Si: Ccould Miami Sneak Into The Afc Playoff Picture? 10 Thoughts On The 2018 Dolphins

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  1. DKphin

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    1. Miami’s biggest offensive problem last season was not Ryan Tannehill’s injury, Jay Cutler’s divergences, O-line coach Chris Foerster’s infamous video, Julius Thomas’s disappearance or the wide receivers’ inconsistency. It was the offensive line, which head coach Adam Gase never fully trusted. Every 3rd-and-long became a checkdown drill and primer for punting. Gase’s once-potent receiver screen game became ubiquitous and predictable. The ground game became an afterthought.

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2018/08/08/miami-dolphins-2018-nfl-preview
     
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    Wow, a rare comprehensive, in-touch look from national media. Can't disagree with much here, they didn't mention the push for "culture-change" or the multiple coaching changes but nice read anyway.
     
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    Offensive line looks improved imo so this excuse goes away this year. I expect 10 6 and not this as a issue.
     
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    Yep, been saying this for a while....the OL has been the biggest issue (along with drafting) for this team for at least a decade. Even with 4 first rounders (Pouncey, James, Albert, and Tunsil) on the line, we were in the mid 20's.......but we won games with the starters in there at a high rate. The issues have been injuries and not just bad depth, absolutely sad jokes at depth across the OL. Hopefully this new group can at least be average and stay healthy!
     
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    very respectable (non-homer) opinion.
     
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    Does winning the division count as "sneaking in"?
     
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    Good thing they addressed our biggest weakness in the draft. Oh wait...
     
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    How is it an excuse when it’s actually reality.
     
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    Nice report and I think pretty darn accurate.
     
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    I don’t really think we can say that without having seen them play a game.
     
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    I liked the read. I agree that this team is closer to the 10-6 team ratger than the 6-10 team.
     
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    I've always said that it starts up front in both sides of the ball. On paper it'd seems the O-line should be better this year but they haven't played a down together yet. Time will tell and I'm really hoping they can put it together this year.
     
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    Damned if you do, damned if you don't......investing in the OL.

    We've heard the knock for years that we've spent all this draft capital and still can't put together a solid complete season out of the OL.

    It's not a shock the OL was what it was last year. Tunsil playing RG his rookie did himself and the team no favor's in the long run, with the hindsight of RT's injury derailing the season.

    LT at LT in 2018 should be a huge improvement. Even if he's not All-Pro, I think it's safe to say if he's healthy, he's not a concern.

    Ju'Wuan James is a concern. Hard to point to another 1st round pick who's been a starter from day 1 and be this much of an enigma. I don't see a big extension in his future. If Jesse Davis proves to be a valuable RG this year, he'll prove to be an even more valuable RT next year. We have the potential to be an above average unit easily if health isn't a concern. That's why you have guys like Kenyan Drake though. Dude can put stats with average blocking, give him slightly better and we do his thing.

    Sitton/Kilgore is a fresh start for entire OL without changing that much about the core. Moving on from Pouncey was necessary if you believe cohesion is important in OL play. Couldn't pay that hip that kind of coin to not practice.

    Maybe for once, not drafting an OL will lead to better results.
     
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    Addressed through FA and trade. No idea if it will be better but it was addressed.
     
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    the only thing I don't understand is, while Pouncey to Kilgore is likely a downgrade in mobility Davis is the same player and is Sitton less mobile than Bushrod?
     
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    Yeah I don't love this offensive line as much as others do on paper, but hopefully they function good as a unit.
     
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    I hope our team does stay under the radar. It's not like anybody takes much notice or gives any decent input apart from the ppl that love the team through thick and thin. I hope the team shoves the haters comments and proves them wrong.
     
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    good / very fair read. Appreciate the link
     
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    There's is going to be a real drop off if Sutton gets hicked or injured.

    I say pound them with those 330lb guards early and often, been a while since we had nice big guards.

    The run game should benefit.
     
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    An all-pro guard is a downgrade in athleticism to... Jermon Bushrod? :rolleyes:

    Other than that, great article!
     
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    Certainly a good logical answer Spiff though sticking with my guns and this is my logic we have a new assistant coach respected in the league, 2 1st round draft picks in their prime at tackle with at least Tunsil being a rare talent, veteran guards and centers that have played well elsewhere in Sitton, Larsen and Kilgor. Second year player such as Davis showing promise plus other depth at tackle and guard that we have not had. If we sneak into the playoffs on offense the talent is the oline and on defense the backfield imo.
     
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    Stout D.

    Running game.

    These are the two things that made us great, long before any of us heard the name Dan Marino.

    And he had neither. If he had, we’d be laughing at the antics of Tom Brady.
     
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    You ain't lying, I am as surprised as you are.....nice read indeed.
     
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    Good read. The author says the Rams traded Quinn due to a lack of moves. Fine with me, the moves he does have will be used in Miami. Also, nothing was said about the coaching we now have Kocurek was a great addition. Bring the anger.
     
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    Under the radar....just like we did in '16.
     
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    O-line is still a big question mark IMO. Hopefully, the culture shift suddenly makes them talented and cohesive. Aside form Sitton (who enters the time of decline in his 11th season), this o-line is unproven.
     
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    Back when they had some elite talent and played 4 of the last place teams outside their division.
     
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    Whew.... Found myself getting excited and optimistic about the upcoming season... Appreciate you coming in and slapping this thread back to reality.....
     
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    Glad I could be the zig to your zag
     
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    10-6 get you in playoff or maybe 9-7 find way to get to that mark and you in . anything else is failing...
     
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    Just curious....outside of Suh, who was elite?

    Also...Jets twice, Bills twice, Bears, Colts...

    I'm pretty confident in my 10 wins plus season...barring an injury to Tannehill.
     
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    Bills beat us with Thad Lewis . . .Jets beat us with Geno Smith. People put those games down every year like they are “book it” wins lol.

    That 12/30 game @Buffalo is one of the 3 toughest games on that schedule.

    And not sure if you have seen that Bears team recently, but their skill guys are the type that give us hell on defense. Their offensive line is young and talented, they got a QB and their defense has potential. I wouldn’t mark them off so quick either.
     
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    I wasn't marking them as teams we will automatically win....any given Sunday and all that, more teams as I see as the last place in the division...Bengals are a possibility as well if the Browns turn around things (unlikely with the mess of a staff they have).
     
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    this will be 50/50 game of winning
    do nt sleep on bengals they are not that bad of team. they still have lot of talent
     
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    I’ve been banned from saying his name but it starts with L and ends with andry.
     
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    Landry is debatable at best as being a pro bowler let alone elite but to each their own...
     
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    Good read and pretty accurate.

    If things go our way I can see us close to 10-6, if our run of absolutely horrendous luck continues then are are going to be around 6-10. Can probably say that for every team in the league though :p
     
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    Our offensive line personal and coach all have a proven track record just not with the phins which is a point to consider. Unproven IMO I reserve more for rookies and newbies to a position more like our linebacking corp this year or tight ends.
     
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    They were still under the radar.
     

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