Miami Dolphins: Joe Philbin will have the toughest job in the NFL
Posted On July 17, 2021
The Miami Dolphins will have to contend with some serious competition this offseason as they try to keep the franchise alive in a crowded NFC South.
But that’s not to say the team isn’t loaded.
They will have two first-round picks and a fourth-round pick this year and two second-rounders, one of which is a first-rounder.
So it’s not out of the question that this team could be an elite unit.
Here are 10 things to know about the Dolphins, who have been one of the league’s most explosive offenses for years.1.
The offensive line is arguably the best in the league.
Miami is one of just three teams in the AFC East to have a unit with more than 200 career starts and ranks first in the conference with a plus-9.0 grade in the run game.
With a trio of talented offensive linemen, the Dolphins have a top-10 run defense and rank first in run-defense DVOA.2.
They’re still just 2-4 since 2006.
They haven’t won more than two games in a row since 2010.
Miami hasn’t made the playoffs since 2008.
That’s a big reason why the Dolphins are still a decent team with a lot of potential.
They could be one of these teams.3.
Miami has a strong defense.
Miami’s defense ranked seventh in the nation last season with a +7.3 rating.
The Dolphins rank third with a -6.3 mark in total defense.
This unit ranked first in yards allowed per game allowed.4.
Joe Philby is the team’s head coach.
Philbin was a defensive coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots before being hired by the Dolphins in 2006.
He went on to coach the Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns before landing the Dolphins job in 2012.5.
This is the only year since 2010 that the Dolphins had a winning record.
They are 2-9 this season.
The team is 5-6 since 2009 and lost to New England in the first round of the playoffs in 2013.
Miami Dolphins vs. the Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (18) throws a pass during the second half of the game at EverBank Field on Nov. 30, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)6.
The defense is not a must-win.
The Miami defense ranked 10th in the SEC last season in total yards allowed (5,955).
The Dolphins ranked fourth in total scoring defense (17.9 points per game) and sixth in total points allowed (36.8 per game).
The defense also allowed 31 points or fewer in five of six games this season, which ranks sixth in the country.7.
Matt Moore has been an excellent fit for the offense.
Moore has led the Dolphins with at least one touchdown pass in three of his last four starts.
He’s completed 55.2 percent of his passes and averaged 10.5 yards per attempt in that time.8.
They have a solid offensive line.
Miami ranks third in the ACC in total offensive line yards allowed with 6.8 yards per play.
Miami also ranks second in the Atlantic Coast Conference with an average of 3.1 yards per carry.9.
The offense will be tested.
This will be the third year in a year in which the Dolphins’ offense has struggled to score points.
They rank 25th in points scored per game, 28th in scoring offense per game and 25th against the pass.
The only other team to finish in the bottom 10 in points allowed per drive since 2010 was Tennessee in 2014.10.
This isn’t the first time the Dolphins were one of NFL’s top teams.
The 2000 Miami Dolphins finished the season ranked first and second in total offense.
They also won 10 straight games after the 1999 season.
This year, the team is a combined 4-7.