What Do the Miami Dolphins Need to Do to Improve

The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football franchise that competes within the National Football League (NFL) in the AFC East division. They play their home games at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

The Miami Dolphins played in their first championship game in Super Bowl VI, but lost to the Dallas Cowboys with a score of 24-3. The following year, they ended up winning the NFL championship. They also took things to another level and won Super Bowl VIII.  They had become the first team to appear in three straight Super Bowls.

In the early years of the Miami Dolphins, under coach George Wilson and Don Shula, they won many games during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. After the championship years, they started slowing down, but they were lucky to have one of the best players of all-time, Dan Marino.  He gave the Miami Dolphins many winning games and was terrific to watch. He was voted as MVP back in 1984, and spent 17 seasons with the Dolphins, helping them to go to an AFC Championship. He retired in 1999.

In 2001, the Dolphins had a strong defensive and earned a wildcard, with great players like Chris Chambers and Lamar Smith. The team got better in 2002, with Ricky Williams and Randy McMichael.

After the 2013 season, General Manager, Jeff Ireland was replaced with Dennis Hickey. In 2015, the team signed on defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. After a losing season, head coach Joe Philbin was let go, and in January 2016 Adam Gase was hired as head coach.

The Miami Dolphins are best known for their two Super Bowl wins under the leadership of Don Shula and the five AFC Championships they won.  The team that went undefeated is still the only one in league history.

The Miami Dolphins need to improve in 2017 if they want to compete for a Super Bowl title. What do they need to do?  Let’s take a look.

  • The Dolphins defense needs to get better at stopping opposing team rushing attacks and
    pick up more speed
  • Allow Ndamukong Suh to get further up the field, so that he can stop the opposition in the backfield for a loss.
  • They need to draft or sign an inside linebacker
  • Utilize Ryan Tannehill’s abilities better and allow him to throw the ball and also hire a backup quarterback
  • Put Bruce McCain on as a nickel cornerback and rotate Bobby McCain to play in every game
  • Allow De Vante Parker to share the split end field with Greg Jennings, so they can see the difference in steady routes
  • Use Billy Turner more often
  • Sign fullback player, Vonta Leach
  • Replace the current player, because Mike Pouncey’s current contract issues
  • Hire an offensive tackle, who will need to help out Nate Garner and Ja’Wuan James
  • Utilize Arthur Lynch, who was on the injured in 2014, because he is a great player
  • Move Mike Pouncey to a guard position
  • Consider re-signing Samson Satele
  • Allow Lamar Miller to touch the football more often
  • Work harder on opposing more yards, and be more mindful about fitting into gaps, limit yards and tackle better
  • Quarter back Tannehill need to make more aggressive decisions and have less turnovers
  • Practice to have fewer fumbles
  • Their offensive success comes to late in the game but they need to play strong through at the entire game
  • The need to work hard at their tight end receiving
  • The coach Gas need to stop calling mistakes and have issues between running and passing

No matter, what happens with the Miami Dolphins, they need another wide receiver- to make things easier for Tannehill and they need to reverse all their losses to start winning.