The Miami Dolphins' 2012 season will likely go down as another disappointing year overall, albeit one in which the program showed marked improvement.
With two games left, Miami can at best finish 8-8 with victories over Buffalo and New England. While not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs yet, it would take a lot of help for Miami to make it into the postseason.
Again, many people will consider this season a disappointment. However, I submit that this was a positive season for the Dolphins. Ryan Tannehill's performance this year and his enormous potential give the appearance that the team has found its franchise quarterback. A lot of overlooked players produced very well, including receivers Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. Cameron Wake had another Pro Bowl-caliber year.
Moreover, a team with gaping holes at multiple key positions (wide receiver, cornerback) managed to compete in all but two games. The Dolphins were a tough out for anyone they've faced, win or lose.
Of course, a lot of praise must be given to Miami's brand new coaching staff. As young and fresh-faced as Miami's 53-man roster, the Dolphins' coaching staff generally did a good job.
But not everything was perfect, and everything deserves analysis. For those reasons, let's examine Miami's coaching staff and see who is likely to return next season and who could find themselves in the middle of the coaching carousel.