NFL Team Previews: Miami Dolphins

Pigskin HeavenCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2009

TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 27:  Quarterback Pat White #6 of the Miami Dolphins throws a pass during pregame against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on August 27, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images)

Pigskin Heaven's Sascha Bartels is breaking down every single team in the NFL prior to the season. Here is his analysis and forecast for the Miami Dolphins. Click on a team to read its preview.

AFC East: BUF | MIA | NE | NYJ

AFC North: BAL | CIN | CLE | PIT

AFC South: IND | HOU | JAX | TEN



NFC North: CHI | DET | GBA | MIN

NFC South: ATL | CAR | NOL | TBA


What’s New?

Not nearly as much to talk about here compared to last year, but the Dolphins did have another fairly busy, and likely fruitful offseason.

Some of the best of the old is that Channing Crowder and Yeremiah Bell re-signed. Jason Taylor also returns to South Beach after his yearlong hiatus in Washington

The draft went well for the Dolphins as they were able to acquire one of the better receivers in the draft in Brian Hartline.

They also added who I thought was an underrated athlete in Utah safety Sean Smith, and added perhaps the best corner in the draft in Vontae Davis. So you can feel they had a definite need to upgrade the secondary.

Last season, Miami surprised the Patriots and the rest of the league with the unveiling of a Wildcat formation. This year, they add Pat White in an attempt to expand the role the Wildcat has this season.

Three Burning Questions

Will the Wildcat work out, or has the league caught on?

This is probably the biggest question hanging over the Dolphins, as well as some other teams that have successfully developed some Wildcat plays.

Remember that in the Patriots rematch, the Dolphins were soundly outplayed. The Wildcat is, and always will be, a scheme and a gimmick, it will not graduate to a team philosophy.

As long as the Dolphins can find some ways to keep opponents off-guard, this scheme can still have some life in it.

Can Chad Pennington repeat last year’s play?

Namely, the error-free football he showed last season. The Dolphins played several games without committing a turnover, and led the league with a +17 ratio.

It seems that repeating that feat could be too tall a task for Miami.

Can the defensive line produce pressure on opposing quarterbacks?

This Dolphins defense does not look too scary. Taylor returns, but clearly he is no longer Player of the Year caliber.

The rest of the ends are quite young, and none seem to established at this point.

Top that off with a young secondary, and Miami could be in for some rough games.


For the prognosis and final record, read the originally posted article here.

This is an original article by Pigskin Heaven Staffer, Sascha Bartels. You can read it, more of Sascha's articles, and more from the Pigskin Heaven staff here.