For Dolphins fans, 2010 started as a season of hope and growth. After finishing the 2009 with a 7-9 record, fans saw flashes of potential in one of the NFL's youngest teams. In 2010, fans hoped for the team to take a step further and reach the playoffs. Instead, fans received a repeat 7-9 season. However, despite the undesired record, progress occurred. Younger players on both offense and defense received a year of experience and growth.
The fans observed how the hiring of defensive coordinator Mike Nolan helped the progress of the defense. In fact, the defense finished sixth overall. On the other side of the coin, the Dolphins finished 21st in offense.
Now we can see where the problem lies.
In order to take a step forward, the problems need to be addressed primarily in the 2011 NFL draft.