Training camp hasn’t even opened up yet this season for the Dolphins, but expectations for this team could not be any lower at this point coming off of a 6-10 season last year.
At 12 casinos around Las Vegas, no AFC team has longer odds to win the Super Bowl than the Dolphins who are at 80-1. Oh, and there’s also Sports Illustrated who has prognosticating a 3-13 season for the Phins. Ouch.
But there is at least one national outlet who is going with the old Lee Corso moniker of “not so fast my friend.” Pro Football Focus has Miami in their top 5 list of teams who could surprise this season and make it to the playoffs with a wild card birth. Joining Miami in that list is Houston, Washington, Chicago, and the Chargers.
So what is leading Pro Football Focus to believe that Miami could be one of those surprise teams? What could possibly be causing them to go against the national grain? The way they see it, Ryan Tannehill could be the main difference, among others that they named. And you know what, they may be onto something here.
Call me crazy, but what if Tannehill comes back and plays like he did when Miami went to the playoffs in 2016? He may not be elite, but it’s not like the guy was garbage. In fact, according to PFF, he has ranked in the top half of their power rankings for QB’s over the past 5 seasons. And believe it or not, he also had a higher passer rating than names such as Russell Wilson and Philip Rivers in 2016.
They also site the additions of Minkah Fitzpatrick, Josh Sitton at guard, and Albert Wilson taking over the slot position for Jarvis Landry, (fantasy sleeper maybe) as reasons to believe why this team could surprise a lot of people.
It’s nice to see a positive outlook for this team for once. And you know what, why can’t they be right?