With the start of training camp it’s time to look at the entire NFL and see who those early elite teams might be. The Seattle Seahawks are ready to defend their championship title of a year ago and the Denver Broncos have already said anything less than a Super Bowl victory will be considered a failed season.
The Dolphins are not expected to truly compete for a Super Bowl but the fans are hoping for a far better improvement over last years 8-8 record. 9-7 will be an improvement but most fans want to see a return to the 10-6 realm and frankly that’s the only way the Dolphins will win the division and might be the only way the make the playoffs at all.
If you were a betting man, you wouldn’t put your money on the Dolphins this season. The Dolphins are not getting much action in Las Vegas either. A 2015 betting site is predicting a rematch between Seattle and Denver. The Dolphins are so far down on the odds that if you are a betting man, or woman, you would stand to gain a very nice fortune if you did in fact bet on the Dolphins.
Fans have grown increasingly tired of watching the Dolphins collapse late in the season or
find themselves needing help as the last month rolls along. Fans are tired of seeing the New England Patriots find ways to win when their season is on the line and the Dolphins vanishing behind the inability to rally.
This year the Dolphins will work to get to the playoffs and they will have a tough schedule to get there but can they go deep into the playoffs if they make it? The answer should be yes.
Consider that if the Dolphins make the playoffs, the odds are they will likely do so as the AFC East winner and if they can win the division then that means a lot of things are going right for the team. It will mean they have momentum and that the team believes in themselves. That is a dangerous formula to have going into the post-season.
All the pieces will need to come together but that isn’t a crazy thought. Bill Lazor could be the key to making this happen with a new offensive system that could ignite a sleeping high-powered offense. Defensively however, DC Kevin Coyle needs to come up with an answer for the issues that plagued the team last season.
The Dolphins ranked a lot lower than projected last season especially against the run where the team found no linebacker support. The Dolphins defense could be the key to the teams playoff chances. If the offense can generate points under this new system, the Dolphins defense may find themselves the weak link.
Can the Dolphins make the post-season for the 2014 season? Yes. Will they? That depends on far too many variables.