Yahoo! Sports' Russell S. Baxter took a look at the nine AFC teams with a losing 2012 record, trying to determine who could rebound from their losing record into a playoff contender in 2013. The Miami Dolphins, who finished last season 7-9, are included in that group. While Baxter doesn't actually indicate which team is the most likely to make the turn around, he does give reasons for each of the teams.
For the Dolphins, Baxter writes:
Arguably the league's most aggressive franchise this offseason, the team brought in wide receiver Mike Wallace and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and moved up in the draft to take defensive end Dion Jordan. The 'Fins really bear watching.
Besides Wallace and Ellerbe, the Dolphins also added Philip Wheeler, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller, Brent Grimes, Lance Louis, Vaugh Martin, and Tyson Clabo through their "aggressive" free agency signings. Along with Jordan, the team also added pieces such as cornerback Jamar Taylor, blocking tight end Dion Sims, linebacker Jelani Jenkins, and running back Mike Gillislee during the draft.
Is it enough for Miami to get back into playoff contention after a decade with only one post season appearance? Only the season will tell. But, Baxter seems to think the Dolphins are a team that could make the turnaround this year.