After a rough several years, the Miami Dolphins are ready to bring a winning culture back to South Florida. They began by hiring a new head coach in Adam Gase who was previously the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. Miami is hoping his success with both Peyton Manning and Jay Cutler will translate to their young talented quarterback Ryan Tannehill. Surrounding Tannehill is a cast of talented pass catchers including Jarvis Landry, Devante Parker and tight end Jordan Cameron. Two rookie wideouts Leonte Caroo and Jakeem Grant were drafted by the Dolphins to add some depth at the position in rounds three and six, respectively. Gone is running back Lamar Miller who fled for the Houston Texans during free agency, giving the starting role in the backfield to Jay Ajayi. Miami also added another running back during round three of the draft, Kenyan Drake from Alabama who could be a change of pace guy or contribute on special teams. In an attempt to provide more protection for Tannehill this season, the Dolphins drafted offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil who was originally projected as the number one pick overall, but fell to them at pick 13 due to a strange video leak. Miami’s defense received a revamp this offseason via free agency. They signed defensive end Mario Williams to a two-year deal worth $17 million and pulled off a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles for cornerback Byron Maxwell and linebacker Kiko Alonso in exchange for swapping first round picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. The Dolphins cut three-time pro bowler Brent Grimes, a move that shed $8 million in salary and rid the franchise of his wife’s constant distractions. Miami’s second-round pick, Xavien Howard,
a cornerback from Baylor will most likely see the field right away opposite Maxwell in the secondary.
Exciting things are on the horizon for the Miami Dolphins. Fans who were used to this team’s success in the 70’s and 80’s are longing for another Super Bowl title for South Florida. With a new regime at the helm, things are looking up. Be sure to purchase your Miami Dolphins tickets for the 2016 season so that you don’t miss all the exciting on-field action.