Last year's No. 1 overall pick Jake Long is back and nastier than ever.
So is Jason Taylor, add Ronnie Brown, 2 Throwing Chads, a little Lousaka. a dose of Ginn.
Some Porter and Bess. Mad Dog Roth. Corn on the Cobbs. The Defensive back duo of Smith and Davis and in addition, maybe the most intriguing pick of this year's NFL draft, Pat "Wildcat" White and you have the 2009 Miami Dolphins.
With a daunting NFL schedule in front of them, these Dolphins are working hard to make sure they can at least show the same form which had them competing in every single game of the 2008 season.
The leadership of the front office and the luck of having a veteran QB such as Chad Pennington fall into their laps plus the aggressive coaching style of Tony Sparano will be ready for the their season opener against the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome.
Adding flexibility and unpredictability seems to be the tone of the offseason and even the re-signing of fan favorite Taylor does not guarantee his being with the 53 man roster in Sept. keeping with the mantra of the 2008 version "work hard play hard=playoffs"
Miami does not seem content with showing up for the playoffs but determined to go further and possibly Super Bowl bound with its mix of veterans and young rookies who will make a name for themselves even if it means being a member of the special teams.
The lightning has struck once again as it seems the Dolphins have struck gold by plucking Pat White and molding him for the "Wildcat", an offense that gave every defense fits except for maybe the Baltimore Ravens.
White is the ingredient that allows the Dolphins to extend the opposing defense on the passing game alone in the fact that he is a left handed QB who can run as fast or faster than the current Dolphin offensive starters.
Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown seem to welcome the new addition and based on last year's performances, all will change roles as the season rolls along. The defenses that have not seen the unpredictable offense are not gonna know how to handle all the weapons even if they can prepare for a year.
Until you face the "Wildcat" and have the personnel on defense to match all the offensive weapons, The Miami Dolphins will be an even bigger nightmare to opposing teams allowing a young secondary to gel game by game until they can catch up to the tenacious front seven led by Porter, Crowder, Roth and Taylor (who will be used mostly as a specialist for game planning purposes).
The Dolphins will be the most exciting team in the AFC. How far they go will be determined by winning early in the season and building on the momentum seized in the first game against the New England Patriots when they shocked the world indeed.
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