To be the best, you have to beat the best. While that quote is often overused in terms of not just sports, it seems extremely appropriate for this article. Coming off a playoff campaign for the first time in many years last season, the Miami Dolphins need to take the next step this season given the amount of talent they now have on their roster.
That next step, taking the battle right to the rival New England Patriots. Watching their division rivals win 13 out of the last 14 AFC East division titles, the Miami Dolphins need to be competitive against the Patriots and they need to do it this season. While I have my own doubts about the success that Miami will have in accomplishing this goal, it is still something that has to be done.
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With top NFL talents like Jarvis Landry, Jay Ajayi, Cameron Wake, and Ndamukong Suh to name a few, there is no reason why Miami can’t compete against the rival Patriots for the top spot in the AFC East. Along with this talent also comes confidence, something team’s definitely need if they are to succeed.
Speaking to media during a promotional tour this past offseason, star wide receiver Jarvis Landry even went as far to predict a sweep of the rival Patriots this season. While I do doubt this actually occurring, the fact is that the Miami Dolphins finally believe in themselves and look set legitimately compete against the Patriots for supremacy in the AFC East this season.
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With two pieces of the success trident now in place, the Dolphins must now focus on the third leg in order to challenge New England this season. That third trident, to me, it is simply winning. As many say, winning breeds winning. Developing a winning culture in Miami could make this team even better this season and could easily put Miami in a position to truly take the fight to New England this season.
Thanks to the amount of talent on their roster and a rising confidence, the Miami Dolphins look to finally be on the path to success. While some may consider Miami’s 2016 campaign as just a fluke, the Dolphins look ready to not only have a bright future in front of them but also a bright present to prove once and for all that 2016 was not a fluke.