[The following is the third in a short series of related posts in which I ask the Phinsider community to share its thoughts on the potential 2010 production of key members of the Miami Dolphins]
Part I: Chad Henne / Part II: Ricky & Ronnie
For seemingly years, the biggest knock on the Dolphins' offense has been their sometimes painfully apparent lack of a true, go-to #1 wide receiver. Over the past decade sports pundits have endlessly surmised as to who would fill this role in the Miami passing attack. Oronde Gadsden has the size, but can he put it all together? Chris Chambers makes some spectacular plays, but can he take the next step? Ted Ginn has the burning speed, but can he handle the role? Now, with the acquisition of disgruntled Broncos' wide out, Brandon Marshall, it would appear that South Florida has finally found their man.
Yes, the man who holds the records for most receptions in a single game, and is one of only five players in NFL history to put together back-to-back-to-back 100 catch seasons is now running his routes in aqua and coral. Does he come with what some would consider "serious baggage"? Yes, but this should obviously mean some serious changes for the Miami offense. But what exactly should we expect from a statistical standpoint? Will Marshall continue putting up his Pro Bowl-type numbers catching passes from Chad Henne? Before attempting to make any predictions, let's take a moment to consider some pressing factors:
- How will Brandon mesh on the field with his new quarterback and fellow receivers?
- Will Dan Henning utilize Marshall to the extent we saw in Denver, or will Miami continue with a more balanced offensive approach?
- Is Brandon destined to become the Dolphins' go-to guy deep in the red zone?
- Can Brandon stay out of trouble and avoid a lengthy suspension by the commissioner?
Obviously, not one person here can give a 100%, definitive answer on any of these important questions, but there are certainly opinions abound. Thus, I present to you a number of what I consider to be reasonable over/under polls to ponder for the upcoming season. I hope you enjoy, and I look forward to reading your expanded thoughts and justifications in the comments!
1. Over/Under: 100 receptions [Over 65%/Under 35%]
2. Over/Under: 1,200 yards receiving [Over 70%/Under 30%]
3. Over/Under: 10 touchdowns [Over 70%/Under 30%]
4. Over/Under: 0.5 games missed due to suspension [Under 95%/Over 5%]
*Note: The SB Nation programming does not allow multiple poll questions in FanPosts at this time, so I'm using a third party site. Once/if there is a fair number of votes I plan on updating this post so that readers can view current results without opening up all sorts of new windows