Miami Dolphins: Addressing the 2012 Off-Season

The Miami Dolphins started their season off on an 0-7 skid. Dolphins fans were starting to embrace the phrase “Suck for Luck” as they were front-runners, along with the Colts, for the number one pick in the draft. Well, the Dolphins fought back with a 6-3 record and a concluding record of 6-10. The Dolphins are drafting 8th overall in this upcoming draft in April and find themselves with many needs. Many speculate that this team is on the verge of a break out year but only if they bring all the right pieces together.

In the 2012 off-season, the Dolphins need to address:

1) Quarterback – Here it is – Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, or Robert Griffin III. That’s how I see it. One of these three quarterbacks will be down in Miami as the starter come opening day. Miami fans favor signing Peyton Manning who is still has question marks surrounding his stay in Indianapolis. Matt Flynn is the backup quarterback in Green Bay behind Aaron Rodgers and has shown potential in 2 career starts for the Packers. Robert Griffin III is the hottest player coming into the 2012 draft and there are a handful of teams wanting to trade up for him, with the possibility of Miami. The most realistic scenario I see happening is Miami signing Matt Flynn. After the hiring of Joe Philbin, the ex-offensive coordinator for the Green Bay Packers, it makes sense to go after Green Bay’s back up quarterback. The chemistry would be there and it does not hurt that Philbin has mentioned running the West Coast Offense. It would be a move that would make total sense. A secondary scenario that is shaping up and is catching some fire is signing Peyton Manning and drafting the number three quarterback in this draft, Ryan Tannehill. The idea behind this move is somewhat similar in what we saw in Green Bay with Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Peyton would finish out his career in Miami but at the same time groom Tannehill to be the next starter after he retires. It makes sense, but how realistic is it? It feels as if Miami would have to pull a few more strings in order for that to happen.

2) Draft Needs – If Miami hits on a quarterback before the draft, I believe they could address an offensive tackle in the first round. They are drafting with the 8th spot overall and I do not believe Matt Kalil will fall that low. The next guy on the list of prospects would have to be Riley Reiff from Iowa. At 6”6′ and 313 pounds, he defiantly has the size and frame for the job. Bringing in a quarterback from free agency requires money, why not protect that investment with an offensive tackle in the first round? After all, it is also a need that the Dolphins need to address. After tackle I see the Dolphins addressing free safety and some linebacker depth.

Top Free Agents – 1) Chad Henne / QB

Written By – David Rantisi- NFL Draft and Scouting Combine Writer

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