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Dolphins 2016 Better, Worse, or Same results

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Over the past few weeks, we have asked you to vote on whether the Miami Dolphins, position by position, are better, worse, or the same in 2016 as they were in 2015. We took a look at the current roster, analyzed the changes and the status of the players on the roster, then I gave my thoughts on where the Dolphins fit in those three categories. After that, we asked you to vote on your thoughts for each position.

But, what were the results of those votes? We break it down below, comparing my thoughts with your votes, and include the percentage of the vote the winning category received.

Remember, the idea for the look at each of these position groups was to determine if the roster itself is better, worse, or the same. The idea was not whether or not Adam Gase’s new offensive system will make the running backs better, but whether Jay Ajayi, Kenyan Drake, and Damien Williams is a better group than Lamar Miller, Ajayi, and Williams were last year. (Note: The running backs were conducted before the addition of Arian Foster.)

What do fans think of Miami’s roster this year? Let’s take a look:

Quarterbacks
Kevin: Same
Fan vote: Better (55%)

Running backs
Kevin: Worse
Fan vote: Worse (54%)

Tight ends
Kevin: Same
Fan vote: Same (50%)

Wide receivers
Kevin: Better
Fan vote: Better (92%)

Offensive line
Kevin: Better
Fan vote: Better (93%)

Defensive ends
Kevin: Same
Fan vote: Better (69%)

Defensive tackles
Kevin: Same
Fan vote: Better (55%)

Linebackers
Kevin: Better
Fan vote: Better (85%)

Cornerbacks
Kevin: Same
Fan vote: Better (59%)

Safeties
Kevin: Better
Fan vote: Better (Based on comments. Poll errored and only showed up for some people.)

Special Teams
Kevin: Same
Fan vote: Same (54%)

Conclusion

Kevin: 4 better, 1 worse, 6 same
Fan vote: 8 better, 1 worse, 2 same

The fan vote was more optimistic about the state of the roster than I was, and really liked the improvement in the wide receivers and offensive line, with over 90% of the vote going to better in each of those two position groups. The fans clearly think the Dolphins are a better team in 2016 than they were in 2015. I think they are slightly better, trending in the right direction. Of course, it will all come together as training camp starts next week and we get into the regular season, and then we will get a chance to see just how much better this team really is this year.