Other than a season-ending injury to Dustin Keller, the Miami Dolphins' preseason has had limited disappointment.
The swirling negativity surrounding the Dolphins is mostly due to uncertainty.
- Can Joe Philbin be a winning head coach?
- Will Ryan Tannehill take a step forward?
- Will Dion Jordan prove to be worthy of a top draft selection?
- Can Jonathan Martin succeed as an NFL left tackle?
- Will Miami's new linebackers be an upgrade?
- Can Lamar Miller flourish as a full-time starter?
Miami was 7-9 last year, so it's easy to for pundits who have not done their homework to predict a similar season for the Dolphins. Then there are those local media members and fans who have been jaded by a franchise that has made the playoffs only once in the past decade.
The truth is a 7-9 franchise added Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe, Brent Grimes, Philip Wheeler, Dion Jordan, Jamar Taylor, Dion Sims, Tyson Clabo, Lance Louis, Brandon Gibson and Caleb Sturgis among others.
Despite the loss of players like Jake Long and Reggie Bush, Miami's incoming talent is far superior to the talent that was let go.
There are still questions that the preseason cannot totally answer, but 2013 will see a very competitive Dolphins team.
While I am optimistic about the season, following are some of Miami's biggest preseason disappointments without dwelling on the injury to Keller.