AFC East Breakdown: Miami Looking to Take Control of Division From New England

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AFC East Breakdown: Miami Looking to Take Control of Division From New England

After winning the division last year, the Patriots’ main competitors are the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

My article is being written pre-draft, so outlooks may certainly change depending on draft manipulation/drafting by teams.

The ‘Phins were middle of the pack last year in terms of rushing defense, at No. 18 in the NFL in total rush defense, allowing 1,835 yards.

For the Dolphins’ organization, fixing their sub par rush defense was of great importance. They went out and signed linebacker Karlos Dansby, who last year totaled 101 sacks and an interception.

Dansby is a very threatening player; he is a force against rushers with sure tackling abilities, and has had success in bringing down the quarterback prior to last season (‘06, eight sacks and ‘08 four sacks).

One of Miami’s biggest in-season issues has been addressed by the team, and as we move towards the NFL draft, the Dolphins can focus on improving pass defense or even bring in new offensive players to rally around young quarterback Chad Henne.

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