While our beloved Dolphins didn't make the playoffs this year, it was still a fun season of football to watch. I'm telling you, I think you'd be hard pressed to find a more entertaining team to watch than the Miami Dolphins.
Now that the season is over, it's time to look at what the Dolphins need to do to improve this squad for the 2010 season. First and foremost the Dolphins need to upgrade at middle linebacker and free safety on the defensive side of the ball.
Gibril Wilson is a good run stopper but he is a horrible cover safety, which is what the Dolphins need. Free safety is a position where pass coverage is most important. The Dolphins need a ball hawk. I know it's hard to find but we could at least find someone who won't just give up the middle of the field.
At linebacker Crowder is okay and Ayodele is okay. Neither are fantastic but neither are horrible either. The problem is there is no depth there. Reggie Torbor showed us at the end of the year just how bad his pass coverage is. No tight end should ever be as wide open as we saw against the Texans and the Steelers.
Offensively, it's hard to ignore the fact that the Dolphins really need a top notch receiver. The problem is finding one. Ted Ginn is not the answer as of now and while the receiving core is good they don't have one receiver that can scare a team and stretch the field.
Personally, I think Ginn has potential but he needs some help from a vet, so maybe signing Anquan Boldin would be an option. Unfortunately, he would cost far too much for the Dolphins to go after, especially for a Parcells-run team. So it's unknown who the Dolphins will find for the all important position of No. 1 receiver.
I think it's important to find a new change of pace back, preferably a speedy feller named C.J. Spiller. He's just so quick and would make for a perfect change of pace. The guy's like lightning in a bottle. I like Ricky and Ronnie both but they're just too similar; there's no change of pace. I would really like to see the Dolphins add Spiller to their repertoire of running backs.
The Dolphins need to upgrade at middle linebacker, free safety, and receiver, and they need a change of pace back. I think those are the keys that will make this team great next year if they are put into place.