The Miami Dolphins' goal for 2013 is to finally turn the corner towards success. The franchise hopes to shed the suffocating mediocrity that has clouded its every step for the past decade plus and don a new shroud of greatness.
Every move Miami has made in the offseason thus far has been made in service to that goal. Pouring cash over Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler to bring them to Miami shows speaks to that goal. Re-signing key players like Brian Hartline and Randy Starks speaks to that goal.
At this point, you get the sense that the Dolphins don't just hope to be good in 2013. They expect to be good.
But as anyone will tell you, it takes a lot more than great expectations to succeed in the NFL, and the Dolphins have a rough road to travel in 2013. According to NFL.com, the Dolphins have the eighth most difficult schedule in 2013. Their opponents had a collective record of 133-123-0 in 2012.
For a team looking to do much more than simply improve upon its 7-9 finish last season, Miami certainly faces a daunting schedule. The path to success will lead Miami uphill on a treacherous climb—here's to hoping the Dolphins can find solid footing.
I know, it may seem worrisome at first glance, but let's break down Miami's 2013 schedule from easiest to hardest games. Things ultimately may not look as bad as they previously did. Or maybe they will; in which case, brace yourselves.