Everyone likes to reflect on the past year on New Years Eve. As a fan of the Miami Dolphins I thought it would be a good idea to look back on the season that just ended. It was another disappointing year of football since the Dolphins are not in the post season, again. Starting the year off with a huge win against the Patriots gave us all hope that this would be “the year”. How many times have fans said that about their teams? We lost close games to Green Bay and Detroit that could have just as easily been wins. A few small mistakes kept us out of the playoffs.
Really? Just a few small mistakes? 8-8 usually means your team is average. Well, let’s look at the team. We had the #2 ranked defense for the better part of the year. However injuries hurt us along with…not really sure what happened. We have Cameron Wake and Brent Grimes in the Pro Bowl this year. The rest of the Defense needs to try to play at that level ALL SEASON! Now the offense. We lost Knowshon Moreno early in the year so there goes our running game. Wrong! Lamar Miller stepped it up in a big way! He ended the year with 1099 yards including an amazing 97 yard TD run in the last game. OK, lets talk about the passing game. Ryan Tannehill didn’t start off so great, but then he had a little sit down with Dan Marino and things turned around. He just broke Dan’s completion record for the Dolphins and threw for 4045 yards. That puts him at #11 in the NFL for yards this season. It is also the first time ever the Dolphins had a 4000+ yard passer AND a 1000+ yard rusher. Mike Wallace finally had some big catches, but with his inconsistency and other problems it might be the last season for him with the Phins. Besides, rookie Jarvis Landry had a great year with 84 receptions. So how is it with a retooled offensive line (Mike Pouncey even had to move from Center to Right Guard) the Dolphins managed so much offense? Give them a solid off season and I think we will see a top 5 offense in 2015.
So, the bottom line is the Miami Dolphins made some big improvements. I believe they finally have their franchise quarterback and the defense is getting back to where it needs to be. Head Coach Joe Philbin was given the green light for another year but I think if he misses the playoffs again it will be his last. I think Stephen Ross didn’t want to rock the boat given there were some big leaps made. Yes, 8-8 is a disappointment, but not as bad when you can look at your QB and be confident….finally.
See you next season!