Miami Dolphins Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles
9 in 11 years. Some were only interim, but that’s how many head coaches the Miami Dolphins have had since 2004. There’s been so many, we forget who’s been there. Here goes….Wannstedt, Bates, Saban, Cameron, Sparano, Bowles, Philbin, Campbell and Gase. The Miami Dolphins announced that Adam Gase would be their head coach on January 9, 2016. Stability and continuity is good for football ( ask any Pats or Bengals fan) so let’s hope Gase is Miami’s last hire for awhile.
2016 Team Outlook-
The big bully in the AFC East is still the New England Patriots, who have won the division 12 of the past 13 years. The Miami Dolphins, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets probably have a team that could beat New England if they could combine forces and create the perfect team, but separately, it’s likely another Pats win in 2016.
2016 Fantasy Football Outlook-
QB– Ryan Tannehill was selected in the 2012 NFL Draft, the 8th eighth overall pick and was the 3rd quarterback off the boards then. Andrew Luck went #1 overall, and Robert Griffin III went 2nd. Tannehill is the “Alex Smith” of the AFC East. He’s a competent quarterback who gets the job done, and mid-range in touchdown passes, INTs and rankings at the end of each year. ( 2015- 24 TDs, 12 INTs, ranked #15)
RBs– Lamar Miller, over the past two years, has 2623 total yards and 19 touchdowns. Like Tannehill, Miller was drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft. Miller was the #9 running back for 2014, and the #6 in 2015. Despite this incredible production, it’s quite possible Miami lets the free agent leave. The Dolphins still have RB Jay Ajayi, who was drafted by Miami in the 2015 NFL Draft. (Ajayi only had 49 carries in 2015…..which averages to 3 carries per game) UPDATE: Lamar Miller has signed with Houston
WRs– Miami is so loaded with talented wide receivers, that they probably aren’t going to make a huge effort to re-sign WR Rishard Matthews (another player that Miami drafted in the 2012 NFL Draft.) Jarvis Landry was Miami’s #1 receiver in 2015, with 1159 receiving yard and 4 TDs ( ranking Landry #17 for the season). WR DeVante Parker came on strong in the final 7 games of 2015, with 400+ receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. Landry and Parker should be Miami’s #1 and #2 WRs in 2016.
TEs– When former Brown TE Jordan Cameron signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins, fantasy football owners were salivating. Their mouths dried up however, just like Cameron’s fantasy stats. He’s a very gifted athlete, but Tannehill doesn’t see tight ends as a huge offensive weapon, like NO QB Drew Brees or NE QB Tom Brady does. ( or maybe Tannehill and Cameron still need to build chemistry) Cameron was only #29th ranked- TE Rankings 2015
K– Seems like Miami has been trying to find a reliable place kicker is they released Dan Carpenter back in 2013. Andrew Franks has won the Dolphins’ kicker job in September, 2015, beating out former Dolphin Caleb Sturgis. Franks had the lowest number of field goal attempts in 2015, only 16 ( he made 13)
DEF– Call me crazy…..but if a team gives a players a six-year deal worth $114 million ( with $60 million guaranteed), their defense ought to get better, not worst. On March 11, 2015, Miami signed Ndamukong Suh, making him the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, and yet their defense went from #17 in 2014, to #25 in 2015. Now it’s not all Suh’s fault, but he was brought in to be a “difference maker”, and so far he has not been one.
2015 Miami Fantasy Surprises– Ndamukong Suh is a fierce competitor, and sometimes it gets him into trouble, but he should have brought the Miami’s defense up few notches even in this first year. Jarvis Landry ran the football 17 times for 111 yards and 1 TD. His rushing yardage was 2nd most for wide receiver in 2015. FYI- STL WR Tavon Austin ran the football 52 times, most for a WR in 2015 (that was 5 more times than TENN RB B Sankey.)
2016 Free Agents that Miami Needs to Address– , RB Lamar Miller, WR Rishard Matthews, QB Matt Moore, FS Michael Thomas (RFA), FS Louis Delmas, MLB Kelvin Sheppard, OLB Spencer Paysinger, DE Olivier Vernon, DE Derrick Shelby
2016 NFL Draft– The immediate needs of Miami, like many teams, is repairing their O-Line. The Dolphins will likely draft an offensive tackle and offensive guard. The Miami Dolphins need an inside linebacker. It also wouldn’t be surprising if Miami gets a running back late if Miller bolts. MIAMI’S 2015 DRAFT
Did You Know– Longtime Dolphins coach Don Shula was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1951 as a defensive back. Shula signed a $5,000-a-year contract and played in all 12 of Cleveland’s games in 1951, making his first appearance as a starter in October, and recorded four interceptions.
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