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    • FinHeaven Staff 2013 Season Predictions

      FINHEAVEN STAFF MAKE THEIR 2013 DOLPHINS PREDICTIONS



      The Miami Dolphins last Thursday wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 24-21 win against the New Orleans Saints and finished the preseason with an 2-3 record. Two days days later the 53 man roster was set and the Dolphins record is back to 0-0 as the 2013 regular season kicks off tonight with the Baltimore Ravens taking on the Denver Broncos. On Sunday, the Dolphins will open up their new season on the road against the Cleveland Browns.


      How will the Dolphins do in the second year under head coach Joe Philbin and GM Jeff Ireland? Will they make the playoffs? Will this be a disappointing season that ultimately ends in a change at GM? How will quarterback Ryan Tannehill in his second season? We are all about to find out after months of waiting. Below are some predictions from FinHeaven staff members of what fans should expect this upcoming season.



      fin-atic, FinHeaven Admin/Site Owner:

      2013 Record: 9-7
      Playoffs: No
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Lamar Miller
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Sims
      Brief Statement: Man I hate this year. I REALLY do not know what to expect. If these new pieces hit then we could easily be a 10+ win team. That's IF Ryan Tannehill takes the next step into a top 12 QB. I like the speed on defense, and I think they will be the strength of the team again this year. I expect we lose some games early until everyone starts to get in sync with all the new players. My big concern is offense. The O Line has lots of questions, now the loss of Keller. I like Wallace and think he and Tannehill will take several weeks to get in tune. I just have not seen the command of the game from Tannehill to give me the comfort I would like to have. I want to believe in the guy and that he will take the next step, but I just can't say definitely he will. So after we lose a few early games we get stronger and better, but against a tough schedule I just see us struggling again this year. God I hope I am wrong.



      Nublar7, FinHeaven Admin:

      2013 Record: 9-7
      Playoffs: Yes, final wildcard spot
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: The 2013 Dolphins are a better team on paper than the 2012 Dolphins, but a much tougher strength of schedule will likely prevent the team from making a major turnaround and winning a division title. I do expect the improvement to be enough to just squeak into the playoffs as the 6th and final seed. Ryan Tannehill will take the next step in his development and continue to show that he is the first true franchise caliber quarterback since Dan Marino. The results of the upcoming season will likely end in a certain polarizing figure of the front office getting a contract extension.



      Wildbill3, FinHeaven Admin:

      2013 Record: 11-5
      Playoffs: Yes, Wildcard we win one playoff game before our youth and playoff inexperience does us in.
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Brent Grimes
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: Admittedly the roster is pretty thin in a lot of important areas, however one area we are thankfully deep at, is at Quarterback. There will be some drop off if Tannehill is injured, but Matt Moore can easily win a couple games if Tannehill is out. Here's hoping we don't see any injuries (long term) at WR, Linebacker and LT. Speaking of WR's, Mike Wallace will do what he was brought here to do, and open up the entire offense, allowing even our young, inexperienced tight ends to get some catches across the middle. I think we'll be really good between the 20's and I'm hopeful our O-line will bring it together in the red zone and really manhandle the guys in front of them, allowing our running backs to finish drives with a touchdowns instead of field goals like recent years. Finally It should be fun watching our championship caliber defense dismantle a lot of good offenses. At this point, I'm certain our defense can do something even our previous "great" defenses couldn't... get off the field on third downs.



      Gonzo, FinHeaven Admin:

      2013 Record: 9-7
      Playoffs: Juuuust a bit outside
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cam Wake (I really like what I've seen out of Grimes, but Wake is a beast that now has help)
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill (everything depends on his development, including my keeper league once Brees moves on to radio)
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan (I like Taylor, but I think Jordan benefits from Wake, etc.)
      Brief Statement: This is tough. I honestly think this is on the verge of being a playoff contender. The defense is stout, especially if Grimes is healthy (and he sure looked it in the preseason), and Tannehill has a ton of potential...and there's the rub: He has to live up to it. He was given a couple more weapons, but I feel he could have benefited from more. Wallace is the only real improvement I see over last year outside of Keller (unfortunately). Miller is still a big question mark in my mind. However, if Tannehill takes it to the next level, a good QB can elevate everybody around him, so he is key. The line? Meh, give them a couple of games to mesh and they'll be fine. Will they be the best line in the league? Who cares. Just get the job done. If Tannehill steps it up, it's 9-7 or 10-6. If he stays same or falters, it's 7-9. But even then, at least he's not Geno Smith.



      JCane, FinHeaven Admin:

      2013 Record: 8-8
      Playoffs: No
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: Dolphins really need to get to the next level this season with the Patriots where they are with several key losses. The Bills have uncertainty at the QB position and they're in the early stages of a rebuild. The Jets continue to spiral out of control with no end in site. Our defense looks as if it could be special but the offense doesn't seem to be where is needs to be. The offensive line is a major concern for me and I'm not sure Lamar Miller is answer we're looking for at the RB position. If this season is to be any kind of success, we need to see a MAJOR LEAP by Ryan Tannehill so that we can have the future success that we thought we were buying in the offseason. Tannehill has to be better this season. We need to see Tannehill be more assertive in the pocket, go thru his progressions, throw guys open and make plays downfield. Unfortunately, we are still one more season away.



      PhinsPhan11, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 8-8
      Playoffs: No
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: This team looks like it is finally going in the right direction. This defense could end up being one of the best in the league, and they will keep the Dolphins in their games. On the other hand, the offense is another story. They could be very good, but too much has to go well at once for this team to get where it wants to be. Tannehill should have a better year in his sophomore year, but it wonít be enough. I think Miller should have a good year once he gets the reins to the starting job. There is very good potential on this offense, but it is going to take time until they reach their peak. That being said, I donít think they make the playoffs this year. I donít think an 8-8 record will get them into the playoffs.



      rob19, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 9-7
      Playoffs: Iíll say no, but I think the AFC is weak enough that a 9-7 team might get a wildcard spot.
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake- .915 sacks per start is the best among active players
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan plays enough games to earn this.
      Brief Statement: The defense is better overall than it was a year ago. I thought we might have a top 10 rush-defense last year (finished 13th), and I think weíll have an even better rush-defense this year. A healthy Brent Grimes brings a playmaking element that was missing with Sean Smith, so that should really assist in uplifting our last yearís 27th ranked pass-defense. The only real concerns I have are how Patterson fairs opposite of Grimes and whoever it is that ends up playing the nickel spot (Carroll/Taylor/Davis). If they manage to not embarrass themselves then we could be a top-10 overall defense. As far as the offense goes, we canít rank 27th again in total-offense. We need to score more than 18 points a game if we expect to keep up with Tom Brady & the Patriots. The O-Line is a little shaky, but other than that the skill-position weapons (sans Tight-End) seem to be there so Tannehill needs to take that next step towards becoming the franchise guy we all hope heíll be.



      ROADRUNNER, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 8-8
      Playoffs: not this year
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake with 17 sacks
      Offensive Player Of The Year: It has to be Ryan Tannehill, it has to be.
      Rookie Of The Year: Caleb Sturgis, I just love kickers
      Brief Statement: Man it's going to be hard this year but going 8-8 is a bright sign for 2014. We will make the playoffs & go deep but we will have to wait till next year.



      Dolfan3773, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 10-6
      Playoffs: Yes Wildcard
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Reshad Jones
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill/Lamar Miller
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: Ryan Tannehill is going to have a great season proving he's our QB of the future and team leader. Lamar Miller will also have a break out year. Our defense will be top 10 and offense will be top 12. The Dolphins will make the playoffs with the Patriots barely winning the AFC East title. This is the year we see our beloved Dolphins take the turn for the best and the hated Pats decline.



      Bumpus, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 9-7
      Playoffs: *sigh* Not yet.
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Lamar Miller
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: It all hinges on Tanny's continuing development. You can't do **** without consistent quality at QB. If Tanny finds his groove and stays there, we'll go 12-4 & take the Division. I just don't think he's quite there yet.



      Fin Fan in Cali, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 9-7
      Playoffs: No just missing
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Brent Grimes
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Dion Sims
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Sims
      Brief Statement: Dolphins start out of the gates with a very tough schedule while trying to gel together. In mid season is when they start to gel and play better ball as a team. With Keller going down I think Dion Sims steps into his shoes and becomes Tannehill's go to guy when in trouble. I think Brent Grimes has a very good year with all the great QB's we play and gets rewarded with a long term deal to stay in Miami and build a winner!



      NY8123, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 10-6
      Playoffs: Yes Wildcard
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Cameron Wake is the man once again
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill silences the critics
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Sims
      Brief Statement: The year finally starts off right with a winning first quarter and even with some growing pains this team competes week in and week out regardless of the tough schedule. Fortunately Miami wins the turnover battle on the year which leads to several close wins and the improved record in 2013. Ryan Tannehill also elevates his play in year two which helps win tough games along with a defense that should be dominate enough to slow down even the toughest offenses. Rookie of the year is Dion Sims to take, with the injury to Keller the TE position is cast in doubt, someone needs to fill a vital role and I believe Sims is your man. This is a team that needs a little help but has finally turned the corner.



      Phinatic8u, FinHeaven Supermod:

      2013 Record: 10-6
      Playoffs: Yes Wildcard
      Defensive Player Of The Year: Reshad Jones
      Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
      Rookie Of The Year: Dion Jordan
      Brief Statement: The Dolphins start off slow with a tough schedule then about midway thru the season they take off on the back of Ryan Tannehill. Once they get to the playoffs..meh, they'll lose the wildcard.



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      1. nyjunc's Avatar
        nyjunc -
        it won't let me view the page.
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        AquaInferno -
        Quote Originally Posted by nyjunc View Post
        it won't let me view the page.
        Same here

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      1. fishfanmiami's Avatar
        fishfanmiami -
        I'd say Bill's got it right.

        If we get to the break in good shape I really think we'll make a run at the division.
        4 of our last 5 games are division foes and if we get hot at the end a playoff berth and first round win is not out of question.
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        ATL_PHIN_FAN -
        Agree with you and Bill, fishfanmiami