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by Adam Schein
In the preseason I picked the Dolphins as a playoff team. I loved the new defensive coordinator, the top two draft picks, the free agent signings, the Brandon Marshall trade, the head coach, and the potential development at quarterback.
Miami is 4-3 heading into a showdown with the Ravens. And frankly the Dolphins have more questions than answers.
What a bizarre season for them.
They are a perfect 4-0 on the road. The Dolphins haven’t won at home. They were certainly a bit lucky on Sunday, not that anyone is asking them to give back the game against the Bengals. As we wrote last week, Miami was robbed by the refs against Pittsburgh, and that game looms very large for the playoff picture. Special teams cost Miami against the Patriots, and cost a coach his job. They were fantastic on defense against the Vikings in Week 2, but maybe now you wonder how good of a win that actually was.
Miami’s red zone offense is horrible. Ronnie Brown is stuck in the mud and Ricky Williams is, in my opinion, a better option to run the ball. Chad Henne has put together an up and down season and hasn’t taken that jump that I anticipated. Brandon Marshall isn’t getting the ball enough. And you have major problems when your big threat to put points on the board is a kicker in Dan Carpenter, who was the entire offense against Cincy and Pittsburgh.
Mike Nolan has done a nice job with this defense. Cameron Wake is a stud. But I’m still waiting for the Dolphins to have a game-changing defense.
Look at Miami’s schedule the rest of the way. Look at the competition. There are very few guarantees for Miami.
But here’s the good news. The Jets lost. So did Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Houston.
The Dolphins are still in the thick of things if they can actually put it together. I still love the upside But studying the first half, why should I be convinced they are ready?