Miami Dolphins Breakdown

Are you looking for work? Do have a good work ethic and professional demeanor? Can you catch?  If so please report to the Miami Dolphins training facility A.S.A.P.  The Dolphins are down there second number 1 receiver this off season.  After trading away Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears for a pair of third round draft picks, the Dolphins believed that Chad Ochocinco was going to be the perfect replacement (their logic eludes).  Chad on the other hand had different ideas, first he changed his name back to Johnson (a nice surprise), and then he returned to his “Kiss The Baby” ways. 

Coach, Joe Philbin, had to pull Chad Johnson aside early in training camp to discuss his use of profanity and after the first episode of HBO’s Hard Knocks it was obvious that Philbin was not a Johnson fan.  Saturday, August 11th, gave Philbin the out (I believe) he was looking for.  When Johnson was arrested for domestic abuse, Philbin and a quick and easy solution to his Chad Johnson problem, and thus 85 was 86’d.

That left the Dolphins with very little in the way of receiver help.  Their best options are Devon Bess, Brian Hartline, and Legedu Naanee, neither of which have looked good in camp.  The quarterback play is going to be critical, and through the first week of preseason its 6/5 and pick up for who will be the starter.  The smart money goes to Matt Moore, who looked good late last season and showed an ability to get the ball to both Hartline and Bess.  Having said that Philbin brought in Ryan Tannehill for a reason, and many experts are predicting him playing sooner rather than later. 

The running game showed promise last year as Reggie Bush had his most productive all-around season as a pro.  The early season injury last year to Daniel Thomas slowed his progression but as he got healthy he was able to carry some of the load again.  Third string running back Steve Slaton is also a threat to steal carries if he can return to his Houston Texans form.  The offensive line is probably the only real strength of the team, Jake Long and Artis Hicks make for a great pair of tackles and the G-C-G combo were able to open up good holes at the end of last year.  The question will be can the line hold up in passing situations, if they can’t the entire Dolphins season relies on 5 yard gains on first down, and Miami is not doing that regularly enough to win.

Fantasy Football Impact:

Speculation abounds that Plaxico Burress is the best fit in Miami, but I don’t see Philbin going from malcontent to malcontent, after all, he’as not Pete Carroll.  That leaves the current group of pass catchers to consider for Fantasy Football.  Done Considering, pass.  Reggie Bush should be drafted in all leagues and formats, 5th-6th round in PPR leagues 8th-10th in standard scoring leagues.  Daniel Thomas may be a decent handcuff if you draft Bush, try and scoop him up late 14th round late, he has been sitting on waivers through out mock drafts across the Internet.  Tannehill will be legit, it will take 2 to 3 years, but he has the foot work, arm strength and decision making skills to be successful in this league, but not Fantasy threat, there are too many other options at quarterback to waste your time in Miami.  The Defense is a solid unit, but are removed from consideration because of the poor pathetic offense, I see too many points hitting the opponents board coming from Dolphin QB’s (lots of picks and fumbled snaps).

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