Miami has enough solid pieces on both sides of the ball that with a decent quarterback, they could become a perennial playoff team in one of the NFL's toughest divisions.
This year, Miami's offensive line will finally get back to its dominance that we saw in 2008 when we won the division. Jake Long is arguably the best left tackle in the game, Pouncey should be a very solid piece, even in his first year, and Marc Colombo was a great signing for the other side.
Miami's wide receiving corps, led by Brandon Marshall, is very solid, too. Davone Bess is a very good slot man, and first-year Edmund Gates could be a consistent deep threat. Anthony Fasano is a good blocking and underrated receiving tight end.
Offensive lines usually make or break the performance of the running game, and Miami could bolster the best line in the NFL next year. Rookie Danial Thomas and newly acquired Reggie Bush will have every opportunity to have great success on a team that was once renowned for its dangerous running game.
With new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll, any quarterback will have a tremendous opportunity to thrive in Miami.
Besides Orton, who is the best fit for the Dolphins next season?
Plain and simple, Chad Henne is not the guy to get it done. He has all the intangibles but simply is not a good enough decision maker to be the lead pivot in South Beach.
Henne is too late in many of his throws and constantly makes bad decisions. He has shown the inability to look and go to secondary and tertiary targets.
Bring in Marc Bulger.
Once the leader of one of the most high powered West Coast offenses in football, Bulger has shown the ability to get it done.
He has thrown for more touchdowns than interceptions in five years and during that time completed more than 60 percent of his passes. He brings veteran leadership and knowledge to a team that is ready to win NOW.
In St. Louis, Bulger led a pass-first offense and did a tremendous job; Miami will be more balanced, if not a run-first team.
From a financial standpoint, Bulger will be very inexpensive and won't be a gamble. The only doubt will be if he can be great. It isn't even debatable that he will be better than Chad Henne and newly signed Matt Moore (terrible signing by the way).
With a great defense behind him, Bulger won't have to carry the team, but simply put an average number of points on the board every week.
People thought that Kurt Warner and Jeff Garcia were done, but they both were able to come back and lead good teams deep into the playoffs.
Bulger fits this mold and is at a point in his career where he can get it done as well.
Miami is a perfect fit for the once-great pivot; let's hope he brings his talent to South Beach this summer.