Predictions for the Miami Dolphins' 2013 Season
The Miami Dolphins have an extremely exciting 2013 season ahead of them after the past 12 months in which they have effectively remade the entire organization.
Last summer they brought in a new head coach, new coordinators and a rookie franchise quarterback, and then this past summer they surrounded that core with talented pieces.
There are a lot of questions to be answered this season for Miami but a lot of reasons to be excited as well.
Here are my predictions for the Miami Dolphins' 2013 season.
Most Valuable Offensive Player
Ryan Tannehill, QB
After a promising rookie season where he started all 16 games and set some Miami rookie passing records, Tannehill will look to continue his development as a franchise quarterback.
With more weapons to throw to and a full offseason under Joe Philbin to prepare, Tannehill will help lead the team and put up some big numbers.
Most Valuable Defensive Player
Cameron Wake, DE
Arguably the most overlooked defensive star in the NFL, Wake has put together an impressive four seasons after being signed from the CFL in 2009.
He has been the Dolphins' best player and biggest threat for three straight seasons now, and with some help behind him at linebacker and guys like Olivier Vernon and Dion Jordan stepping up opposite him, there's no reason to think Wake will slow down.
Most Disappointing Player
Brian Hartline, WR
The presence of Mike Wallace has a lot of people talking about "stretching the field" and making things open up for Hartline. Problem is, Hartline is not athletic enough to take advantage of the small difference Wallace makes.
When you take out Hartline's insane 253-yard game, he had a pretty pedestrian season. Don't expect him to improve on, or even repeat last year's season totals.
Olivier Vernon, DE
After the Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill and Jonathan Martin in the first two rounds of the 2012 draft, the hype sort of stopped there. But Vernon was a great third-round pick who could break out in his second season.
He showed flashes of potential last year, including a two-sack performance against the Rams. He now has a more prominent role and a great cast of talent around him.
Best Offseason Acquistion
Philip Wheeler, OLB
Dustin Keller was going to be my first choice here, but unfortunately he has been lost for the season. But Philip Wheeler is going to have a much bigger impact on players than anyone is expecting.
Wheeler is an athletic, aggressive linebacker and great leader who was named Oakland's defensive captain during his single season there. He'll bring a whole new attitude to the defense alongside Dannell Ellerbe.
Dion Sims, TE
Third overall pick Dion Jordan is a huge question mark at this point between his injury woes and the fact that Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon will be hard to take off the field. Jamar Taylor, Will Davis and Dallas Thomas all might not get much of an opportunity to make an impact either.
But Sims, a fourth-round pick, has showed a lot of promise in the preseason and is suddenly the team's top tight end with Dustin Keller out. Sims is a talented all-around tight end, and he should take the added pressure in stride.
Team Final Record
Final Record: 9-7
The Dolphins start the year with a very tough stretch of games, but things look manageable after that. They have the talent this year and just have to put everything together and perform consistently each week.
Whether or not nine wins is enough to get the Dolphins into the playoffs is the big question which we will not know until December.