The Miami Dolphins are very talented, and on the precipice of potentially being good—if not great, but they are not there yet.
Miami is four years removed from an 11-5 AFC East division-winning season. Unfortunately, a few untimely injuries and a few poor personnel and coaching decisions later, and the Dolphins have three years of competitive mediocrity to look back on.
Miami is currently tied for second in the division with a 2-3 record. This also puts them in a tie for eighth in the AFC conference standings. And, as can be expected of a team that has been mired in mediocrity, two of their losses were overtime defeats by field goals.
Miami is a team that elicits both hope and confusion from its fanbase and (sometimes) even its players.
Don't believe me? Ask a diehard "Dol-fan" or a "Phinatic" what their thoughts are about the Brandon Marshall trade. Sure, Marshall was a bit enigmatic, but he was a top five-caliber wide receiver. Not exactly the kind of thing you trade away for only a couple third-round picks.
Why didn't they try to get more in the trade? Who knows? That's a topic for another day.
With the talent that Miami has amassed on both offense and defense, they are good enough to make a run at the playoffs, they're just not ready yet to make a run in the playoffs.
Here's a look at some of the reasons why.