The Miami Dolphins a franchise that has been a mess for so long, may be doing just enough to reorient the team in a different direction. First they got rid of John Ireland as the GM, this move is three or four years too late. Under Ireland it was always a circus and the team became a real joke under his stewardship kind of like the Lions under Matt Millen although to his credit he always avoided going 0-16. I think the Dennis Hickey a talent evaluator for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the last nine years is an upgrade over Ireland although it is too soon to tell.
The Dolphins offensive line gave up 58 sacks last season. As a group they were never functional as there was no trust between the men on that line. The two biggest distractions from last seasons offensive line are gone Richie Incognito was cut and Jonathan Martin was traded to San Fransisco. Replacing them will be former Chief Brandon Albert and former Ram Shelley Smith this represents a significant upgrade for the Dolphins on the offensive line and should be able to protect Ryan Tannehill better then last years group.
The Dolphins have signed former Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Finnegan is averaging 5.18 tackles a game. The thing is he is only averaging 0.66 passes defensed a game, meaning he can be passed on. He also isn’t a big playmaker averaging 0.15 interceptions a game, I don’t know that this signing was worth letting the younger Nolan Carroll and Dimitri Patterson walk to Philadelphia and the Jets respectivley.
Earl Mitchell the former Texans defensive end is a good pickup. Mitchell was second behind J.J. Watt amongst defensive linemen in tackles on the team. Mitchell is young and has gotten better every single year and this year should be no exception. Last season Mitchell averaged 3 tackles a game. Mitchell’s strength appears to be in the run game as he has a total of 3.5 sacks in 63 career games.
Louis Delmas the former Detroit Lions safety is an iffy pickup. The main concern with Delmas is that he can’t stay healthy. For his career Delmas is averaging 5.09 tackles a game. Delmas is only averaging 0.36 passes defensed per game but he has also missed a 15 games in his first four seasons. Last season was the first time he has started all 16 games in a season. If he stays healthy I think he will make a big difference in the Dolphins secondary.
The Dolphins have also picked up Knowshon Moreno the former Broncos running back. Moreno had his first 1,000 yard rushing season last year. He averaged 64.87 yards a game last season with a 4.3 yards per carry average. He had an 81% Reception Ratio, he also averaged 8.13 yards after the catch. Expect both those numbers to go down as Moreno starts catching passes from Ryan Tannehill instead of Peyton Manning. With that said this move should bolster the running game and the short passing game for the Dolphins.