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Miami Dolphins 2018 Season Preview




Chris Ransom follow @DraftUtopia Posted on 8/12/2018.


Miami Dolphins Free Agency Recap


Miami added Danny Amendola from the New England Patriots to boost their wide receiver depth. Miami also added San Francisco 49ers center Daniel Kilgore in Free Agency. Their biggest offensive line addition was Chicago Bears left guard Josh Sitton joining the Dolphins. Former Indianapolis Colts running back Frank Gore will provide someone who compliments Kenyan Drake well.



Miami Dolphins Draft Recap


The Dolphins drafted Minkah Fitzpatrick in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Minkah Fitzpatrick can play nickel cornerback, strong safety, or free safety with his versatility. Many considered Fitzpatrick a top 10 talent so Miami getting him at 11 was a huge steal. In the second round Miami drafted Penn State tight end Mike Gesicki. Gesicki has struggled with pass protection in training camp despite excelling in this area during the 2018 Senior Bowl. Gesicki also struggled going 0/2 on two targets in Miami's preseason opener against the Tampa Ba Buccaneers. Ohio State right outside linebacker Jerome Baker got drafted by Miami in the third round and provides some nice depth.




Miami Dolphins Quarterback Summary: Ryan Tannehill is still this teams starting quarterback. Tannehill has been on injured reserve the last two seasons. His backups are Brock Osweiler, Bryce Petty, and David Fales. This is easily the worst quarterback situation in the entire NFL if Tannehill goes down again. Miami can surprise some people though if Tannehill stays healthy.


Miami has Adam Gase back as their head coach and playcaller. Dowell Loggains, who worked with Gase in Chicago, is now the new offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins, Quarterbacks coach Bo Hardegree also worked with Gase in Chicago just like Loggains.


Miami Dolphins Running Back Summary: The Miami Dolphins have Kenyan Drake and Frank Gore splitting carries in the backfield. Dowell Loggains had a two back system in Chicago last year with Jordan Howard and Tarik Cohen. Running backs coach Eric Studesville is not only the running backs coach, but also the running game coordinator calling running plays in practice. He was the running backs coach on the Denver Broncos for the past five years.


Miami Dolphins Wide Receiver Summary: Miami has Kenny Stills, Danny Amendola, and DeVante Parker as their starting wide receivers. Miami also has Albert WIlson, Isaiah Ford, and Jakeem Grant for depth.


Miami got rid of Jarvis Landry. They also promoted wide receivers coach Shawn Jefferson to assistant head coach. They also promoted assistant wide receivers coach Ben Johnson to wide receivers coach. I like Jefferson as the assistant head coach. On the flip side, I also feel like Miami should have kept him as the wide receivers coach without promoting Johnson.


Miami Dolphins Tight End Summary: Miami has Marques Gray, A.J. Derby, Gavin Escobar, Thomas Duarte, Mike Gesicki, and Durham Smythe are all on this roster. Gesicki should end up starting for the long-term. One of these other tight ends will have the opportunity to jump Gesicki on the depth chart if he continutes to struggle in the preseason. Tight ends coach Shane Day is okay for a tight ends coach. He's not great, yet enters his third season with the Dolphins making him a reliable asset in the Adam Gase regime as far as coaching goes.


Miami Dolphins Offensive Line Summary: Laremy Tunsil will be Ryan Tannehill's blindside. Josh Sitton provides an upgrade at left guard compared to what Miami previously had. The Dolphins replaced Mike Pouncey with Daniel Kilgore at center.


Right guard may be the only spot where the Dolphins may have a position battle on their hands. Right now, Jessie Davis is favored to beat out Isaac Asiata for the starting right guard spot despite the improvement from Asiata in his second season as he continues to develop.


Right tackle Ju'Wuan James was Miami's 2014 first round pick out of Tennessee. James was a four year starter at Tennessee at the right tackle position starting all 49 career starts prior to Miami drafting him. He's a fantastic run blocker and can be effective in pass protection when facing a weaker pass rusher at defensive end or outside linebacker off the edge. James is in a contract year this season so he needs a huge season to earn a major payday. I think he puts together his best season in order to get overpaid by someone in March.


Jeremiah Washburn takes over as the new offensive line coach. Even though I'm not a big Washburn fan, he can't possibly do any worse then Chris Foerster who got fired from Miami for snorting cocaine on social media last season. Washburn may not be the best offensive line coach, but there is no way he stoops to the level Foerster did last season.


Miami has a middle of the pack offense in points scored, total yards, passing yards, and rushing yards when Ryan Tannehill is healthy. If Tannehill gets injured, this becomes a bottom 3 offense overnight with Brock Osweiler, Bryce Petty, and David Fales being the backup quarterbacks on this roster.



Miami Dolphins Defensive Line Summary: Miami has Robert Quinn starting at 4-3 right end and Cameron Wake complimenting him at 4-3 left end. Miami may just have the best pass rusher tandem in the AFC East Division now which actually says a lot. Charles Harris, Miami's 2017 first round pick is a backup 4-3 right end for depth while Andre Branch is now a backup 4-3 left end for depth.


Miami may no longer have Ndamukong Suh. They still have a lot of depth at 4-3 defensive tackle with Akeem Spence and Davon Godchaux as starters. The Dolphins also have Jordan Phillips and Vincent Taylor for depth.


Kris Kocurek is Miami's new defensive line coach. He worked with the Detroit Lions defensive line last year which is why I can see him thriving as a defensive line coach with the Miami Dolphins.


Miami Dolphins Linebacker Summary: Miami has Kiko Alonso at 4-3 right outside linebacker. Raekwon McMillan is going to start at 4-3 middle linebacker. Stephone Anthony is going to compliment Alonso and McMillan at 4-3 left outside linebacker.


Miami has Jerome Baker as their backup 4-3 right outside linebacker. Their backup middle linebacker is Chase Allen who showed he could line up anywhere at linebacker with all the injuries the Dolphins had. The backup 4-3 left outside linebacker is Terence Garvin.


Miami even has some quality third string linebackers. Mike Hull is the third string 4-3 right outside linebacker. The third string middle linebacker is Quentin Polling. Miami's third string 4-3 left outside linebacker is Frank Ginda. Miami is stacked at linebacker with all this depth and the crazy part is some of these linebackers may not even make the Miami Dolphins final roster.


Miami has two coaches that know how to coach linebackers. Matt Burke is the Miami Dolphins defensive coordinator. Frank Bush is an assistant head coach/linebackers coach. Miami has two assistant head coaches one on offense and one on defense so they can either promote Shawn Armstrong of Frank bush if something happens to Adam Gase.


Miami Dolphins Defensive Backs Summary: The Dolphins Xavien Howard and Cordrea Tankersley on the outside with Bobby McCain in the nickel. They can also put McCain and Howard on the outside and move rookie Minkah Fitzpatrick into that nickel role. Miami also has Reshad Jones at strong safety and T.J. McDonald at free safety. Miami may opt to put Fitzpatrick at free safety though as well. The Miami Dolphins have a variety of ways they can utilize players on their secondary thanks to drafting Minkah Fitzpatrick in the 2018 NFL Draft.


Tony Oden was the defensive backs coach with the Detroit Lions. Now he joins the Miami Dolphins and specializes in developing ballhawk corners that record interceptions. Oden wants his corners to get turnovers. He values that over how effective they cover. Miami has some effective cover corners already so if you train these corners to be ballhawks that get interceptions, then perhaps Miami is a team that could make a huge leap in terms of improving their turnover rate in 2018.


The Dolphins defense has potential to be a top 10 unit in sacks, points allowed, total yards allowed, rushing yards allowed, and passing yards allowed. I love the players on this defense. The thing that concerns me is that Miami has a first year defensive line coach and a first year defensive backs coach despite having tremendous depth on the front 7.



Miami Dolphins Special Teams Summary: Miami needs a better kicker then Jason Sanders. Matt Haack is not an ideal punter. Jakeem Grant will help with both kickoff returns and punt returns.


Darrien Rizzi is the Dolphins special teams coordinator. Rizzi got demoted from assistant head coach to associate head coach. He's still pretty good at calling plays on special teams.




Miami Dolphins Worst Case Scenario: Miami goes 1-15. They have the NFL's worst record and hold the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.


Miami Dolphins Best Case Scenario: Miami goes 7-9 and surprises people. This Miami Dolphins team plays lke a team that is closer to contention then most people realize allowing Miami to keep their current core of players and coaches together.


Miami Dolphins 2018 NFL Schedule


Week
Date
Opponent
Time
Cable Network
Result
Week 1
September 9
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 2
September 16
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 3
September 23
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 4
September 30
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 5
October 7
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 6
October 14
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
W
Week 7
October 21
VS
1 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 8
October 25
AT
8:20 PM EST
FOX
L
Week 9
November 4
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 10
November 11
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 11
Bye Week
Week 12
November 25
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 13
December 2
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 14
December 9
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 15
December 16
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L
Week 16
December 23
VS
1 PM EST
CBS
W
Week 17
December 30
AT
1 PM EST
CBS
L


Miami Dolphins 2018 Projected Record (5-11): Miami has the talent to exceed my expectations if they stay healthy. At the same time, Ryan Tannehill has been on injured reserve the past two seasons. I'm not banking on him to stay healthy. Even if Tannehill does stay healthy, he's not an elite quarterback by any means so I got the Dolphins at 5-11 finishing second ine AFC East Division.








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