Last year, the Miami Dolphins finished at 7-9 and you could say that was overachieving, given the lack of identity the team had under then-coach Adam Gase and then-quarterback Ryan Tannenhill.
Well, it’s rebuilding time in South Florida. Gase is in New York and Tannenhill is in Tennessee. Now, it’s former Patriots assistant Brian Flores, who will have to piece together a winning formula from a roster many believe is designed to tank.
Here is your 2019 season preview for the Miami Dolphins:
It’ “Fitzmagic” time for as long as it lasts: Ryan Fitzpatrick will start the season at quarteback for Miami, and we know when he’s “on” he can throw with anybody in the league as he did last year in Tampa Bay. It’s his unpredictability that has set his career back time after time. Meanwhile, Josh Rosen, once the future in Arizona was acquired via trade during the off-season and will get his opportunity if Fitzpatrick can’t find the magic.
That offensive line is rough: Both quarterbacks could be staring up at the sky, if the offensive line, who saw their coach fired during training camp, can’t protect them.
It’s easy to see why they might tank: No weapons at running back or wide receiver. No consistent defensive playmakers. There is just no easy solution to scoring or stopping other teams from doing so.
They could very well drop their first four games against the Ravens, Patriots, Cowboys, and Chargers, all playoff teams from last year. They could get lucky against the rebuilding Redskins for their first win. The Steelers should beat them before division rivals New York and Buffalo could give them a break. The Browns and Eagles will beat them down before they split with the Jets on the road and their season likely over. By this time they really might be tanking, but should put up a fight against the Giants and Bengals in meaningless games, and the Patriots, who could be resting players by then.
Verdict: This could be the worst team in the NFL. It’s that bad. But should they cobble together some momentum against this tough schedule there could be some hope for next season.