This article is part of our Team Previews series.
State of the Franchise
Last offseason, the Dolphins drafted a player in Ryan Tannehill, who they believe will become their franchise quarterback. More recently, they went about adding playmakers in the passing game by signing free agent wideouts Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson, along with TE Dustin Keller, who caught 65 passes for the Jets in 2011. Though the team decided to let running back Reggie Bush go, as he didn't fit the system that second-year head coach Joe Philbin wants to run, the position has now been addressed by Miami in three straight drafts.
Heading into the 2013 campaign, several questions regarding the team's attack remain unanswered: Can the Dolphins produce enough on offense to be a threat game in and game out? Can Tannehill make the jump from promising, but inconsistent rookie QB to someone who can be relied upon to run the offense proficiently? Can Lamar Miller, Daniel Thomas and Mike Gillislee force defenses to account for the running game, leading opposing safeties to play closer to the line of scrimmage, thus allowing Wallace the room he needs to get open? If the answer to those questions is yes, then Miami could emerge as a dark horse in the AFC.
On the other side of the ball, the defense features a solid front seven, led by pass rushing DE Cameron Wake. This year, the Dolphins are trying to give him some help, with the addition of third overall pick, DE Dion Jordan