Tuesday, August 12, 2008

NFL Preview Show Extravaganza: Miami Dolphins

Today, we continue our look at the AFC East as we focus on the Miami Dolphins.

What can be said about the Dolphins that hasn't been said already. When you think of the Dolphins, two names come to mind, Marino and Shula. When you look at the 2007 Dolphins, only one thing comes to mind and that's the 1-15 record.

It's been a bad time to be a Dolphins fan. At this point, I'm sure some Dolphin fans are reminiscing about the days that Marino was the quarterback and Shula was the coach.

This season, things are changing in Miami. It started with Bill Parcells being named the Executive VP of Football Operations, which led to Jeff Ireland being named GM, which led to Tony Sparano being named head coach. Now it didn't necessarily happen in that order, but I think you get the point.

The challenge for Parcells is to turn this laughing stock of a team back into division winners. The Dolphins selected and signed Michigan tackle Jake Long with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. Long will try to bring some steadiness to an offensive line that hasn't experienced it in a while.

On Friday, the Dolphins signed former Jets quarterback Chad Pennington. It's a great opportunity to get some veteran leadership on this squad.

The key to this squad has to be Ronnie Brown. Brown started the season strong and had 600 yards and four touchdowns in his first seven games. However, a knee injury ended Brown's season. If Brown can stay healthy, he will make a big impact for the Dolphins in 2008.

The Dolphins open up the regular season at home when they face division foe, the New York Favre's, I mean Jets.

At home, the Dolphins will face San Diego, Oakland and Seattle. On the road, the Dolphins will face Arizona, Houston and Kansas City.

Time for those burnin' questions (yearbook style):
  • The starter at quarterback for Dolphins for beginning and end of season: Chad Pennington

  • More likely to see action on field, Beck or Henne: Chad Henne (Sorry John)

  • More likely to see action off field, Beck or Henne: Oh haha!

  • Rushing yards for Ronnie Brown: 1100

  • Random Jeff Ireland Fun Fact: Field goal kicker at Baylor. In game against Rice, made 58 yard field goal, but missed from 43, 45 and 27, which led to Baylor losing the game. (Source: The Wiki)

  • Best moment in Dolphins history: Ace Ventura beating up the Philadelphia Eagles mascot at the Dolphins game.

  • One word to describe Dolphins defense without Jason Taylor and Zack Thomas: Screwed

  • Coolest names (Top 3): Reagan Mauia, Samson Satele, Ikechuku Ndukwe

  • 80s song to best describe team: Right Here Waiting- Richard Marx

  • In 2008, the Dolphins will: Go 6-10, finish in last place

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