Free agency frenzy is scheduled to start either July 25th or July 28th. That being said, I wanted to do a Dolphins’ state of the franchise before free agency took place. My state of the franchise will be done a little differently than most. I am going to go up and down the roster and evaluate where Miami stands by 4 different criteria: Super Bowl caliber, playoff caliber, league average, and below league average. I think these four category groups are a good display of letting the fan base know exactly where I think the Dolphins stand at each position on the field.
Quarterback: Below League Average
Solution: Bring in competition for Henne
Whether you have thrown in the towel or not on Chad Henne, it will be hard to argue that brining in a stable backup or veteran option would harm the young quarterback. Some might forget, while pouring their Hater-ade all over him, but Chad Henne is still a young QB in this league. While I personally don’t feel Henne is the solution, I do believe bringing in competition might elevate his game. If that doesn’t work for Henne it at least could present itself as a short-term solution to have a veteran start for the Dolphins the next two years potentially.
QB is obviously the most important player on any team so it goes without saying that it is Miami’s biggest concern. But a quick fix may not be enough to put them over the top.
Running Back: League Average
Solution: Bring in a compliment running back for Daniel Thomas
Some people might think I am too harsh on this rating but the fact is it would be hard to argue that Daniel Thomas, who has never stepped on an NFL field, is better than 16 other NFL running backs. That being said, RB is the position that can go through the most growth and very quickly. By simply adding an X-factor at running back like Darren Sproles or Reggie Bush or going the route of DeAngelo Williams or Ahmad Bradshaw it would immediately make this team’s backfield, at the very least, playoff worthy.
Wide Receivers: Playoff Caliber
Solution: Brandon Marshall enters BEAST MODE all season
Many people are quick to criticize Brandon Marshall because of his only average 1st year in Miami, but if you can put his immaturity to the side, Marshall is easily a top 5 NFL WR. Alongside Marshall is maybe the best slot receiver the NFL has to offer in Davone Bess. Gates and Hartline bring a solid amount of depth, speed and skill to the mix to round up the crew. The only reason I put Miami’s WR core at playoff caliber and not Super Bowl caliber is because Marshall needs to up his game the way he can for this to be one of the NFL’s elite receiving cores.no comments