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    by Published on 09-11-2016 05:06 AM


    Football is officially back for Dolphins fans this week. The Dolphins travel to Seattle this week to take on the Seahawks. This is going to be a tough road game as Miami traveled to the Emerald City short a few key players on offense as well as debuting under a new coaching regime. Join in on the discussion with your fellow Fin Fans on the main forum.
    by Published on 09-08-2016 05:59 AM

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    Wildbill3
    2016 Record: 8-8
    Playoffs: No
    Defensive Player of the year: Suh
    Offensive Player of the year: Tannehill
    Rookie of the year: Grant
    Brief Statement:
    Ah the first season of rebuilding for the 12 year in a row. Seems like an annual (or at least every three years) we have a throwaway season, because 1.) First year head coaches do not win playoff games, and 2.) First year head coaches seem to jettison established players to get guys who fit their system. Since this is year one of Adam Gase, we know there is only so much roster turnover you can accomplish in one offseason, however many, well everyone felt the one player who absolutely had to go was Dallas Thomas. And yet here we are, days before the start of the new season, and one of the worst offensive linemen to ever see the field for the Miami Dolphins is still on the roster. But at least he's not starting right? When Dallas Thomas is one of your first options off the bench, it speaks volumes to your depth. You don't have any. We really don't have depth at any position, a lot of young players backing up either really good starters, or guys who have question marks themselves. You don't expect a spectacular season with those kinds of questions. If this team has one saving grace, it's Adam Gase and his track record for getting the best out of the QB's he's coached and the offenses he's called the plays for. Is it enough to get this offense off the ground? Is it enough to cover for a defense and a team with holes and a talent vacuum? 8-8 puts us right in the land of huge question marks, but leaves room for hope that we can field a competitive product.

    Gonzo
    2016 Record: 5-11
    Playoffs: umm...
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Tunsil
    Rookie Of The Year: Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    New system, downgraded at RB, a #1 WR that may miss as many games as he plays, questionable TEs, a bad LB corps, and a rookie CB opposite one who hasn't been good in years. What could go wrong against a stronger AFC East and stout NFC West? Pass rush and what should be an improved passing game and O-line keep us from hitting rock bottom, though I'm not sure I see the difference.

    NY8123
    2016 Record: 7-9
    Playoffs: No
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Mario Williams
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Jarvis Landry
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    Last year I said this team would go as far as the D-line carried it, this year the team will go as far as Ryan Tannehill carries it. The footprint of Adam Gase is clear after the draft and on paper there is literally zero excuses for Ryan Tannehill. The drafting of Doughty sends a small but firm warning shot to the now 5th year player, lead this team or we might have to find someone who can. A lot of people fail to realize that after 2017 Tannehill's contract is extremely team friendly to move away from. Gase has added play-makers on offense, Landry, Parker, Stills, Cameron, Ajay, Foster, Carroo...all known for their explosiveness and with the O-line obviously better on paper than it was last season it falls squarely on the QB to produce in this offense.

    The defense has some holes but there is no shortage of turnover on that side of the ball. Alonso brings that athletic linebacker play that was sorely needed the past two seasons. If his knee is truly 100% and his play returns anywhere near that of his rookie season this will look like the deal of the century. There are questions at cornerback, will Maxwell be the player that he was in Seattle or the one he was in Philly, will Howard be the good player he was on tape or the bad player he was on tape, two huge questions that will impact the defense tremendously this season. Wake needs to be healthy and Williams needs to play to his potential in the 4-3 or the D-line will struggle this season even with the presence of Suh and 2nd year player Philips in the middle.

    Look for special things from Grant in the return game and in certain situations on offense.

    All in all the team is looking better this first season under Gase than it was last season under Philbin however given the fact that this is the AFC East, the brutal schedule and the growing pains a team with this much turnover will ultimately go through I think the record is 7-9. However I don't think 7-9 is going to be representative of the level of the teams overall play and more a reflection of some tough breaks down the line in the 2016 season.

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    Rob19
    2016 Record: 8-8
    Playoffs: No
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Ndamukong Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Juice
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    Looking at the schedule there appear to be a fair amount of winnable games for Miami. Garoppolo will be starting for the Patriots in week two. The Dolphins also face the Browns, Titans, and Bills at home in weeks three, four, and seven respectively. It is conceivable that Miami could be 5-3 going into the bye week if a couple things break their way. The final stretch of the season appears formidable, though. Starting with a road game at Baltimore in week thirteen in December weather, proceeded by a home game against the Cardinals, back-to-back road games against the Jets and Bills, and ending the season by playing host to the Tom Brady lead Patriots. It's very possible the Dolphins could sputter down the stretch, and that is why I do not have them making the playoffs.

    Bumpus
    2016 Record: 8-8
    Playoffs: Um, no.
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Reshad Jones
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    On offense - I think we'll see a definite improvement in the passing game, while the running attack regresses.
    On defense - Front 4 will be a disruptive force, but are there going to be enough plays made behind them to make a difference?

    I went with an 8-8 prediction because Mami. Also, I can't bring myself to call for a losing season before it even starts. Take that for what it is. Anyway, I really have no damn clue how this season is gonna shake out under our new system. Too many questions. Can our new staff lead the team effectively? Do the new schemes work? Can we stay healthy? Will the O-line gel? Will our linebackers/secondary pull their heads out of their arses? Will Bumpus get drunk on gamedays? Well, OK ... We all know the answer to that last question. One way or another, 'ol Bump will be yelling & throwing crap at the TV along with the rest of you each week this season.

    Enjoy the ride!

    DisturbedShifty

    2016 Record: 7-9
    Playoffs: No
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Ndamaka Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Jarvis Landry
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    Miami is looking to have another one of their typical years in 2016. The player situation didn't change too much from last year and there is a whole new coaching staff. While I like what I have seen and heard from the new staff I am not going to fall for the hype until I see proof of it on the field. Sadly I don't see Miami having a winning record as they have to learn a whole new system on both sides of the ball and will have the regular growing pains that come with it. I hope I am wrong and they manage to pull out a winning season but I don't see that happening this year.


    Daytona Fin
    2016 Record: 6-10
    Playoffs: No
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Ndamukong Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Ryan Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    After 2015 brought another disappointing season, we are back to square one. While there is a hope for bright future on the horizon for the Dolphins, it's just not going to happen this season. So we turn our ambitions to, just wanting to see improvement. That's the goal. Such a disappointment for me personally. I don't think I have ever been this unenthusiastic at the beginning of a season.
    Other than the coaching staff, I don't see the improvements on this team that will make the Dolphins better. A lot of sideways, temporary moves and a below average draft that was made salvageable by the acquisition of Tunsil. For every step in the right direction they seemed to match it with a back step. There is also an abundance of players that are no stranger to injuries and the depth is downright dismal.
    I do believe this team can be better if Gase can jump start this offense, the offensive line performs at a professional level, new players live up to their expectations, key injuries don't force us to rely on our backups and the coaching staff doesn't fall prey to rookie incompetence. That's a lot of if's. The odds are not on our side this season and the win column won't be either.


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    Fishfanmiami
    2016 Record: 8 - 8
    Playoffs: not this year
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Suh
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Tannehill
    Rookie Of The Year: Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    This is the first time in many years I haven't predicted a winning season. We all know how that came out however 8 wins is still optimistic considering the defense we are fielding. Not much confidence in the corners and LB's although i think we'll have a solid pass rushing unit.
    On offense i think pass protection should be much improved so Tannehill should have a good year. Not sure about the running game but hopefully the combination of Foster and Ajayi can get the job done. A tough schedule especially early might put us behind the eight ball but i really like Gase and think by the end of the season we'll be playing our best ball and just miss out on a wildcard.

    Buddy
    2016 Record: 10-6
    Playoffs: Yes
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Rashad Jones
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Tanny
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    Tanny takes the next step and our defense holds together to squeak out 10 wins with 5 being by less than 7 points. We win the close ones finally and slip into the playoffs.

    Phins_4_Ever
    2016 Record: 8-8
    Playoffs: No
    Defensive Player Of The Year: Mario Williams
    Offensive Player Of The Year: Entire OL
    Rookie Of The Year: Laremy Tunsil
    Brief Statement:
    Last year I predicted an 0-6 or 1-5 AFC East Division record and I was right on. This year I will be more positive.
    Offensively this team should make a leap forward. Having been a Tannehill critic in the past I will give him a clean slate and see what he can do with a new coach, new system and improved OL. If the Dolphins can overcome the loss of Miller at RB this offense has no excuses left.
    The big question will be the defense. Can we improve on our horrendous secondary showing from last year? Will Suh remain a one -man force? Can M Williams improve the defense or will he implode like last year? I put my faith into the defensive end pre-2015 and he will become my defensive player of the year.
    The off-season changes should be enough to at least improve to 3-3 in the division thus lifting my initial though of yet another 6-10 season to an 8-8 record. That prediction is predicated on an 0-2 (after 2 games) and an 1-3 start (after 4 games) start. If the Dolphins come out sharp and surprise one of the teams on the road early we may have something surprising in store for the 2016 season.

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