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NFL Report Card: Miami Dolphins

 

Our NFL report card for the 2015-2016 season will be assigning a letter grade to each of the 32 teams and offering an explanation why that grade was chosen. After the evaluation, we will point out one specific area the team will need to address this off-season. Want some extra credit? Comment down below what grade YOU would give the team, and tell me on Twitter (@FantasyFlurry) your thoughts on the team’s report card for that day!

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The Dolphins underachieved, yet again, and finished the season with a 6-10 record. The offense was a question mark from week-to-week. They often abandoned the running game early,and Tannehill wasn’t a strong enough quarterback to lead the offense alone. The protection for him deteriorated throughout the season, and he didn’t have much to throw to with rookie receiver DeVante Parker injured and Jordan Cameron playing poorly.

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The defense for the Dolphins was expected to be dominant with the addition of Ndamukong Suh, but others played so poorly that it didn’t really matter. As soon as Cameron Wake went down, there rarely was a pass rush, and offenses could commit two-to-three guys’ attention to Suh. The secondary became even easier to beat, as long as you stayed away from Reshad Jones and Brent Grimes. The defense statistically finished in the bottom half of the league in nearly every category, which is even more disappointing since many projected them as a top-five group.

Final Grade: D

 

Biggest Off-Season Need?

The Dolphins got into the free agency action early by bringing in defensive end Mario Williams, running back C.J. Anderson, and offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod. They also let running back Lamar Miller, defensive end Olivier Vernon, and cornerback Brent Grimes walk. The biggest need for the Dolphins now is to improve the secondary. They will need to bring in at least two more corners if they want to make a run in the playoffs next season.

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