I guess there is nowhere else to start on the AFC East Champion Dolphins, than with the biggest gamble arguably we have taken in a long time.
Though our peers doubt us, I feel we have solidified an offense with this gamble, our second round pick Patrick White formerly of West Virginia.
What Pat White brings to the table not many athlete's do, the total package of arm, wheels, and possibly even wide receiver ability.
One for a team that made it from worst to first last season with an innovative offense, "the wildcat" that caught the NFL by storm. It was later mimicked by every team virtually in the league, so having a QB that could possibly run it up the sideline for 5 to 10 yard chunks is a big plus for the wildcat. Not to mention the fact if the defense commits 8 to 9 men in the box then Pat White will hopefully learn his reads and pass over the top for the home run ball. This is only 1/4 of the bulk of the plays for the team!!!
The direction the Dolphins have to go this year is as simple as it was last year. We must achieve the playoffs, but furthermore we have got to make a deep run. It could be argued that Miami
was 5 arrant passes away from beating the very same Baltimore Ravens that gave the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers fits. We must utilize our draft picks, our new found size in the secondary will bolster
a defense that finished 9th in total defense in the NFL last year. We must use the speed and size of Patrick Turner at wide out, to help alleviate the passing work load on Davone Bess, and Ted Ginn Jr., Pat White will help diversify the wild cat formation in ways Chad Pennington out at the slot could only dream of.
Pat White is interesting as well because having limited speed at the skill positions he could possibly even return kicks and punts, a talent such as this one shouldn’t be squandered on any sideline. That’s not to say we don’t have any speed. Devone Bess, and Ted Ginn Jr. come back after helping Chad Pennington look sharp enough to earn comeback player of the year honors. Ronnie Brown comes off his best season leading the Dolphins in rushing with 214 carries for 916 yards and ten touchdowns; also he added 33 catches for 254 yards and is 2-3 in pass attempts for 41 yards and a touchdown.
Also adding Jake Grove from the Raiders,the Dolphins are poised to make the playoffs for a second year in a row after a seven year drought.
On defense the Dolphins have seemingly addressed the secondary with solid picks in the 2009 draft. Vontae Davis, our first round pick out of Illinois, has already been scolded in practice for going "too hard"; that’s what you want from your first round pick in my opinion. Third rounder, Sean Smith out of Utah, brings size and formidable speed to complement his rookie counterpart, Will Allen , and key off season acquisition Girbril Wilson, will help add veteran leadership and make the secondary as good or hopefully better than the Sam Madison-Patrick Surtain Pro Bowl days of old.
Joey Porter led the AFC in sacks in ‘08 and is poised for a repeat in ’09. Akin Ayodele, Reggie Torbor, Channing Crowder, Matt Roth,and Phillip Merling all look to continue to contribute to the 680 tackles the D posted last season. All signs have the dolphins back to conference champion form.
This not being Tony Sparano's first rodeo, you have to believe as a fan or a third party viewer that in a year that the dolphins were "rebuilding" and he was working out the rookie coach kinks, we made a drastic improvement from 1 and 15 to 11 and 5.
The coming season looks to be even greater for the defending AFC East Champion Dolphins!!!!