Editors Note: OurTurf Football has had a great, long-time friendship with Russell Baxter and we were honored when he asked a few of our writers to do team season previews for his website, PFG Vibe/ProFootballGuru. OTFB’s Lisa Johnson wrote up her thoughts on the upcoming season for the Miami Dolphins. The article was originally published on Aug 25, 2019, and can be seen here.
2019 Miami Dolphins Preview
By Lisa Johnson (@LJ1303)
Special to Pro Football Guru
The Miami Dolphins fired Head Coach Adam Gase after 3 seasons with the Dolphins. After leading the Dolphins to their first playoff birth since 2008, Gase was fired after the 2018 season, posting a 7-9 record. The Miami Dolphins then moved onto New England Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores. Flores served as linebackers coach and defensive play-caller during the 2018 Super Bowl run. On February 4, 2019, Flores was hired as head coach of the Miami Dolphins.
Offense: On March 15, 2019, the Dolphins parted ways with their former first-round pick Quarterback Ryan Tannehill, trading him to the Tennessee Titans, which paved the way for a fresh start at quarterback. The Dolphins then traded for Arizona’s former first-round pick, Josh Rosen, and then also added some veteran help in signing journeymen Ryan Fitzpatrick. Miami brought in offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea, who Coach Flores said will work from the sideline with the group. As of press time, Coach Flores has yet to name a starter for the 2019 NFL season. Fitzpatrick and Rosen have been locked in a quarterback competition since the start of the training camp in July.
Defense: Dolphins were ranked 27th in the league for points allowed in 2018. Looking to improve, defensive coordinator Matt Burke was not retained by the Miami Dolphins. Flores brought in Patrick Graham, who will be without two of Miami’s premier pass rushers, Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn, who has since moved on. With Coach Flores and Coach Graham, the Dolphins are sure to see many new defensive schemes come their way. Safeties and cornerbacks will switch spots, with safeties moving up to play linebacker, while defensive ends will roll back into coverage. I have seen this several times already in training camp, and it seems to be a major focus.
Special Teams: Anytime you mention the Miami Dolphins Special Teams, the first thing anyone should think about is long snapper, John Denney. Denney was signed by the Dolphins before the start of the 2005 season. Denney has been an iron man on this Dolphin’s special teams. He has played in 224 consecutive games. As far as the two kickers’ go, Miami is very happy with placekicker Jason Sanders and Punter Matt Haack. Sanders is coming off an 18 of 20 rookie season while Haack enjoyed a 44.6 yard average for punts. Dolphins new special teams coordinator is Danny Crossman.
Prediction: Right now I truly believe we are in a rebuilding era. The next 2-3 drafts are gonna be crucial for the Dolphins. There is talent on this team, and the Dolphins need to build around that young talent. They need to land that franchise quarterback and place those building blocks correctly.
Win-Loss Record: 3-13. Dead last in the AFC East. As for the NFL Draft in 2020, I think they’ll be on the clock with the 3rd overall pick.