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It's no secret that this Dolphins team appears to be much improved. Ryan Tannehill will have a year under his belt, he will have much better targets, and the defense is flying around the field.
Over the past few seasons, Miami's biggest offensive threat has been field goals. The Dolphins have struggled to score touchdowns while they're in the red zone and often settle for the three points. I still have nightmares about Tony Sparano fist pumping and screaming at the top of his lungs after a field goal.
Former Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino believes things will change this season:
“I think that they are going to be better offensively,” Marino said. “You need that person, inside, inside that 10-yard line, inside the 20, that’s going to make that play for you and not get field goals—(get) touchdowns. Let’s be honest, that’s what it’s all about.”
Marino went on to say that "it’s going to be about Ryan Tannehill and does he take that jump and can he get them to being a playoff-caliber football team." Marino certainly is not the only who believes the Dolphins success this season lies in the hands of the young quarterback. Tannehill proved last year that he has the talent to compete in the NFL and has now been given the weapons to succeed.
There's a lot of buzz around the Dolphins organization that hasn't been heard for some time. There are high expectations for this team, and Marino believes that a playoff appearance is very well attainable. "I'm excited about South Florida getting a team back that they're going to be very proud of," he said. "And a team that, in my mind, is going to have a chance to make the playoffs."
If Marino is happy, everybody is happy.