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2021 Miami Dolphins Preview



Head Coach: Brian Flores

2020

Record: 10-6

2020 was clearly a rebuilding year for Miami. The benched a known commodity at QB early on for a rookie who, as a whole, wasn’t impressive at all. Their RBs were a bunch of unknowns. The receiving corps was average at best. The O line wasn’t very good. So how in the h@ll did this rebuilding project win 10 games? A bit of lick, great coaching,, A D that lived on big plays, and outstanding special teams. In a league of fireworks, the “Phins showed that you can always win with good old fashioned fundamental football.

2021

2021 Draft Picks

1-6 WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

1-18 DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami

2-36 S Jevon Holland, Oregon

2-42 T Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

3-81 TE Hunter Long, Boston College

7-231 T Larnel Coleman, Massachusetts

7-244 RB Gerrid Doaks, Cincinnati

The Dolphins had 4 picks in the top 42… and did well with them. Waddle is a star, and while he does have a history of injuries, he’s a big play guy who… most importantly… Tua knows him, as they played together for 2 years at ‘Bama. Phillips is a similar gamble, but with a similar upside. Grabbing TE Hunter Long in the 3rd round was a steal.

Key Pick Ups

Will Fuller – WR (from Texans)

Jacoby Brissett – QB (from Colts)

Malcolm Brown – RB (from Rams)

Fuller is a game changer, and will stretch the field. Brown will give the backfield depth, and Brissett is in a good position to mentor Tua…. and, if need be, take over if he falls on his face.

Key Losses

Ryan Fitzpatrick – QB (to Football Team)

Kyle Van Noy – LB (to Patriots)

Ted Karras – C (to Patriots)

Van Noy might be missed. Karras was solid but not irreplaceable.

Offense

Offensive Coordinators: George Godsey, Eric Studesville

2020 Points Scored: 404 (15th)

Myles Gaskin could be a break out star, and having a far improved receiving corps will speed up Tua’s development.

Defense

Defensive Coordinator: Josh Boyer

2020 Points Allowed: 338 (6th)

15% of opposing teams’ drives ended in a turnover… the best percentage in the league. This was a defense getting it’s feet in 2020, and could be dominant in 2021.

Special Teams

A great kicker,, a decent punter, and possibly one of the best all around units in the NFL.

If Things Go Well

If Tua improves, and the O line can keep him off his back, the Dolphins are a shoo in playoff team.

If They Don’t

The possibility that the O line may not improve, and more so that Tua might turn out to be a flop…. could lead to a disappointing season. The D and special teams will keep it from getting out of hand,.

Prediction

It isn’t hard to imagine that Tua may end up being a bust. Like Ohio State, ‘Bama sends more that it’s share of “system” QBs to the NFL, and the last Tide QBs who succeeded at all were three nobodies named Stabler, Starr, and Namath. No one since then. But like last year, unless he’s terrible, this will be a good football team.

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Date Opponent
Saturday
Aug. 14
at Chicago Bears 
Saturday
Aug. 21
Atlanta Falcons 
Sunday
Aug. 29
at Cincinnati Bengals 
Sunday
Sep. 12
at New England Patriots
Sunday
Sep. 19
Buffalo Bills
Sunday
Sep. 26
at Las Vegas Raiders
Sunday
Oct. 3
Indianapolis Colts
Sunday
Oct. 10
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sunday
Oct. 17
at Jacksonville Jaguars
Sunday
Oct. 24
Atlanta Falcons
Sunday
Oct. 31
at Buffalo Bills
Sunday
Nov. 7
Houston Texans
Thursday
Nov. 11
Baltimore Ravens
Sunday
Nov. 21
at New York Jets
Sunday
Nov. 28
Carolina Panthers
Sunday
Dec. 5
New York Giants
Sunday
Dec. 12
BYE
Saturday
Dec. 18
New York Jets
Monday
Dec. 27
at New Orleans Saints
Sunday
Jan. 2
at Tennessee Titans
Sunday
Jan. 9
New England Patriots
Miami Dolphins 2021 Football Schedule

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