Marshall Faulk (@marshallfaulk) December 24, 2014
Our final question from Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk for his GMC Playbook series, is in, and he starts us looking toward 2015. The Miami Dolphins did not finish the season strong enough to make the playoffs, missing out on the postseason tournament for the sixth consecutive season. Faulk wants to know, if the Dolphins were not Professional Grade this year, what do they have to do next year to make the leap?
The Dolphins have a lot of the right pieces in place, but need some help still. The run defense seemed to fall apart as the season moved into the final quarter of games. The Dolphins have to tighten up that portion of the game and should be considering finding a big defensive tackle to clog up the middle, something Randy Starks, Earl Mitchell, and Jared Odrick struggled to do at times.
The team also needs to find a big bodied wide receiver or tight end, something the offense clearly was missing this year. Mike Wallace gives the Dolphins a speed option, while Jarvis Landry is quickly becoming the possession type of receiver across the middle, converting first downs and being a sure-handed option for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The teams needs to add the big receiver who will go up and fight for a ball in the endzone.
Obviously, the team still needs to work on tuning up the offensive line, especially adding depth to the unit that saw five new starters start the year, and now has a rookie right tackle playing left tackle, a Pro Bowl center playing right guard, and is rotating through right tackles trying to find a way to keep Tannehill upright and open running lanes.
What are your thoughts? What do the Dolphins have to do in 2015 to become #ProfessionalGrade?