With Chad Henne now behind center, does Miami have what it takes to get back to the Super Bowl?
As the Dolphins turn this ship around after three consecutive losses to start the season, one has to wonder if Miami obtains the tools to make a legitimate run for the Super Bowl. The Colts are the early AFC favorites, but Miami has been the only team so far to truly test Indi, and now with dominating play from quarterback Chad Henne, could Miami take out the Colts if they received another opportunity with the new QB managing the game this time? My money is still on Manning, but Henne's style of play reminds me of a young Peyton. I don't want to jump the gun too soon, considering Henne only has two NFL starts under his belt, but the Dolphins have recently proven that with consistent, turn-over free football, they can be very tough to beat.
Miami has a formidable defense, stacked with just the right amount of youthful talent and experienced veterans who can defend both run and pass. The Wildcat offense is extremely tough to predict and defend, and the Dolphins arguably have the best running back duo in the league. They possess a great young tight end in Anthony Fasano, as well as showcasing talented wide receivers with tremendous speed and athleticism. Jake Long is the centerpiece of a solid offensive line, who really came together versus the Jets, looking outstanding with their run blocking schemes and pass protection. On special teams Miami looks complete, as both Ginn Jr. and Bess are always a threat to run one back every time they touch the ball. As Chad Henne continues to progress, so will the Dolphins.
The most impressive element about the Phins right now is the coaching staff, led by Head Coach Tony Sparano. This coach possesses the fire and football knowledge to motivate and teach this talented ball club how to win. Sparano proved last season, with the help of guru Bill Parcells, that not only can they turn a football team around, but they can coach a team into immediate contenders. After claiming a division title last season and gaining some valuable and necessary playoff experience, the Dolphins now know what it takes to win tough games. With Sparano at the helm, the only thing currently holding Miami out of the picture is a losing record. With a bye week coming up, Miami will have home field advantage once again as the undefeated Saints march into town. The Saints will most likely be banged up after playing a very physical New York Giants squad this weekend, as the Phins should be fresh and healthy. A victory against the Saints could be just enough to really keep this Miami squad rolling in the right direction, possibly launching them to back-to-back division titles.
So these are now the questions to be asked in Miami. Are the Dolphins as good as the other teams in the AFC? Can Miami play smash mouth football with the Steelers? Can the Dolphins step it up this year and take out the Ravens? Does Miami have what it takes to dethrone the Pats in the AFC East once again with Tom Brady back? Will the Phins beat the Jets in New York? Miami is arguably a more talented team then both Cincinnati and Denver, but can they prove it against these other well-coached teams who are also getting better with every snap? And with new quarterback Chad Henne taking over behind center, is Miami now able to beat San Diego and Indianapolis if given another shot? When Pennington went down, Miami looked like they were done, but now with Henne looking like Dan Marino, maybe the Phins can get it done.
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Written by Josh Souder