Actually I think the key to Miami is what kind of defense shows up this year.
This is spot on. The offense is about as loaded as it has ever been. The OL is deep and talented. The RB pool is deep and talented. The WR pool is no longer a weakness and if Marshall lives up to his last two seasons will be a strength. Henne will only get better with time...finished with several 300yd games to end the season. If we can keep the Pat White Package bottled up for a season the regular offense might make some serious noise.
The defense has some huge questions right now. Moving your best DE to NT might make both positions worse. That remains to be seen. The OLB position might get after the passer if we project Misi and Wake to start you're going to have a couple of undersized OLB's trying to set the edge. The safety position is in transition. If no one steps up, what do you do? You've got a host of guys that can break out of the pack but will they? CB appears to be the outright strength of this unit right now and their both second year players. I like the fact that the unit is young but with that will come growing pains that will hurt early on.
I'll say this about the defense:
I don't worry about the defensive ends (Langford, Merling, Odrick [Starks was amazing here]).
I don't worry about CB with Davis, Smith and Allen
I don't worry about ILB with Dansby, Crowder and Dobbins
I don't worry about SS with Bell holding down the fort
OLB: I don't if I should or should not worry here. Pass rush is cake for this crew. Run D, well... time will tell.
I WORRY about NT, Starks is out of position. He is a beast DE, best we got imo.
I WORRY about FS... don't really have a name to throw in here.
Two most important jobs from my perspective in a 3-4 (considering our division): NT and FS. Those are the question marks, and they are make or break each. If they make, we make. If the break, we broke! Split em, and we split our record.