So I have been reading everyone's posts and kinda paying attention to camp and decided to make my first post of the year. This will give my opinion on almost everything Dolphins related.
Expectations. 9-7 with 3 of those losses coming by 1 score or less. That will make me ecstatic. If they do better then great! If they do worse, did anyone really expect more? I mean realistically. Rookie head coach, questions an RB, CB and LB? I know Adam Gase is supposed to be an offensive genius but I am choosing to keep my expectations down this year for good reason.
RB's. If Arian Foster can stay healthy then we are in great shape! Ajayi is already out the first week of camp with a "minor knee injury" and it's not on the knee that has troubled him his whole life, it's the other one. Drake is a rookie and unproven and also has been injured more often than not in his football career. So, 3 backs, tons of potential, all have a ridiculous injury history and are a huge risk. I am not liking our odds.
The O-line. I honestly expect them to be better this year. Not because they magically have learned how to play football, they have known how to do that all along. I expect better things because I think Gase is smart enough to mask their weaknesses week to week with his game planning and play calling. That is what good coaches do and that is what I expect from the O-Line this year.
Defense. What can we all really say? It's the same story as last year mostly. D-line is supposed to be great, LBs have improved on paper and we still have issues at CB. Let me be clear though, I blame none of this of the current brain trust. In my opinion, they have done everything they could to improve the defense, like it or not. I am happy they didn't pay Oliver Vernon what he was asking, the money he got from the Giants was ridiculous. They addressed the issue at LB the best they could, it's a risk with Kiko Alonso but I like the move regardless. As for CB, they got Maxwell and drafted Xavien Howard. Nobody could have know he would be out all of camp. Look, Philbin got rid of Vontae Davis because of his maturity level, I get it. But at the end of the day Davis was a Pro Bowl talent, he should have been managed better by the last coaching staff. So there is one. How about Grimes? Who would have guessed his wife wouldn't be able to shut her mouth? Did we really have a choice when it came to him? I don't think so. It was apparent that she wasn't going to shut her mouth so we offered him a lower contract and he declined. End of story. Good luck Tampa! So there is 2 pro bowl caliber players that the current brain trust had no choice in their fates. Not their fault. Let's all just hope for the best.
QB's and receivers. As of this writing, none of the QB's have thrown an INT in 4 practices. Kenny Stills has been the best receiver in camp so far. Surprising being that we have Landry and Parker. They are in the right track and I am happy to see their progress. This offense all hinges on Tannehill's ability to audible into the best play. That is the unknown factor here. Time will tell on that subject.
This season is filled with potential and I hope the Dolphins over achieve but let's not all forget all the circumstances here.
On a side note, I placed a bet in Vegas for the Phins to win the east, just for fun!