Around the AFC East in Miami; what went down in 2013

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With the regular season over, we decided to look back on the season around the AFC East. The Dolphins rallied at the end of 2013, but fell short in their final game to the Jets, squashing their playoff chances yet again. We figured we’d head down to South Beach to chat with cover32 Dolphins Insider Michael Serriana about what went right and what went wrong under for Tannehill and Company:

Who was the one person this year that had the most positive impact on your team’s final season record?

The Dolphins’ player that had the most positive impact had to be quarterback Ryan Tannehill. His performance week in and week out was steady. Even after being sacked, he continually came back and directed the team to big wins versus the Bengals, Chargers, Patriots, Colts, Jets, and Falcons. By far, as quarterback he showed more grit and willingness to win until the very end. His 24 touchdowns and 17 interceptions were a sign of a bright future as a potential franchise quarterback.

Who is the most overrated player on your team and why?

For the Dolphins, safety Reshad Jones seemed to be the most overrated player. Sure he had some games where he earned 10 or more tackles, but in defense he accounted for 1 interception. Even though Jones was billed as a ball-hawk after his 4 interceptions last season, he underperformed and underwhelmed this season. Part of that was the Dolphins horrendous run defense, where Jones had to assist in stopping the run.

What is your overall feeling on the job done by your team’s entire coaching staff?

Overall, the coaching staff didn’t get enough out of the Dolphins players on both sides of the ball. Offensively, the Dolphins improved very little and there appeared to be a disconnect with Ryan Tannehill and offensive coordinator Mike Sherman. Sadly, Tannehill was sacked 58 times. On defense, the Dolphins could not stop the run and were gashed in several games. In addition, the coaching staff failed to develop rookie defensive end Dion Jordan who missed critical reps as he recovered from his surgically repaired labrum. It seems that the coaches rushed Jordan back to soon and as a result, his lack of reps in practice showed versus the run and only accounted for two sacks.

Which side of the ball do you think made the most progress as a unit in 2013?

It’s really hard to say, but the pass defense for the Dolphins led by Brent Grimes rose the occasion in several big games. The unit was responsible for 15 interceptions and caused more turnovers than it gave up touchdowns. For the Dolphins the defensive backs were the most improved in 2013.

Where does your team need to draft in order to improve in 2014?

Picking 19th won’t give the Dolphins a star, but the hope is a starter can be acquired at that spot. Since the Dolphins really struggled to pass and run block this season, getting a tackle or guard is possible. In addition, it is possible that the Dolphins could draft for need and add another running back since both Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas lacked productivity and consistency. At this point, with the GM position in the air, it’s tough to say where the Dolphins will focus their efforts during the draft.


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