't have what it takes, but he seems to believe that he has an actual shot at winning this year's rushing title.

    Whether he legitimately has a chance to be the best running back in the game is debatable.

    Regardless of personal accolades, Bush is still going to utilize his unique skill set and pester opposing defenses.

Switch to the 4-3

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    Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive backs coach Kevin Coyle is now in charge of running the D' in Miami, which naturally means some change.

    Players seem to be enjoying his high level of energy and way of conducting business as they transition to a 4-3 style defense this season.

    Although it's still early on in training camp, Coyle has voiced his pleasure about the effort each individual has put in thus far and the way things are coming along.

    The Miami defense really started to gel toward the end of last year, but this new mindset and intensified atmosphere should promote improvement right from the first snap come September.

No One Expects the Unexpected

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    The Dolphins won't be considered a playoff contender as they enter the 2012 season, not unless you're a hopeful fan, that is.

    Believe it or not, this may prove to be their biggest advantage of all.

    HBO's Hard Knocks has already started to bring some early attention to the 'Phins, but odds are they will be one of the least talked-about teams come opening kickoff.

    It's those teams that tend to fly under the radar that have the uncanny ability to spoil the playoff hopes of others.

    No one will ever expect the high caliber of play that we're going to see out of Miami this year.

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