Offseason Analysis: Miami Dolphins

Feb 16, 2009

The Dolphins completed an amazing turnaround improving for 1-15 to 11-5 and an AFC East title.  Chad Pennington got plenty of the credit, and deservingly so, for the turnaround.  I can’t help, but to be impressed with the way Ronnie Brown returned from his knee injury.  Ricky Williams was a solid compliment, but I expect RB to take the lion’s share of the carries with Ricky seeing less action in ’09.  Ted Ginn, Jr. made strides at WR last year, and I expect him to continue his progress as a third-year WR, which historically has been when wideout have had breakout seasons.  Davone Bess will likely start opposite of Ginn, Jr. with Greg Camarillo serving as the third WR (assuming his knee fully heals).  Anthony Fasano and David Martin formed a solid TE duo.  Re-signing RT Vernon Carey will be their top priority this offseason.  They don’t have too many holes on Offense, which is surprising from a team a year removed from a one-win season.  Bill Parcels will tinker I’m sure, but I don’t expect any major splashes.
 
LB Channing Crowder, the team’s #2 tackler with 113, will not likely return to the Dolphins so his hole will have to be filled.  The Dolphins have two key FA’s in their secondary:  CB Andre’ Goodman, who led the team with five INTs last year, and S Renaldo Hill, who was third on the team with 77 tackles and tied for second with 3 INTs.  They will both turn 31 later this year so that could be a factor in the decision to bring them back.  I expect both of them to test the free agency waters, meaning their secondary will be a key area of need this offseason.

KFFL Free Agent Tracker:

Pos Player Name FA Status Previous Team Current Team
RB Patrick Cobbs RFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
RB Lex Hilliard Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
FB Chris M. Brown Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
WR Anthony Armstrong Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
WR Todd Lowber Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
WR Tab Perry UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
TE Aaron Halterman UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
OT Vernon Carey UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
OL Matt McChesney UFA (Cut) Miami Dolphins Free Agent
DL Joe Cohen Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
LB Channing Crowder UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
LB Quentin Moses ERFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
LB Kelvin Smith UFA (Cut) Miami Dolphins Free Agent
LB Mark Washington ERFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
CB Scorpio Babers Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
CB Andre’ Goodman UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
SS Yeremiah Bell UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
SS Will Billingsley Re-signed Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins
FS Renaldo Hill UFA Miami Dolphins Free Agent
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11 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. CK0712
    February 16th, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

    thank you jets for taking mr. NFL all time leader in interceptions & letting this team have Chad. What a run they had this year, next season can only get better!

  2. LestersLegends
    February 16th, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    I can see them slip next year. NE will win the division, and I’m not sure two will come from the East.

  3. CK0712
    February 16th, 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    aw c’mon, LOL!

    u never never know lester’s. they have no where to go but UP!

  4. LestersLegends
    February 16th, 2009 at 1:11 pm #

    That was last year. 11-5, with a WEAK SAUCE schedule. They won’t win 10 next year.

  5. CK0712
    February 16th, 2009 at 1:14 pm #

    LMAO!

  6. CK0712
    February 16th, 2009 at 1:17 pm #

    BTW Mr. glass 1/2 empty
    if they do, i’ll toss in 2 cases of yuengling & some tastykakes & some REAL philly soft pretzels…..i’m howlin over here!

  7. LestersLegends
    February 16th, 2009 at 1:22 pm #

    just a bitter pats fan.

  8. Larry
    February 19th, 2009 at 9:05 am #

    Much tougher Schedule and also Teams will be ready to play the Dolphins this year, When The Dolphins got Parcells and the new coach I said they would win 5 or 6 in 2008. then go to 9 or 10 in 2009 then be a 11 or 12 win team in 2010.
    So I still think they will win around 9 or 10 games, Pennington, I am afraid will slip some in 2009.

  9. LestersLegends
    February 19th, 2009 at 9:08 am #

    I’m guessing it’s more like 8. I don’t think Joey Porter will be as tough next year either.

  10. Marshall
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:44 pm #

    The word is that Lex Hilliard has developed well on the practice squad last season and may seriously challenge for a roster spot. Would be quite a find by Parcells if the kid turns out to be serviceable back in the league.

  11. LestersLegends
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:57 pm #

    I love those kinds of stories.

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