Why Your Team Won't Win The Super Bowl: Miami Dolphins Edition.June 15, 2010
No, I am not picking on just the Miami Dolphins! This is a series that I am doing for all 32 of the NFL teams, Why Your Team Won't Win The Super Bowl . (click the link to see the other teams.)
The Miami Dolphins are one of the most confusing teams to enter the 2010 season. They are not like some teams, (New York Jets) who have brought in multiple players immediately improving their 2010 odds.
However, they have made the biggest single splash in the AFC East this year, bringing Brandon Marshall, from the Denver Broncos, on board.
The biggest problem the Dolphins had last year was that there were no receivers able to stretch the field and keep the safeties honest. Sure they had Ted Ginn, but lets be honest, Ginn could not catch a cold.
The biggest question to me is the development of Chad Henne. He had some good games last year, but did not really separate himself from other QB's in the NFL as one of the best.
If Henne and Marshall can get their timing down and develop their chemistry, they could become one of the most dangerous combinations in the NFL.
That does not mean that all of the Dolphins offensive questions have been answered. Ricky Williams is still a solid player, since his hiatus of the "herbal supplements" has been as good a back as the Dolphins could have hoped for.
Ronnie Brown becomes the other big question, coming off another knee injury. Will he be able to be the star he had been in the past? The answer to that question is going to be the answer to, can the Dolphins make the playoffs this year?
The Dolphins defensive issues are similar to those of their nemesis, the New England Patriots. They have an extremely young secondary, and I believe that is going to be the difference between the AFC East.
The New York Jets are going to have Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes (after his four game suspension), and I don't believe that the Dolphins are going to be able to shut that duo down.
The only chance they have is to prevent Mark Sanchez from being able to throw the ball, which I don't believe they can do.
The other difference between the ball clubs, is Darrell Revis is going to be able to keep Brandon Marshall at bay, and will force the Dolphins to look more like the 2009 version.
My prediction: The Dolphins finish the season with a 9-7 record, second in the AFC East, and the last Wild Card participant.