Yes, I know he doesn’t exactly qualify as a player, but he was the Dolphins biggest acquisition during the offseason (Brandon Marshall was a huge upgrade as well but bearwith me.)
Mike Nolan made Elvis Dumervill into the sack machine he is. Despite popular opinion, the Dolphins under Nolan will not be running a traditional 3-4 defense, but rather a hybrid. (This was one of the problems Nolan had in Denver, because Josh McDaniels refused to let him install it.)
In this defense, the NT doesn’t line up over the center’s helmet bur rather over one of his shoulders. Nolan will need to once again prove he is an elite defensive coordinator and make former mediocre players (see Channing Crowder) play like all-stars.
If his defense plays well, then the Phins will have a shot at success. If it is Paul Pasqualoni’s second coming, then no matter how well the offense plays, the Phins will head for an 8-8 season.