We like Ryan Tannehnill and think that he could quietly been one of the best quarterbacks in the 2012 draft class. But he's still growing into the position and he's had to do it with not much in the way of an offensive line. The Dolphins did sign burner Mike Wallace last offseason but no one was really surprised by his lack of production in 2013, when he and Tannenhill never seemed to be on the same page.
Things should improve this season but the state of the offensive line remains a question. We've said this about the NFC South but it holds here too: Without a competent offensive line, offenses don't work. The Falcons, Buccaneers and Panthers are about to find this out.
The Dolphins have to hope rookie Ja'Wuan James can man the right tackle spot and that a offseason acquisition Branden Albert can do the same at left tackle. The Dolphins' new offense is designed to get the ball out of Tannehill's hands quickly, which benefits the quarterback, the o-line and the playmakers. How well this group can execute offensive coordinator Bill Lazor's scheme will go a long wan in determining how successful they will be this season.
The Dolphins' defense ranked 17th a year ago, according to Football Outsiders, but they'll have to be better than middle of the pack to have a chance in the division. The good news is that group finished 8-8 in 2014 and was this close to qualifying for the postseason. The bad news is that they were no-shows for the final two regular-season games -- a 19-0 loss to the Bills and a 20-7 loss to the Jets -- that would've punched their playoff ticket.
Just like a year ago, Miami could start the 2014 season 3-1. But a four-game stretch after their Week 5 bye (Packers, at the Bears, at the Jaguars, Chargers) will set the tone for the second half of their season.
Best case: 10-6. Worst case: 6-10.http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/eye-on-foo ... am-in-2014