Miami Dolphins Team Stats 2019 Miami Dolphins Stats

5-11, 4th AFC East

@ NE

6:00 pm GMT, 12/29

All of a sudden, the quarterback landscape looks totally different in Miami. Not only did the Dolphins acquire veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason, but they were also able to grab Josh Rosen in a trade with the Cardinals on the second day of the NFL draft. Up until now, it’s not clear who will get the starting gig. It could go either way, though many analysts are leaning towards Rosen being given the first chance. Usually competition amongst teammates brings out the best in players, and I don’t foresee this situation being any different. That being said, I don’t think either QB will have much success with the offense surrounding them. Kenyan Drake and Kalen Ballage make up the first two strings in the backfield. Drake finished 34th in the NFL last year with 534 yards, averaging 4.5 yards per carry, although Frank Gore was ahead of him at RB1. Kalen Ballage averaged 5.3 yards per carry on 36 attempts for the Dolphins in 2018. Albert Wilson, DeVante Parker, and Kenny Stills make up the first line of wide receivers. There’s some talent there, but even Kenny Stills, the WR with the best numbers on the Dolphins last year, only put up 553 total receiving yards on the season making him 80th in the NFL. Dwayne Allen will line up at TE. On the defensive side of things, Xavien Howard is the name to watch out at CB.

Home Record: 3-5 Away Record: 2-6 Conference Record: 4-8 Division Record: 2-4
Bye Week: 5 Head Coach: Brian Flores Offensive Coordinator: Chan Gailey Defensive Coordinator: Josh Boyer
Special Teams: Danny Crossman Owner: Stephen M. Ross Stadium: Hard Rock Stadium Surface: Grass
City: Miami Offensive Scheme: 3WR Defensive Alignment: 4-3

Dolphins Team Stats

Team Ratings Offense Stats Defense Stats
Overall Offense Defense SP Teams FPTS Off Plays TOP PTS YDS Pass Yds Pass TD Rush Yds Rush TD RZ TD OV TD PTS Allow YDS Allow Pass Yds Allow Pass TD Allow Rush Yds Allow Rush TD Allow RZ TD Allow OV TD Allow TOP Allow
70
70
70
73
978
1022
29:55
306
4960
3804
22
1156
10
27
34
494
6364
4198
39
2166
15
37
57
32:42

Dolphins Team Rankings

Team Rankings Offense Rankings Defense Rankings
Overall Offense Defense SP Teams FPTS Off Plays TOP PTS YDS Pass Yds Pass TD Rush Yds Rush TD RZ TD OV TD PTS Allow YDS Allow Pass Yds Allow Pass TD Allow Rush Yds Allow Rush TD Allow RZ TD Allow OV TD Allow TOP Allow
30
25
32
1
26
11
20
25
27
12
19
32
24
20
25
32
30
26
32
27
21
29
32
29

Dolphins Team Offensive Stats

Opponent Vegas Total Offense Rushing Offense Passing Offense Redzone Turnovers Penalties
Wk TEAM DEF RNK Spread ML O/U TOP PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS PLAYS YDS YDS/PLAY ATT YDS YDS/ATT TD ATT YDS/ATT COMP YDS/COMP YDS TD RZ ATT RZ TD RZ % TOV INT FUML PEN YDS
1 BAL
13
7 255 41 19:53 10 0 10 0 0 47 200 4.3 12 21 1.8 0 32 5.6 15 11.9 179 1 1 1 100% 3 2 1 9 64
2 NE
16
18 850 48.5 23:30 0 0 0 0 0 61 184 3 15 42 2.8 0 39 3.6 18 7.9 142 0 1 0 0% 4 4 0 4 22
3 DAL
15
22 1328 47 29:40 6 3 3 0 0 68 283 4.2 24 72 3 0 41 5.1 20 10.6 211 0 3 0 0% 1 0 1 5 35
4 LAC
13
14.5 604 44.5 22:24 10 7 3 0 0 47 233 5 18 72 4 0 24 6.7 17 9.5 161 1 1 0 0% 1 1 0 5 53
6 WAS
10
5 201 42 32:39 16 0 3 0 13 69 271 3.9 21 84 4 1 43 4.3 27 6.9 187 1 2 2 100% 2 2 0 5 45
7 BUF
6
17 802 42 33:31 21 0 14 0 7 66 381 5.8 30 109 3.6 2 35 7.8 23 11.8 272 1 4 3 75% 2 1 1 6 55
8 PIT
12
13.5 527 43.5 24:42 14 14 0 0 0 57 230 4 19 60 3.2 0 34 5 21 8.1 170 2 2 2 100% 4 2 2 5 45
9 NYJ
4
3.5 153 42.5 31:14 26 0 21 3 2 64 316 4.9 24 50 2.1 0 36 7.4 24 11.1 266 3 4 3 75% 0 0 0 6 51
10 IND
10
11 422 44 31:28 16 3 7 0 6 62 229 3.7 26 70 2.7 1 33 4.8 21 7.6 159 0 2 1 50% 2 1 1 4 30
11 BUF
8
7 274 41.5 29:51 20 0 14 0 6 65 303 4.7 13 23 1.8 2 45 6.2 32 8.8 280 0 3 2 66.7% 1 0 1 6 44
12 CLE
5
11 401 46 23:54 24 0 3 14 7 63 284 4.5 20 92 4.6 1 39 4.9 21 9.1 192 2 4 3 75% 2 2 0 8 94
13 PHI
2
10.5 391 45 31:18 37 7 7 12 11 63 409 6.5 20 58 2.9 1 40 8.8 28 12.5 351 4 4 4 100% 1 1 0 7 59
14 NYJ
6
5 185 47 30:60 21 3 6 3 9 65 362 5.6 26 122 4.7 0 37 6.5 21 11.4 240 0 6 0 0% 1 1 0 5 48
15 NYG
8
3.5 154 46.5 28:53 20 0 10 3 7 69 384 5.6 25 122 4.9 0 41 6.4 23 11.4 262 2 2 0 0% 1 0 1 7 42
16 CIN
1
1.5 111 45.5 36:24 38 14 7 7 7 88 502 5.7 34 96 2.8 1 52 7.8 31 13.1 406 4 5 4 80% 1 1 0 6 47
17 NE
3
17 831 45 33:51 27 3 7 7 10 68 389 5.7 22 63 2.9 1 44 7.4 29 11.2 326 1 4 2 50% 0 0 0 4 35

Dolphins Team Defensive Stats

Opponent Total Offense Allowed Rushing Allowed Passing Allowed Redzone Allowed Opp Turnovers Opp Penalties
Wk TEAM OFF RNK TOF PTS Q1 PTS Q2 PTS Q3 PTS Q4 PTS PLAYS YDS YDS/PLAY ATT YDS YDS/ATT TD ATT YDS/ATT COMP YDS/COMP YDS TD ATT TD % TOV INT FUML PEN YDS
1 BAL
1
40:70 59 21 21 10 7 73 643 8.8 46 265 5.8 2 26 14.5 23 16.4 378 6 7 5 71.4% 0 0 0 4 40
2 NE
2
36:30 43 7 6 10 20 65 379 5.8 35 124 3.5 2 28 9.1 20 12.8 255 2 4 3 75% 1 0 1 5 54
3 DAL
7
30:56 31 10 0 14 7 67 476 7.1 34 235 6.9 2 32 7.5 19 12.7 241 2 5 4 80% 1 1 0 8 100
4 LAC
10
37:36 30 10 7 3 10 65 390 6 33 79 2.4 1 31 10 25 12.4 311 2 4 3 75% 0 0 0 10 89
6 WAS
15
27:21 17 0 7 10 0 58 311 5.4 33 145 4.4 0 25 6.6 13 12.8 166 2 1 0 0% 0 0 0 6 56
7 BUF
7
26:29 31 6 3 0 22 51 305 6 23 117 5.1 0 26 7.2 16 11.8 188 2 2 1 50% 0 0 0 9 83
8 PIT
11
35:18 27 0 10 7 10 67 394 5.9 29 158 5.4 1 36 6.6 20 11.8 236 2 2 1 50% 1 1 0 9 70
9 NYJ
14
28:46 18 7 5 3 3 63 321 5.1 21 83 4 0 39 6.1 27 8.8 238 1 3 1 33.3% 1 1 0 10 105
10 IND
16
28:32 12 0 0 6 6 69 300 4.3 29 109 3.8 0 39 4.9 18 10.6 191 1 5 1 20% 3 3 0 3 25
11 BUF
4
30:90 37 6 17 7 7 67 424 6.3 34 168 4.9 1 33 7.8 21 12.2 256 3 4 2 50% 0 0 0 5 50
12 CLE
3
36:60 41 14 14 0 13 67 467 7 32 147 4.6 2 34 9.4 24 13.3 320 3 5 4 80% 1 1 0 7 70
13 PHI
7
28:42 31 10 11 7 3 67 386 5.8 19 92 4.8 0 46 6.4 28 10.5 294 3 4 3 75% 1 1 0 10 91
14 NYJ
13
29:54 22 0 16 0 6 69 374 5.4 32 112 3.5 0 36 7.3 20 13.1 262 2 3 1 33.3% 1 1 0 5 88
15 NYG
5
31:70 36 0 7 16 13 63 412 6.5 33 138 4.2 3 29 9.4 21 13 274 2 4 4 100% 3 3 0 4 32
16 CIN
6
33:36 35 0 6 6 23 85 430 5.1 25 59 2.4 0 56 6.6 33 11.2 371 4 3 2 66.7% 1 0 1 10 77
17 NE
12
26:90 24 0 10 7 7 57 352 6.2 27 135 5 1 29 7.5 16 13.6 217 2 3 2 66.7% 2 1 1 6 54

Dolphins Special Teams Stats

Opponent Special Teams Special Teams Allowed
Wk TEAM FGM FGA XPM XPA PUNT RET PUNT RET YDS KICK RET KICK RET YDS OPP FGM OPP FGA OPP XPM OPP XPA OPP PUNT RET OPP PUNT RET YDS OPP KICK RET OPP KICK RET YDS
1 BAL 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 59 1 1 8 8 2 29 1 9
2 NE 0 0 0 0 2 5 1 39 1 2 4 6 3 9 0 0
3 DAL 2 3 0 0 2 1 1 26 1 2 4 4 1 13 0 0
4 LAC 1 3 1 1 0 0 5 112 3 3 3 3 1 1 1 12
6 WAS 1 1 1 1 4 42 1 15 1 2 2 2 2 14 1 21
7 BUF 0 0 3 3 1 19 1 12 3 3 2 2 3 22 1 45
8 PIT 0 0 2 2 3 35 4 83 2 3 3 3 1 2 1 25
9 NYJ 1 2 3 3 2 19 4 50 3 4 1 1 0 0 2 103
10 IND 3 3 1 1 2 16 0 0 2 2 0 1 3 38 0 0
11 BUF 0 0 2 2 0 0 5 198 3 3 4 4 3 21 1 44
12 CLE 1 1 3 3 1 0 4 82 2 3 5 5 3 10 2 20
13 PHI 1 1 2 3 2 0 1 6 3 4 2 2 0 0 0 0
14 NYJ 7 8 0 0 1 7 1 13 3 3 1 2 1 12 4 90
15 NYG 2 3 2 2 0 0 2 55 0 0 4 5 1 9 3 83
16 CIN 1 2 5 5 4 26 2 28 2 2 1 1 4 42 2 50
17 NE 2 2 3 3 2 7 1 18 1 1 3 3 1 7 1 38

Dolphins Team Leaders

Passing
ATT: 502
COMP: 311
YDS: 3,529
TD: 20
Receiving
TGT: 128
REC: 72
YDS: 1,202
TD: 9
Tackles
TCKL: 127
SOLO: 77
AST: 50
SCK: 1.5
Interceptions
INT: 2
INT/YDS: 53
PDEF: 3
PDEF/G: 0.33
Field Goals
FGA: 30
FGM: 23
FG%: 76.7%
XPM: 29

Dolphins Quarterback Stats

Player Passing Turnovers Snaps Sacks
Name RTG GP PASS RTG ATT ATT/G COMP COMP/G COMP % Yds/Att Yds/COMP YDS YPG 300+ Long TDs TDs/G INT INT/G FUM FUML # off % # #/G YDS
Ryan Fitzpatrick
74
15 80.6 502 33.5 311 20.73 62% 7 11.3 3,529 235.27 4 51 20 1.33 13 0.87 9 2 885 82% 40 2.67 209
Josh Rosen
79
6 13.8 109 18.2 58 9.67 53.2% 5.2 9.8 567 94.5 0 40 1 0.17 5 0.83 1 0 200 18% 16 2.67 93

Dolphins Running Back Stats

Player Rushing Receiving Totals (Rush + Rec) Snaps Turnovers
Name RTG GP ATT ATT/G YDS/ATT YDS YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G TGTS TGTS/G REC RPG YDS YPR YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G TCH TCH % YDS YPG ATT/G + TGT/G # Off % FUM FUML
Mark Walton
68
7 53 7.57 3.8 201 28.71 19 0 0 0 21 3 15 2.14 89 5.9 12.71 18 0 0 0 68 7% 290 41.43 10.57 200 39% 1 1
Patrick Laird
76
15 62 4.13 2.7 168 11.2 18 0 1 0.07 30 2 23 1.53 204 8.9 13.6 21 0 0 0 85 9% 372 24.8 6.13 292 27% 0 0
Kalen Ballage
72
12 74 6.17 1.8 135 11.25 8 0 3 0.25 24 2 14 1.17 63 4.5 5.25 13 0 0 0 88 9% 198 16.5 8.17 256 33% 0 0
Myles Gaskin
72
7 36 5.14 3.7 133 19 27 0 1 0.14 12 1.71 7 1 51 7.3 7.29 20 0 0 0 43 4% 184 26.29 6.86 125 12% 0 0
Samaje Perine
72
7 5 0.71 3.2 16 2.29 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1% 16 2.29 0.71 11 2% 0 0
De'Lance Turner
69
8 4 0.5 1.5 6 0.75 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0% 6 0.75 0.5 5 1% 0 0
Zach Zenner
75
5 3 0.6 -0.7 -2 -0.4 1 0 0 0 3 0.6 2 0.4 19 9.5 3.8 13 0 0 0 5 1% 17 3.4 1.2 28 6% 0 0

Dolphins Wide Receiver Stats

Player Receiving Totals (Rec + Rush) Snaps Turnovers
Name RTG GP TM Pass TGTS TGT % TGTS/G Rec Rec % RPG Yds YPR YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G TCH TCH % ATT/G + TGT/G YDS YPG # Off % FUM FUML
Devante Parker
80
16 615 128 20.8% 8 72 56% 4.5 1,202 16.7 75.12 51 4 9 0.56 72 7% 8 1,202 75.12 914 84% 0 0
Preston Williams
72
8 615 60 9.8% 7.5 32 53% 4 428 13.4 53.5 35 0 3 0.38 32 3% 7.5 428 53.5 412 80% 2 1
Allen Hurns
74
14 615 48 7.8% 3.43 32 67% 2.29 416 13 29.71 27 0 2 0.14 32 3% 3.43 416 29.71 527 49% 1 1
Albert Wilson
77
13 615 62 10.1% 4.77 43 69% 3.31 351 8.2 27 35 0 1 0.08 48 5% 5.15 396 30.46 441 41% 0 0
Isaiah Ford
68
8 615 35 5.7% 4.38 23 66% 2.88 244 10.6 30.5 28 0 0 0 24 2% 4.5 255 31.88 224 35% 0 0
Jakeem Grant
74
10 615 32 5.2% 3.2 19 59% 1.9 164 8.6 16.4 18 0 0 0 23 2% 3.6 169 16.9 219 26% 2 1
Mack Hollins
69
16 615 23 3.7% 1.44 10 43% 0.62 125 12.5 7.81 20 0 0 0 10 1% 1.44 125 7.81 419 36% 0 0
Trevor Davis
66
14 615 11 1.8% 0.79 8 73% 0.57 111 13.9 7.93 28 0 0 0 12 1% 1.07 184 13.14 210 19% 3 2
Gary Jennings Jr.
74
1 615 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0% 0 0 0 1 0% 0 0

Dolphins Tight End Stats

Player Receiving Snaps Turnovers
Name RTG GP TM Pass TGTS TGT % TGTS/G Rec Rec % RPG Yds YPR YPG Long 100+ TD TD/G # Off % FUM FUML
Mike Gesicki
74
16 615 89 14.5% 5.56 51 57% 3.19 570 11.2 35.62 34 0 5 0.31 705 65% 1 1
Durham Smythe
69
16 615 14 2.3% 0.88 7 50% 0.44 65 9.3 4.06 24 0 0 0 485 45% 0 0
Clive Walford
74
7 615 8 1.3% 1.14 4 50% 0.57 57 14.2 8.14 19 0 0 0 114 18% 0 0

Dolphins Field Goal Kicker Stats

Dolphins Defensive Player Stats

Player Tackles Sacks Fumbles Interceptions Snaps
Name POS RTG GP TCKL TCKL/G SOLO SOLO/G AST AST/G TFL SCK SCK/G SCK YDS QBH PASS DEF Pass Def/G FF FR F RET YDS F TD INT INT/G INT YDS INT TD # DEF %
Jerome Baker LB
78
16 126 7.94 76 4.81 50 3.12 6.5 1.5 0.09 13 5 4 0.25 2 0 0 0 1 0.06 34 0 1,093 98%
Eric Rowe SS
70
16 81 5.06 54 3.38 27 1.69 1 0 0 0 0 8 0.5 1 0 0 0 1 0.06 35 1 1,086 97%
Nik Needham CB
12 54 4.5 41 3.42 13 1.08 1 1 0.08 7 3 11 0.92 1 0 0 0 2 0.17 23 0 752 89%
Christian Wilkins DE
77
16 56 3.44 31 1.81 25 1.62 4 2 0.12 14 4 2 0.12 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 741 66%
Davon Godchaux NT
73
16 70 4.62 33 2.06 37 2.56 5 2 0.12 9.5 5 1 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 729 65%
Sam Eguavoen OLB
16 42 2.62 22 1.38 20 1.25 7 3.5 0.22 23 9 1 0.06 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 630 56%
Vince Biegel LB
69
13 58 4.54 27 2.08 31 2.46 6 2.5 0.19 12 11 1 0.08 0 0 0 0 1 0.08 7 0 615 63%
Jomal Wiltz CB
65
14 59 4.21 40 2.86 19 1.36 2 0 0 0 0 6 0.43 0 0 0 0 1 0.07 0 0 609 58%
Bobby McCain FS
74
9 25 2.78 19 2.11 6 0.67 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.33 0 0 0 0 2 0.22 53 0 548 49%
Raekwon McMillan LB
76
13 70 5.54 36 2.69 34 2.85 2 0 0 0 2 1 0.08 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 524 47%
John Jenkins DE
67
16 35 2.12 22 1.25 13 0.88 2.5 1 0.06 7 1 1 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 486 43%
Charles Harris OLB
74
14 23 1.64 11 0.79 12 0.86 2.5 0.5 0.04 3.5 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 436 39%
Taco Charlton DE
76
10 21 2.1 14 1.4 7 0.7 4.5 5 0.5 34 6 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 403 36%
Adrian Colbert SS
71
6 22 3.5 16 2.67 6 0.83 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 363 51%
Avery Moss DE
68
11 25 2.27 11 1 14 1.27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 353 31%
Xavien Howard CB
81
5 17 3.4 12 2.4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0.8 0 0 0 0 1 0.2 0 0 325 48%
Steven Parker FS
65
13 20 1.54 15 1.15 5 0.38 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.23 0 0 0 0 2 0.15 35 0 324 31%
Ryan Lewis CB
65
13 28 2.15 20 1.54 8 0.62 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.38 0 0 0 0 1 0.08 3 0 294 25%
Trent Harris OLB
66
11 22 2 16 1.45 6 0.55 1 1.5 0.14 16 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 254 26%
Ken Webster CB
75
8 19 2.38 17 2.12 2 0.25 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 231 21%
Andrew Van Ginkel OLB
77
6 15 2.67 11 2 4 0.67 4 1 0.17 8 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 197 27%
Reshad Jones SS
85
4 28 6.75 18 4.25 10 2.5 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 190 23%
Ken Crawley CB
74
5 6 1.2 6 1.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 148 15%
Chris Lammons CB
65
11 13 1.18 8 0.73 5 0.45 0 0 0 0 0 3 0.27 0 0 0 0 1 0.09 0 0 147 19%
Zach Sieler DE
66
7 11 1.57 6 0.71 5 0.86 1 1 0.14 8 2 2 0.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 120 15%
Tae Hayes CB
3 7 2.33 4 1 3 1.33 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 107 19%
Walt Aikens FS
67
15 21 1.47 15 1 6 0.47 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.07 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 104 9%
Montre Hartage CB
4 8 2 6 1.5 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 98 34%
Nate Brooks CB
3 11 3.67 10 3.33 1 0.33 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 91 42%
Calvin Munson LB
65
2 7 3.5 5 3 2 0.5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 76 50%
Jonathan Ledbetter DE
71
1 4 4 1 1 3 3 1 0.5 0.5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 51 18%
Cornellius Carradine DE
66
1 3 3 1 1 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 15%
Linden Stephens CB
66
3 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 11%
Gerald Willis III NT
76
2 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 19 4%
James Crawford OLB
65
3 1 0.33 0 0 1 0.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 6%
Deon Lacey LB
66
16 4 0.25 3 0.19 1 0.06 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0%
Robert Nkemdiche NT
72
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1%
Marcus Sherels CB
68
8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0%
Jamal Davis II DE
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0%

Dolphins Special Teams Stats

Player Kickoffs Punts
NAME RTG FUML TD KICK RET KICK RET AVG KICK RET % PUNT RET PUNT RET AVG PUNT RET %
Trevor Davis
66
3 0 23 1.64 64% 22 10.36 81%
Preston Williams
72
2 0 0 0 10 14.38 37%
Jakeem Grant
74
2 1 23 2.3 64% 5 0.6 19%
Durham Smythe
69
0 0 4 0.25 11% 0 0
Isaiah Ford
68
0 0 1 0.12 3% 0 0

Dolphins Looking at Another Turbulent Year

Offseason Moves

One huge offseason move the Dolphins made was hiring of new head coach Brian Flores. Flores has been a coach in the Patriots’ system since 2004, and he was most recently the linebackers coach from 2016-2018. Although he won’t be calling plays on defense, his defensive-minded approach will make a huge difference for the Dolphins this season. He did call defensive plays for the Patriots last year, and we all know what happened there.

In the first round of the draft, the Dolphins took Christian Wilkins, a defensive lineman out of Clemson. He will bring a new edge to the pass-rush this year. They traded their second round pick to the Cardinals for Rosen (along with a 5th round pick in 2020). In the third round, they took Michael Dieter, an offensive lineman out of Wisconsin. Slightly unusual for a third round pick, Dieter will likely start right out of the gate. It’s not so much a tribute to his abilities as much as it is a commentary on just how bad the Dolphins offensive line was last year.

The Dolphins also made some nice free agency pickups. For starters, they were able to sign Ryan Fitzpatrick. Whether or not they planned on getting another QB at the time of this signing is irrelevant, as it is simply now a classic QB battle. The fins also nabbed Eric Rowe at CB. A former Patriot moving with Flores, the Dolphins will hope to see some of the Patriots’ defensive juju come along with this acquisition. Another former-Patriot the Dolphins signed is their new starting TE Dwyane Allen. He’s one of the NFL’s best blocking TEs. Despite injury concerns, the Dolphins went ahead and resigned WR DeVante Parker to a 2 year deal. They haven’t lost hope in him yet, even though he hasn’t played a full 16 games in any of his first four seasons with the team.

Looking Ahead

While still in an obvious rebuilding phase, the Dolphins and their fans certainly have some things to look forward to. Brian Flores is a great addition to the team. I truly think he’ll be able to help the Dolphins pull their defense that has raw talent but couldn’t execute in 2018 together. Despite Rosen having a tough 2018 in Arizona, I still think he has a better shot than Fitzpatrick at the starting spot. Rosen is viewed in an unfair way, in my opinion, as he was simply a rookie quarterback with a terrible offensive line. The bad news, though, is that Miami’s offensive line isn’t much better and that he’ll probably run into many of the same problems this season. In terms of defense, Flores as head coach and new defensive coordinator Patrick Graham will undoubtedly help sort things out by implementing new schemes, and, hopefully, a new culture. Will the Dolphins be contenders this year? Absolutely not. But they’re making some solid moves to help them get to that place within a few years.