Pop-quiz time. Who are Legedu Naanee, Brian Hartline, Davone Bess, Marlon Moore, Julius Pruitt and Roberto Wallace? If you didn't already know, don't feel very bad.
They are the names of the top six receivers for the Miami Dolphins.
Following the trade of Brandon Marshall to Chicago and the subsequent release of Chad Johnson, the Dolphins are void of any star wide receiver or somebody that could lay claim to being a true NFL No. 1 starting wideout.
It doesn't matter that Reggie Bush had a good year in 2011; defenses around the league will now be stuffing the box with eight defenders and daring Miami to throw the ball to beat them.
In 2011, the Dolphins had the No. 22 overall offense and were 23th in passing. Their offense scored an average of 20.6 points per game, which ranked them 20th in PPG. I believe their scoring average will be dropping lower this year due to the passing attack.
As for the Dolphins pass defense, it also had its share of issues, as it ranked 25th last year.
As we watched the first episode of Hard Knocks on HBO, the Dolphins offense was struggling in the preseason opener, so this could be another rough year in Miami. It will be interesting to see if the Dolphins bring in any other veterans to bolster their passing offense, but time is starting to run out on training camp.
The knee injury to David Garrard is a setback, but only a temporary one. He was making good progress, but it further delays the chemistry he was building with the rest of the starters.
With respect to the playoffs in 2012, I don't see the Dolphins offense being strong enough to compete in the AFC this year.
Miami needs to develop some other weapons before it can contend.