5 Reasons the Miami Dolphins Will Be One of the Most Exciting Teams in 2011
Last year the Miami Dolphins were a stagnant, boring team. They struggled to put points on the board and lacked the big-play excitement that fans crave.
This offseason the Fins replaced their offensive coordinator, added Reggie Bush and a couple of other game-changing players.
The Dolphins have all the talent in the world and are poised to have a good year.
Their defense is stacked from top to bottom, and they are in position to be one of the best in the NFL. They have a bunch of good young players that will only continue to develop.
On offense the only real question mark is at the quarterback position, and the Dolphins organization has reassured their commitment to Chad Henne. Coaches and players have faith in him to get the job done.
Miami has all the tools to be able to have a very exciting season.
New Offensive Coordinator Brian Daboll
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Brian Daboll didn't have an impressive resume before coming to the Dolphins this year. Some people are skeptical about whether or not he will be able to change this offense.
Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain—he has a lot to prove.
This bodes well for players and fans. Sometimes the best situations arise from coaches trying to take chances and change things up.
Last year Dan Henning called boring plays that didn't result in much of anything.
Brian Daboll was hired specifically to change that, which is exactly what he will do. He has showed in the preseason already that he's willing to take shots downfield. This is something that was absent from the Fins last year.
He has a lot of weapons at his disposal and will be sure to make the most of them.
Chad Henne Has To Play Well This Year; If He Doesn't Then He's Gone
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Chad Henne played bad last year; this is his last chance to prove himself.
Henne has his back to the wall and has no other choice but to lay it all out on the line. I think that with the pressure on, he will at least give us a couple of great performances.
Chad has shown this preseason so far that he's capable of completing passes. In Daboll's new offense he will be given opportunities to move the chains.
The Dolphins look to have a good offensive line in front of Henne. This will only give the young quarterback more time to make things happen.
With a more than capable receiving core to throw to, it's Henne's season to lose. He has guys that are good at getting open and Henne just has to get the ball to them in situations to make plays.
Last year Henne was disappointing; with the pressure on I think he will show everyone he is a capable quarterback.
Brandon Marshall Will Have a Great Year
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Brandon Marshall is as good as any receiver in the league when he's playing well.
He has the ability to beat any cornerback and can catch the ball over players. He is a mismatch no matter who is covering him.
Statistically he was bad last year, but coaches know that they have to get Marshall involved this season. In his first preseason game he was targeted early and often. He will be a go-to guy in Brian Daboll's new offense.
Daboll knows that Brandon Marshall needs to be targeted in the red zone. He will put Marshall in positions to make plays, and the superstar receiver will not disappoint. When he's playing well Brandon is one of the most enjoyable players in the NFL to watch.
The Dolphins Defense Is Full of Playmakers
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The Miami Dolphins defense is packed with talent and could realistically send more than five players to the Pro Bowl.
The defensive line is one of the deepest in the NFL. Paul Soliai is the anchor at nose tackle, and is one of the league's best. The ends are Kendall Langford, Randy Starks, Tony McDaniel and Jared Odrick. Last year Randy Starks was a Pro Bowl fill-in on the AFC team.
Miami's linebackers are stacked this season and look to have another great year. Cameron Wake is a gifted pass rusher and was a Pro Bowler last year. Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett are both very talented in the middle. Koa Misi looks to have a breakout season opposite Wake.
Miami has a good secondary with many talented players. Yeremiah Bell is a staple at safety and is a tremendous tackler. Chris Clemons had a decent 2010 campaign at the other safety position and looks to have a good year. Vontae Davis is becoming one of the best corners in the NFL and is good at shutting down receivers. Sean Smith is a ball hawk at the other corner, and will be good for a bunch of picks if he can work on his hands.
Miami will have one of the best defenses in the NFL next year. They will be entertaining because they will be able to get at quarterbacks and intercept passes.
The Dolphins defense will keep opposing offenses off the field which will allow their offense more time to operate.
Reggie Bush Will Have a Breakout Season
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Reggie Bush has unanimously been labeled a bust by almost every football fan everywhere. With that said, nobody argues that he's still one of the most exciting players in the NFL to watch.
Reggie had a very good preseason opener and showed that he's able to run between the tackles. People will say that it was only a preseason game and that he won't be able to do it all year. They could be right, but if he can do it once then there is a good chance that he has the ability to do it again.
He has been among the best pass-catching running backs in the league despite his lack of touches. The Fins will get him the ball coming out of the backfield, and he's explosive in space.
Reggie will bring a lot of excitement to the Dolphins this year; look for him to silence his critics and have a breakout season.