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What went wrong for the Miami Dolphins in 2013?
Did the previous general manager not bring in enough talent? Most people believe so.
Did the head coach and his staff not do a good enough job coaching the talent on hand? Some people believe that.
Was there a combination of the two? I say there was, while others believe it was one or the other.
How about this option: The team's ceiling was 8-8 to begin with, so they actually met expectations?
No, no one wants to think that? Fine.
Miami's 2013 season was a roller coaster both on and off the field, from being bullied by Buffalo (twice) on the field, to a bullying scandal.
The Dolphins finished at 8-8, and despite the deficiencies on the roster (offensive line), the Dolphins left anywhere between one and three victories on the table.
The reason has to do with a predictable offense and a defense that couldn't stop a team on 3rd-and-anything to save their lives.
Despite the Dolphins' struggles, they had a habit of beating very good teams, as they went 4-3 against playoff teams this season, but went 4-5 against non-playoff teams.