Breaking Down the Miami Dolphins' Plans for 2012

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Breaking Down the Miami Dolphins' Plans for 2012
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Most NFL teams have a plan for how to win their division, get to the playoffs and maybe even win the Super Bowl.

Then you have the Miami Dolphins—a team undergoing a fundamental identity change in 2012.

Not much is expected of the Dolphins, and why should there be? They will be starting a rookie quarterback that some pundits thought was drafted too early. They have a new head coach with no head- coaching experience, and a wide-receiving corps that's so talent-deprived that some Dolphins fans are getting excited by the prospect of signing Jabbar Gaffney.

You could say that the Miami Dolphins are already as dead as Alison on Pretty Little Liars. However, I can see this team being as much of a pest to the teams on its schedule—specifically the AFC East—as "-A" is to the main characters on that show.

The Dolphins do have talent, but in order to at least go 8-8, they're going to have to maximize their strengths (running back, front seven, special teams) while minimizing their weaknesses (wide receiver, secondary).

So how do they do that? What will be the keys to Miami surprising most of the experts that have them pegged for a last-place finish? What are Miami's most winnable games and why?

Let's go on a magical journey to find out.

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