Ryan Tannehill and 5 More Players Responsible for the Dolphins' 3-1 Start

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Ryan Tannehill and 5 More Players Responsible for the Dolphins' 3-1 Start
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Now that we've put a few days between ourselves and the Miami Dolphins' Monday night meltdown in New Orleans, we can all come back to the same conclusion: The 2013 Miami Dolphins are a good team. 

They are not flawless. Indeed, Miami has a handful of flaws that are not sustainable. If the Dolphins want to maintain their status as playoff contenders (because right now, yes, they look like playoff contenders), they must find a way to win the turnover battle and protect their quarterback, among other things. 

But let's take a moment to bask in the knowledge that the Dolphins are 3-1 after a quarter of the season. Yes, Monday night's game was difficult to swallow, but how many teams really could have gone to New Orleans on Monday night and won? If you answered very few, you're correct. 

That one loss does not eliminate what the Dolphins did in their previous three games. They won two challenging road games—one against an increasingly impressive-looking Colts team—and pulled off late-game heroics to knock off Atlanta. Despite being brought back to Earth in Week 4, the Dolphins are still off to a very strong start. 

Let's take a look at the six players responsible for Miami's 3-1 start, beginning with its young quarterback. 

 

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