This was posted about the Fins by Jeff Darlington in July:
When the Dolphins’ new coaching staff took over, they immediately made sure three words were painted in huge letters on the main wall in the team’s general meeting room: Smart. Tough. Disciplined.
Nowhere in the room, though, does it say anything about finesse, grace or elegance. Nobody should expect as much from the Dolphins’ offense. This instead will be a hard-nosed unit that relies on powerful running backs, brutal fullbacks and a one-play-at-a-time battling mindset in the trenches.
The running backs are likely to be the strength of this team. Miami is likely to utilize that strength as often as possible.
Despite the general belief that Miami will operate in the same 3-4 scheme used by the Cowboys during the current regime’s previous stint in Dallas, Sparano has left open the possibility of running a 4-3.
The decision will likely be based on personnel evaluations during training camp, because most of the team’s talent (like defensive end Jason Taylor) may be more suited to a four-man front. Defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni has a history with both schemes, and it’s clear he’s capable of installing either.
The Dolphins still don’t have the talent to be a playoff contender. But at least they have hope. And optimism. And promise.
That’s certainly more than they had at the end of last season. At that point, all they had was one win.
SN prediction: 3-13, fourth in AFC East.
This was pretty much the prevailing opinion at the start of training camp, throughout the league, regarding our team. LOOK HOW FAR WE HAVE ALREADY COME!!! How awesome is that!?