Today is the 366th and final day of 2016, so why not use this chance to go back to look through all of the stories we have written this year and find our most popular ones from throughout 2016? That’s what we do today.
Our top ten most popular posts are dominated by posts about start times, and it is not related to just Dolphins games, but other preseason games, the Pro Bowl, and the Draft. Apparently, we have become your go-to place to get information on when things start. That is probably a good thing, in terms of you guys know you can come here to find the information you need to watch whatever big events are coming up.
Our traffic comes from our regulars coming and checking out our updates, the Google searches that find their way to us, our Facebook page, and our Twitter account. Basically, anyway you want it, that’s the way you can get our coverage.
Here are our top ten posts for the year:
2016 NFL Pro Bowl Game Time - January
Yep, our top trafficked post this year was what time the Pro Bowl started last year. But, it gets more interesting as we go through our list.
Now we are into preseason games and their start times.
Yeah, more preseason, but not Dolphins related.
Football 101: Defensive line gap techniques - March (2014)
This is actually a post from 2014, but it is always a popular one that gets picked up in Google searches. We have done several “Football 101” posts over the last few years, but this one is always one of the most popular posts each year.
This post was published the morning of the second day of the three-day NFL Draft. Clearly, a lot of people wanted to make sure they knew when the second round of the Draft started, so I guess this ranking high makes a lot of sense.
Our first Dolphins specific article comes in at the sixth position. Tracking the undrafted free agents is always a popular post each year, and it is hard to burn through rumors to find out who the team is actually signing. Then, add in undrafted free agents who agree to terms with one team, but then get a better offer somewhere else and decide to sign there, and undrafted free agency is so much fun.
Back in May, NFL.com called the Dolphins’ running back situation a mess because they were heading into the 2016 season with Jay Ajayi and Kenyan Drake as their top two running backs. Elliot Harrison and Maurice Jones-Drew did not like the idea of Miami relying on on Ajayi who “gets banged up” and Drake who is “like Humpty Dumpty, you know, he had a great fall and you have to put him back together again.” Does not seem such a mess now, does it?
Any Dion Jordan story always creates discussion, and this one was no different. Since this article back in April, the Dolphins have seen Jordan get reinstated, but spend the season on the Non-Football Injury list and not play a down. Will he be back in 2017? That might be part five of the series.
Predicting who Miami could target in this Draft proved to be an exercise in futility when the Laremy Tunsil Draft-day drama happened, but at this point in January, Vernon Hargreaves, Shaq Lawson, and Ronnie Stanley were all on the list.
At least this game time article is about the Dolphins. Miami played the Bengals in Week 4 on Thursday Night Football. It was an odd TNF broadcast, as it was one of the few this year that was strictly on NFL Network, and not on CBS or NBC. Miami wore their orange color rush jerseys, while the Bengals were in an all-white look.
Since there were so many non-Dolphins related articles in the top ten, here are the next stories in our popularity for this year that would round out a “Dolphins only” listing:
Dolphins release five players - April