With three games in the books, the Miami Dolphins are slowly developing an identity.
The Dolphins are a physical, powerful and punishing team, that can run the ball and stop the run, but they aren't particularly effective in the passing game or against it. Furthermore, the Dolphins have been undermined by questionable coaching decisions and poor execution, but propelled by strong play in the trenches and special teams.
This isn't exactly what we expected when Joe Philbin arrived and installed an uptempo, pass-first offense. However, he's making the most of the personnel he inherited.
The Dolphins aren't going to contend in 2012—this much was evident in the preseason and remains so through the first three weeks of the regular season—but if they shore up some of the following weaknesses and continue thriving in areas of strength, then they can win six or seven games in 2012.