At this time last year, the Dolphins were being hailed as a sleeper for the AFC East title. They had just recently signed Karlos Dansby, traded for Brandon Marshall and bolstered their defensive depth through the draft. Meanwhile, Miami had all but anointed Chad Henne the savior after a relatively promising 2009 season.
But after a 2-0 start, things plummeted really, really fast. In retrospect, the Dolphins failed to address a whole slew of shortcomings on the roster that may have been overlooked by the team's new additions. But history is the best teacher, and Miami won't (at least, hopefully won't) make the same mistakes twice.
Once free agency opens up, they will have the opportunity to reestablish themselves as an AFC East contender.