2015 Miami Dolphins Season Predictions
Last season wasn’t a total failure for the Dolphins. While they didn’t make any sort of post season push, they still finished with an 8-8 record and their .500 record offers them some hope heading into the 2015 season.
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Miami has done a lot of redoing this offseason. They’ve brought in a lot of new faces to the team and now believe they have the talent to compete in the AFC East with the Patriots and Bills.
The biggest face the Dolphins brought in this past off season was DT Ndamukong Suh. The big tackle signed a 6 year 114 million deal and will be the main centerpiece in an already talented defense.
As far as other new faces go, the Dolphins brought in DeVante Parker. The rookie has the ability to be a game changer, but has a major speed bump in his career now as he is working his way back from foot surgery.
Following with the rookie trend, the Dolphins have also brought in former Boise State product Jay Ajayi. He’ll be paired up with veteran Lamar Miller as the running back position and will offer a lot of different packages for the Dolphins to work with.
In terms of their receiving core, the Dolphins will have Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills. While Jennings was a dominant and major playmakers under Aaron Rodgers when he was in Green Bay, he’s regressed a little bit. He still offers a solid veteran presence and can be a difference maker, especially if Parker is unable to start the season.
As far as Kenny Stills goes, he is important regardless of Parker’s status. Still’s was acquired in a trade from the Saints and will likely be the main target out wide. In 2014, Stills had 931 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns.
The man behind the offense and who will be the obvious major key will be Ryan Tannehill. The 2012 draft pick threw for 4045 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. A major concern for him last year was his turnovers. Tannehill had 12 interceptions and 8 fumbles.
Tannehill should feel a lot more comfortable this season as it will be the 2nd year in Bill Lazor’s offense. Tannehill also now has some serious weapons around him as he’ll have the likes of TE Jordan Cameron, WR Kenny Stills, WR Greg Jennings, WR Devonte Parker, and WR Jarvis Landry.
The Dolphins defensively were one of the best against the pass in 2014, but terrible against the rush. They ranked 6th overall against the pass with only 222.3 yards allowed. As far as rush yards allowed, the Dolphins let up 121.1 per game (24th).
They’ll have to drastically improve on that number, but the signing of Suh will help the cause out a lot.
Dolphins 2015 Season Prediction:
Things still won’t be easy for the Dolphins this coming season. While they’re greatly improved, they don’t have a standout playmaker.
They’ll need their receiving core to perform exceptionally above their standards. That being said, Ryan Tannehill has a chance to make these receivers better. Taking care of the football and not getting sacked as much as he did in 2014 will be a major key.
Tannehill put the Dolphins in some tough yardage situations and didn’t help the cause out in anyway.
Miami is likely a 7-9 or 8-8 this season. Their offense is just so unproven and can really go either way.
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