Setting expectations for the 2013 Dolphins season

The Miami Dolphins have not been quiet this offseason.  They’ve brought in a number of free agents, including Mike Wallace, Dustin Keller, Tyson Clabo, Brent Grimes, Dannell Ellerbe, and Philip Wheeler.  The Dolphins also made a bold move in the NFL draft, trading up to #3 to draft Dion Jordan.  The goal behind all of these moves was to make the Dolphins a more talented team.  The goal was to build a team that can be a consistent winner and a team that can ‘close the gap’ on the Patriots, who have dominated the AFC East for the last decade.

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

Photo Courtesy of Dolphins.com

So with all of the new additions, a new logo, and the mantra ‘It’s Our Time’, what should we expect from the Dolphins this season?  Should we expect them to win the AFC East?  Or to at least make the playoffs?  What about a winning record?  What should the expectations be for Ryan Tannehill, who is entering his 2nd season as the Dolphins starter?  What should we expect from an inexperience running back, Lamar Miller?  What about the defense, how good do we expect them to be this season?  We’ll give you our thoughts on our expectations for the Dolphins this season and post the question to you in a poll.  We’re really interested to know just what Dolphins fans expect from the team this season.

Dolphins Offense

When Joe Philbin arrived in Miami last season, many thought the offense would instantly improve.  Unfortunately the results weren’t seen very quickly, as the Dolphins finished 2012 ranked 27th in the NFL in total offense and 27th in points scored.   With the additions of Wallace and Brandon Gibson, the Dolphins can now line up with 3 wide receivers on the field that can make a play.  Adding Tyson Clabo to the line will help too.  Much of the offenses success in 2013 will depend on Ryan Tannehill, whom we’ll get to in a bit.

I think it’s realistic to think the Dolphins can improve upon their 18 points per game average last season.  The Dolphins should score more points and I think somewhere in the 22-24 points per game range would be acceptable.  24 points per game, by the way, would have ranked the Dolphins 15th in the NFL last season.   In addition to scoring more points, I expect the Dolphins to move within the top 16 in total offense.  Yes, that means they’ll improve by 11 places after being ranked 27th last season.  BUT, with a QB that is no longer a rookie and a few nice additions, there is no reason we can’t see that type of improvement.  (continued on page 2, CLICK HERE)

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