How Will the Miami Dolphins Be DIfferent This Year?

Michael McGowanSenior Analyst IMay 17, 2008

The Miami Dolphins are taking about practice. 

Allen Iverson once said, "We ain't talkin' 'bout a game, we talkin' 'bout practice."  With a new head coach Tony Sparano, the Dolphins are trying to rebuild what was the worst team in the league last year into a real team again. 

They play in a division where one team went 16-0 last year.  This division was once the fiercest in football.  Now, the Dolphins are the laughing stock of that division.

Right now, they are giving everyone who can fit into a uniform a chance to make the team this year. Bill Parcells is watching over the team's every move.  He is making personnel decisions that will one day make this team a winner again. 

Five years down the road, the Dolphins could be competing for a title again. But that is not the goal. 

The goal is this year. 

Right now Parcells is even giving Ricky Williams a chance.  Will Jason Taylor have a chance?  The Dolphins may make a big move, or they may not.  They have already made big changes from the 1-15 Dolphins of last year.

The Dolphins will implore a 3-4 defense that will now be anchored by Jake Ferguson, who they picked up for a sixth-round pick swap this year and one next year. This is the first step in stopping the run. 

Next, they added Jake Long, an offensive lineman from Michigan, with the No. 1 overall pick.  Long should be on this team for the rest of his career, and if it all works out, he'll have a couple rings and Pro Bowl selections to go along with it.

Most importantly, the Dolphins have a underestimated running game behind Long that can do some damage if they reamin healthy. Ronnie Brown and Jesse Chatman can be a dynamic duo.  Another player who will come around more this year is Ted Ginn Jr. 

They will again have some questions at big positions.  One, who is going to QB this team?  Two, who is that QB going to throw to?  Moving Jason Taylor could possibly solve those questions. 

The 2008-2009 Miami Dolphins will be ready to play some football.  Whether they go 16-0 or 1-15, the Dolphins will be much improved from last year.