If this team is going to be serious contenders on a yearly basis, they're going to need to be consistent on a yearly basis. In order to make that possible we must have stability at important positions. Well If this team didn't have enough question marks already, here's a few things that can become questionable very quick.
The center position on this team is crucial for 2 reasons,Vince Wilfork and Kris Jenkins. When you have to face elite nose tackles such as these twice a year, you need a center that can hold his own ground. The Dolphins thought they solved this issue when they signed Jake Grove to a five-year, $29 million contract (14.5 million guaranteed). Now Grove would be the answer at center, if there weren't so many questions about his health. And at 30 years of age the future isn't bright for Grove in a Dolphins uniform. Whether it was an ankle, knee, or most recently a bone bruise the skepticism surrounding this signing proved to be true. The fact that he's been splitting time with Joe Berger tells you how much of a mistake this really was. With all due respect to Berger he is a good back-up but nothing more.
We seem to have a set starter at the tight end position with Anthony Fasano. Fasano looks to be back in 08' form and the addition of Marshall will only enhance his play. Now the depth on the other hand is suspect. This became evident when the front office signed David Martin of the street. After having knee surgery, being cut by the Dolphins, and spending a year away from football he's back. If Martin can return to 08' form as well then we should be completely stable at tight end for at least this year. Now Martin is also 31 years old, so chances are he won't be on the squad beyond this year. With that being said the young depth at tight end don't looking very promising. In 8 starts Haynos accumulated 7 receptions for 54 yards and 1 TD. John Nalbone has yet to do anything significant in preseason play, and Kory Sperry has recently been released. So behind Fasano and Martin the depth is very unimpressive. But the recent injury to Haynos should give Nalbone some more opportunities to prove himself.
We all know the running game is the strength of this football team. We also know that the running game runs through Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. Ronnie has had his fair share of injuries and it's caused him to miss a lot of games. For that same reason, the front office is hesitant to commit long-term to him. So add that with the fact he's turning 29 this year and that equals a cloudy future for Brown in Miami. Even though Ricky has been drinking water from the fountain of youth, we must remember he's 33 years of age. Don't get me wrong Ricky still has plenty left in the tank but he can't carry a load anymore. That was evident when Ronnie went down last year. Patrick Cobbs is a good player but he's not a player you build a run game around (same goes for Lex Hilliard).
Another dimension to this picture is the wildcat. I don't know what it is, but no one runs the wildcat better than Ronnie. He's tremendous when it comes to running between the tackles. Take Ronnie out the equation, and I don't see the wildcat as much of a threat anymore. For this reason I think we should keep Ronnie around, but that doesn't mean we can't still add a young feature back as well. I know some people are opposed to running the wildcat because they say it hurts Henne's development. But if other teams (especially the Jets) can't stop it why should we?