Dolphins: Strengths and Weaknesses in 2008

Taylor ManionContributor ISeptember 16, 2008

Over the past few seasons, the dolphins have had a reputation for losing consistently.  After going 1-15 in the 2006-2007 season, it seemed hopeless.  However, when Bill Parcels stepped in, things began looking up.  The dolphins went 3-1 in the 2008 preseason.  Their progress continued into the first game against the favored Jets, led by Bret Favre.  The game was very close, only separated by one touchdown.  There was a rumor that on the last play, Pennington got confused and thought he was still on the Jets and threw it to the wrong player.  Aside from that, the game was lost mainly by a poor secondary.  Near the second quarter, Favre, under pressure, lobbed up a prayer that stayed in the air for at least 5 seconds.  The defender, Bess, failed to make a play on the ball and gave the Jets their lead.  The dolphins have a solid run game with Ricky and Ronnie both being great runners.  The passing is not explosive, but Pennington is a consistent QB and Ginn Jr. is a decent leader to the pass game.  The Dolphins biggest problem is their secondary.  Secondly, they have too many careless penalties. This is usually overlooked because it falls into the "miscellaneous" category but in the Arizona game they held AZ on the goal line until they had to kick a field goal-which was missed.  The dolphins, however, were called for 12 men on the field: first and ten.  They held AZ for 3 more downs but on 3rd down there was a face mask call on the Joey Porter: first and ten.  They are still a "young" team with many new or inexperienced players.  There may still be a future for them in this or upcoming seasons.