Success has been within reach of the Miami Dolphins at times throughout the last decade while at other times it appeared to be too far away to even dream about. The last time they won a playoff game was in 2000 against the Indianapolis Colts right about the time that Peyton Manning was preparing to make a name for himself.
With their last playoff berth a short time ago (in 2008) the pieces of the puzzle for NFL success are close to being in place. Since then the team has changed quarterbacks from Chad Pennington to another Chad, Chad Henne. With Bill Parcells in the front office for the Dolphins, the team has become younger and more talented every year, and is on the verge of becoming a contender in the AFC East.
Like every team, the Dolphins have to go through the rigors of the off-season before hitting training camp in preparation for the 2010 season.
Henne to Marshall the Key to Success in 2010
Stephen Ross, the owner of the Miami Dolphins, is feeling rather confident about the Dolphins' chances in 2010, enough so to say his team is Super Bowl ready, and that their new quarterback, Chad Henne, will be the man to take them there.
Ross has gone onto to say that he sees Henne becoming even greater than hall of fame quarterback Dan Marino. Like Marino, Henne will need a go-to receiver; the team went out and got him one in the form of Brandon Marshall.
Marshall became one of the best receivers in the NFL over the last few years in Denver. Since joining the team following the trade in which the Dolphins gave the Broncos two 2nd round draft picks, Marshall has not been able to do much due to a hip injury. With surgery to repair the damage done with and Marshall well on his way to recovery, the newest weapon has not been wasting any time getting familiar with his new quarterback.
With his rehab going well and ahead of schedule, Marshall was able to start working out with the receivers, catching balls towards the end of OTAs. He was not expected to catch any until training camp so seeing him do some work during OTAs was a welcome sight for the Dolphin faithful and head coach Tony Sparano.
Marshall has stated that he is looking forward to developing the relationship that he and Henne need to be successful this coming season, as individuals and as a unit.
The Dolphin passing attack will look to be much better than the 20th ranked position they finished 2009 in.
New look for linebackers in 2010
In order to be competitive in 2010, the Dolphins knew they would need to improve off their 22nd ranked defense from 2009. They hope that they succeeded in doing so with the linebackers they are looking to line up going into training camp.
Karlos Dansby was the big free agent acquisition of the off-season for the defense. After six years in Arizona, Dansby has become one of the most feared linebackers in the league averaging close to 100 tackles a season since entering the league. So far through the team’s OTAs, Dansby has been doing everything that the team could have hoped for in preparation for his first season as a Dolphin.
The only returning starter to the group is Channing Crowder. Crowder joined the Dolphins in 2005, and has averaged over 80 tackles a season. Who mans the other two spots in the Dolphin’s 3- scheme remains to be seen.
On the weak side it could be either second round draft pick Koa Misi from Utah or Charlie Anderson. Anderson, formerly a 6th round pick of the Texans, and has only seen limited time since joining the Dolphins in 2008. On the other side the team will look to start sophomore Cameron Wake or 4th year man Quentin Moses.