Can a tuna lead the Dolphins to glory? Bill Parcells, the teamís head of football operations affectionately known as the Tuna, is in a make or break third year of his regime. His first year was superb, his second subpar. How far can the Dolphins go in 2010?
Miami fans have more to be thankful for this year than just sunshine and South Beach. For the first time in years, the Dolphins have a legitimate number 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall who was acquired in a trade from Denver this offseason. Marshall will replace Ted Ginn Jr., the first round bust who was traded to San Francisco this summer. Second year gunslinger Chad Henne got much needed experience last year and should be in better command of his team this season. He can rely on his pair of running backs, Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams, to keep the pressure off him while he develops a relationship with Marshall.
Miamiís defense will look significantly different than last year, especially the linebacking corps. Veterans Joey Porter (Arizona) and Jason Taylor (New York) are both gone. To replace them, the Dolphins signed Karlos Dansby to a five year, $43 million deal. First round pick Jared Odrick from Penn State University should help the teamís pass rush.
The Dolphins are really a wild card this year. They have all the pieces to compete for an AFC East crown, but if the talent doesnít gel, these Dolphins and the Tuna will not be safe.