Breaking down the history of the Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots

History of the Dolphins vs Patriots showdowns

By: Jeremy Trottier

The AFC East has been one of the lesser contested divisions in the NFL these past two decades, with the New England Patriots dominating it for a large number of years.  With the all-time series in favor of the Dolphins, the difference in wins is now narrowed down to only 6 games at 60-54-0 and was even within 2 games in 2019 prior to the Dolphins winning the last 4.  In this article, I will be covering some of the most notable games in this rivalry’s history and bringing back some memories from this long-standing matchup. 

December 9th, 2018 – The Miracle in Miami

Let’s start off with something recent in this rivalry, just for those who are newer to football as most fans of either team will remember this. 

Many will remember this game for the late heroics, which we will get to shortly.  But many do not remember how amazing this game was prior to that moment, as it was a highly contested game throughout all 4 quarters.  27-21 at halftime in favor of New England after a 21-point 2nd quarter, and then they got shutout in the 3rd and Miami took the lead 28-27.  New England rallies back with 2 field goals in the 4th, which leads up to the final drive. 

Stephen Gostkowski kicks off with 16 seconds left in the 4th, Kalen Ballage returns it to the Miami 31-yard line.  With 7 seconds left, Ryan Fitzpatrick throws to just before midfield to Kenny Stills, who laterals to Devante Parker, who does the same to Kenyan Drake, taking the extra 48 yards to the endzone.  The best, or worst, part depending on which fanbase you are a part of, is that playing deep safety was none other than Rob Gronkowski…a tight end…who got turned around and was the last man to beat and missed the tackle.

Is this the best game of all time between these teams?  No.  But is it one of, if not the most memorable single play between these two teams?  Absolutely.

September 4th, 1994 – Dan Marino’s Revenge

A game that seems to be heavily overlooked in the Patriots vs Dolphins rivalry was one that featured a slew of high-level battles.  Dan Marino returning from his Achilles injury vs Drew Bledsoe in the season where he led the league in passing yards and various other passing stats.  Bill Parcells vs Don Shula, two of the best coaches to ever grace the game of football with their knowledge. 

This game simply put was a battle through and through, even with Miami falling by 11 points in the 2nd quarter.  Irving Fryar is your guy to thank for this win if you are the Miami Dolphins, who had one of the best all-time performances that is never talked about.  Remember the Randy Moss 3 reception, 163-yard, 3 touchdown statline for the Vikings?  Try 5 receptions for 211 yards and 3 touchdowns for Irving Fryar on this day.  On the other side, Patriots receiver Ben Coates had 8 receptions for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns, which is also, extremely amazing. 

The quarterback battles come in close second with how impressive they were.  Drew Bledsoe had 421 passing yards on 32/51 accuracy, 4 passing touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and a 98.6 passer rating.  Dan Marino?  23 for 42 for 472 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 interception, and a 124.3 passer rating.  This was the Dolphins revenge game for the Patriots knocking them out of playoff contention the year prior, and they ended up winning 39-35, even after not scoring in the first quarter. 

Oh, and did I mention the field was a mess of ripped up grass and mud?  It had poured most of the morning, and the half football/half baseball field of Joe Robbie Stadium was an absolute mess.  Yet, it turned into one of the best passing games of all time.  Amazing. 

January 12th, 1986 – Patriots finally win on the road

Finally, we have the game of firsts.  This game was the first time the New England Patriots (not the Boston Patriots) had ever won in Miami, which was impressive enough as they had to try 15 times under the new name before finally beating Miami in their home stadium.  On top of that?  It was the AFC Title game.  On top of that?  It was the first time the Miami Dolphins ever lost in the AFC Title game. 

This game was also the battle of absolute polar opposite teams.  New England focused on rushing the ball and defense, forcing 6 turnovers in the game, yes, 6.  3 of which being fumbles and 3 being interceptions.  In terms of the running game, New England ran the ball 53 times on the day, gathering 255 yards across all players, and weirdly enough, only 1 touchdown.  The other 3 touchdowns came in 12 passing attempts and 10 completions for Tony Eason, who only had 71 passing yards on the day. 

Miami on the other hand, passed 48 times for 20 completions with Dan Marino, who also had 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Miami only ran the ball 13 times on the night, 40 less than the Patriots.  This was just simply put a weird matchup that no one expected, yet it happened, and it was extremely intriguing. 

Three underrated NFL teams entering 2022

Who is the most underrated NFL team?

By: Samuel Moores

Every NFL season seems to have a couple of teams who fly under the radar and achieve things that aren’t expected in September. The Cincinnati Bengals and San Francisco 49ers last year are great examples of this. Nobody expected them to be miserable, but did we expect them to be playing in the Super Bowl, and in the Niners’ case, the NFC Championship game? No. But the ultimate question is: who can do that this year? Here are three teams to look out for this season. 

1. Miami Dolphins 

Miami has a new coach, better weapons, and the same defense they had last year, a season where they went 9-8, finishing 3rd in the AFC East. Mike McDaniel was brought in as head coach to get the best out of their quarterback, Tua Tagovailoa. He worked with a similar QB in Jimmy Garoppolo in SF last year, if anyone was to do it, it’ll be him. Josh Boyer didn’t lose a single starter on his unit, one that perhaps got even better with the addition of Melvin Ingram as a rotational pass rusher. 

On the offensive side of the ball, there were three major issues last season. The biggest of all was the abysmal line, then came the lack of run game and the fact the receiver unit couldn’t stay healthy. All three were addressed this offseason. Both the WR and RB units went under an overhaul, acquiring Tyreek Hill and signing Cedrick Wilson, Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds, and Sony Michel. As for the line, Terron Armstead and versatile lineman Connor Williams were then brought in to fix the team’s issues upfront. 

The emphasis on speed and YAC should suit Tua to the ground, it already worked with Jaylen Waddle last year, now you’ve got the guy who’s the best in the league at it. If Miami has anything close to a functioning offense, they’ll be playing meaningful games in December and January.

2. Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders are another team with a new head coach and better offensive weapons for their quarterback. They’ve also improved the defense. If the rest of the AFC West hadn’t also made splash moves, the Raiders would be talked about way more often. The only player of significance that they lost was Casey Hayward, who was replaced by Rock Ya-Sin, and then they added to the defense with Chandler Jones who now lines up next to Maxx Crosby to create a pass rush double threat.

Oh and don’t forget the blockbuster trade for Davantae Adams, the best receiver in football, who’s now reunited with his Fresno State teammate, Derek Carr. Watch out for Carr this year, I’m expecting a season on par if not better than his last. Adams should be a big help, he’ll allow the likes of Waller and Renfrow to get open easier. Then there’s Josh McDaniels. His second and probably final chance at being a head coach, we know how talented of a play caller he is, this is his chance to shoiw everyone he can be a HC.

The Raiders went through a lot last year, and stuck together throughout it, proving a lot of people wrong and getting to the wildcard round under interim HC Rich Bisaccia. I feel that this year will be just as, if not more successful, going under the radar once again. 

3. New Orleans Saints

The vibe I get from a lot of people is that the Saints are set to regress without Sean Payton. And while that may be possible, you take a look at the NFC, and they’re one of the best teams in it. I like the new safety tandem of Marcus Maye and Tyrann Mathieu. Marcus Williams will be tough to replace, but Maye is a decent player – I like his chances. Their defense as a whole is stacked, and the continuity with new head coach Dennis Allen will be good for the unit. 

If Michael Thomas is back to anywhere near his best on his return this year then that’s huge for a team that struggled without him last year. And if not, the receiver room has been upgraded, after trading up for Chris Olave and signing Jarvis Landry recently. That’s a big improvement on what they went out with last season. Hopefully, the fact that Mark Ingram is with the team all season means that they’re less reliant on Alvin Kamara. He was overworked last year, touching the ball just short of 50 times more than he has before in a season that he missed 4 games. His production was down slightly because of that. 

Jameis Winston was looking pretty good before getting hurt last year, but this is his first season without Payton since his famous 30-30 campaign with Tampa Bay. His OC and QB Coach, Pete Carmichael and Ronald Curry remain the same. If his play remains around the same, the Saints will be a wildcard team who can win games in the playoffs come January.

Projecting the Miami Dolphins record in 2022

What will be the Dolphins record in 2022?

By: Jake Rajala

The Miami Dolphins have had one of the boldest off-seasons and they are primed to be a Super Bowl contender next season. With that said, I’m going to simply untwine the highs, lows, and overall record of the Dolphins in 2022.

Week 1: vs Patriots

I expect the Phins to have success against their foe led by Bill Belichick. The Pats defense lost a couple of prominent pieces, while the Phins added a lot of offensive firepower. I expect the Dolphins to win 28-17.

The Phins also have a bit of magic when they play the Patriots.

Week 2: at the Ravens

I believe the Dolphins are more well-rounded than the Ravens, but Tua could struggle against the Ravens secondary at this point in his career. I believe LJ has a slightly better game than Tua and the Ravens win by a clutch Justin Tucker field goal 27-24.

Week 3: vs the Bills

I expect the Phins to reach the playoffs, but they could have growing pains early in the regular season. In Week 3, I’m expecting Josh Allen and the Bills to beat the Dolphins 35-24.

Week 4: at the Bengals

The Bengals could struggle to block the Dolphins pass rush and I honestly love how the Phins match up to the Bengals secondary. Although, I’m not comfortable believing in the pass defense in Miami to slow down Cincy’s offense. I believe the Bengals win a close contest by a score of 31-28.

Week 5: at the Jets

The Dolphins will certainly bounce back against the Jets with an impressive 27-14 victory.

Week 6: vs the Vikings

I believe the Dolphins third-year QB will have a statement victory against a mediocre Vikings secondary 28-27.

Week 7: vs the Steelers

The Steelers have a hulk (T.J. Watt) and a few excellent toys on offense. I actually believe that Trubisky is underrated, especially in the Steelers offense. On the flip side, the Phins should hurt the Steelers Joe Haden-less CB group. I expect the Phins to win a close AFC matchup by a score of 24-20.

Week 8: at the Lions

The Phins should be able to mop the floor against the Lions pass defense and pick up a victory by a score of 35-17.

Week 9: at the Bears

Mike McDaniel and his squad were gifted two straight, very favorable match-ups by the football gods in Week 8 and Week 9. I believe the Phins pick up steam with a monster 38-17 victory against the Bears.

Week 10: vs the Browns

The Browns are a strong Super Bowl contender with Deshaun Watson after his imminent suspension in my opinion. I believe the Browns slightly edge out a Dolphins team that is a bit younger at the QB position. The Browns will win 35-28 in my opinion.

Week 12: vs the Texans

The Dolphins will unleash a lot of points against the Texans defense and I expect the Texans to have a few splash plays against Miami. Davis Mills could be similar to the sophomore version of the Dolphins QB in 2022. All in all, I believe the Dolphins win 35-14.

Week 13: at the 49ers

“Hello Darkness, my old friend”

McDaniel will need to dig deep on his new side, so he can throw his former master off the top floor. I believe the Phins can feel confident against Trey Lance while the Dolphins toys can definitely exploit the 49ers secondary. I believe the Phins win 28-21.

Week 14: at the Chargers

The LA Chargers have made massive strides this off-season and I feel they are one step ahead of the Dolphins. I believe the explosive Chargers offense with an unearthly passing rushing duo will edge out the Phins 35-28.

Week 15: at the Bills

The Bills are my Super Bowl favorite and they should sweep their divisional opponent in Miami. I expect the Bills to win 35-21.

Week 16: vs the Packers

The Packers quietly have an underrated CB group and I expect Aaron Rodgers with Christian Watson and a healthy Robert Tonayn to have success against the Phins defense. I believe the Packers win 35-28.

Week 17: at the Pats

I know BB will fight hard to not be swept by the Dolphins, but I don’t believe he can be a quality CB against the Dolphins exciting WR group. I believe the Phins win 31-24 in their second battle.

Week 18: vs the Jets

The 2022 Dolphins will finish on a high note against the Jets with a strong 28-14 victory.

Final record: 10-7

What is the ceiling for the Dolphins with Mike McDaniel?

What can the new look Dolphins Dolphins accomplish moving forward?

By: Sam Moores

The Miami Dolphins on paper seem to have their best roster in years. It’s one that you’d expect to compete with anyone. Over the past two years, they have been competitive, but fairly dysfunctional from top to bottom. Although, there appears to be a new energy with Mike McDaniels. So, how did the Dolphins come to the point of placing their hope on McDaniel and how successful can the new-look Dolphins be?

Miami’s two back-to-back winning seasons under Brian Flores were the best since the ’02 and ’03 seasons, but midway through the 2020 season, we started to see the start of a bit of chaos brew. Or was it like that from the start?

From the get-go of the ‘tank job’ by the Dolphins organization, we knew Stephen Ross wanted an elite quarterback. And with what’s come out since, that’s definitely the case. That wasn’t fair on Flores and his staff. It caused friction from the start. Plenty of Miami’s valuable assets were moved to try and create a championship roster from the bottom, something that the Browns and the Raiders tried before them. One more successful than the other. 

Two extra first-round picks were accumulated before the trade deadline of the 2019 season, but they played themselves out of the number 1 pick contention with some excellent coaching from Flo. As tough as they were to watch at times, you felt that the team that won 5 of its last 9 games, having started 0-7, was getting somewhere.

When it started, everyone presumed they were all in on Tua Tagovailoa, who at the time looked like the obvious number one overall pick. His unfortunate major hip injury took place in November, which was around the same time that Joe Burrow and the LSU Tigers were emerging as the powerhouse they really were that season.

Burrow went to the Bengals at #1, one of the teams that Miami beat down the stretch, whilst Tua was still there for them at 5, falling due to injury concerns. The Dolphins took Tua at 5, hoping to sit him the entire year behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, the veteran QB who you could tell the team loved, in order for the hip to fully heal. QB, Justin Herbert was drafted by the Chargers at 6, someone he’ll be compared to for the rest of his NFL career. Tua was medically cleared to play in the Summer, but it was still clear that the team was still Fitzpatrick’s for the year.

That wasn’t the case though, as in Week 6 of the 2020 season we saw the Alabama QB make his debut, throwing two passes in relief of Fitzpatrick in a 24-0 win at home to the Jets. Their bye week followed, and with the team sitting at 3-3 Tagovailoa was announced as the starter for the Week 8 tie at home to the Rams. The news shocked the league, it seemed forced, and very premature. It was the moment where it all changed, and the dysfunction got more and more evident. 

You’d have to assume Tua was thrown into the starting job, by the owner, rather than the coaching staff partly because of just how good Herbert looked after being rushed into the starting lineup minutes after the Tyrod Taylor incident before the Chiefs game. He took the opportunity and ran with it. They didn’t want everyone to think they took the wrong guy before their QB even started a game. In reality, that was totally the wrong thing to do.

Tagovailoa didn’t do what Herbert did, he looked like a rookie, and wasn’t of the same build as in 2019, as the focus was rightly focused on rehab. You could tell that the team didn’t trust him, pulling him late in games when the offense wasn’t flowing, putting Fitzpatrick in, then acting as if everything was normal. Even with how well the kid had dealt with all the troubles he’s been through with the injuries in college, that had to dent his confidence. 

The defense was elite towards the end of that season, and with a bit of Fitzmagic, the team got to 10 wins, narrowly missing out on a playoff win. 

That was something to build on, and after the 2021 draft it was looking promising, three impressive early-round rookies in Jaylen Waddle, Jaelan Phillips, and Jevon Holland weren’t the projects they drafted in 2020, they seemed ready to play right away. Bar Raekwon Davis, that class was looking like potential busts. That’s a way to waste 3 first-round picks, and Davis wasn’t even one of those.

Back to the 2021 class though, and ready to play they were, Grier smashed this draft. You’d have thought those guys adding to an impressive 2020 team, would make their 2021 counterparts even better. But as you know, in 2021 things got worse. From the hiring of co-offensive coordinators, and then Charlie Frye as QB coach, meaning there were three guys to talk to Tagovailoa in the headset, with no clear primary play-caller, to the Deshaun Watson situation which hovered over the team from the offseason all the way to the trade deadline. Oh and don’t forget having the worst offensive line in football.

Injuries plagued the team’s start to the season, losing multiple key players for games at the start of the year, Tua was one of them, going down with a rib injury in Week 2 against Buffalo. He missed 3 games, with the disaster that was Jacoby Brissett coming in to replace him. The team started 1-0 and was quickly 1-7 before winning against the Houston Texans in Week 8.

Week 9 saw one of the strangest things I’d ever seen in my time watching football. Tua sustained a finger injury on his throwing hand during the Bills game in Week 7 that ruled him out for the Week 8 game at home to Houston. The Ravens game on TNF followed a couple of days later, one that the QB was expected to be good to go for. He was active, but not starting, just in case he was needed, but Brissett got the nod to ‘protect’ Tua. How strange.

It got stranger though, as when Brissett hurt his knee midway through that game, with the score sitting at 6-3 to Miami, Tua came into the game and gave the offense a boost, eventually winning 22-10. Jacoby was good to go back into the game, but Flores kept him back on the sideline with Tagovailoa playing as well as he was. That’s when you know something wasn’t right. That wasn’t normal.

That started a 7 game win streak that saw the defense go back to the 2020 form, and the O doing just enough to grind through games. Something fishy went on behind the scenes with the defense. From that masterpiece of a game plan to shut down the Ravens’ offense, they suddenly started doing the difficult-to-stop zero blitz concept again. It saw them double the a gap to create an all-out blitz look, but sometimes players dropped into coverage. Many believe that one half of the season was mainly called by Josh Boyer, the other half by Brian Flores and Gerald Alexander. Either way, something changed.

Sitting at 8-7 in Week 17 they needed a win in the rain in Tennessee to control their destiny in the AFC wildcard race. That game was a disaster, losing 34-3, and with that, all hope of a playoff berth was gone. They finished 9-8 in the end after winning in New England, sweeping the Pats, but that wasn’t enough for Brian Flores to keep his job. He’d done an unbelievable coaching job, it was a shock to the league, but looking back at it now, it was probably right to make a change, especially when you look at how positive things are looking at the moment. It just wasn’t the right fit.

San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel was hired to be Flores’ successor, a run game guru. He kept the majority of the key defensive members of staff, except the popular defensive back coach Gerald Alexander. Interesting. In came former Dolphins players Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain to cover that position group, whilst Josh Boyer was kept as DC, which again, should be interesting. We’ll learn if it was him in charge of the unit, or whether it was Flo and GA towards the end of the season.

The offensive line was the number one issue last season, so straight away, even before free agency and the draft, they began addressing the problem. Frank Smith the Chargers’ offensive line coach and run game coordinator came in as McDaniel’s OC, whilst Matt Applebaum is the new man in charge of the unit. They then went out and signed three-time pro-bowler Terron Armstead who worked with Smith in New Orleans at the start of his career. Connor Williams from Dallas came in during free agency as well. Two veteran lineman, something last year’s unit was lacking.

From the get-go, the coaching staff and Chris Grier made it clear that Tua is the guy, which I still don’t believe with all the Brady stuff out there at the moment, but that’s not happening right now he’s a Buc, so I’ll take their word. They’ve been super aggressive in surrounding their quarterback to make sure he’s the guy, and then if not move on with the multiple picks Grier accumulated for next year. It sounds like a great plan, but then again, so did the last one.

Cedrick Wilson was added to the receiver core, as was Tyreek Hill about a week later. When grouped with Jaylen Waddle, those three together are a scary, speedy group of wideouts. Devante Parker was traded to New England as he wasn’t seen as a scheme fit, whilst there are three new running backs in Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert, and Sony Michel. The team finally invested in the running back position!

Wes Welker became the third former Dolphin to join the staff to coach the receivers, what a unit he’s got on his hands, but also what a guy to learn from. He was in San Francisco with McDaniel, as was his assistant head, and TE coach Jon Embree. Darrell Bevell took up the role of QB coach, whilst Eric Studdesville remained in charge of the running backs. 

Melvin Ingram as a rotational pass rusher is the latest move to show their commitment to winning with Tua. Most importantly, they didn’t lose anyone of significance. Everyone is back. The team is in a much better place than it was a year ago. They’re in a position to win.

But you have to question whether they actually will or not. To achieve anything, first, they have to compete with Buffalo in the division. The Dolphins have lost seven straight to the Bills. Seven straight.

There’s no guarantees that the defense will be good either, was the success over the two years anything to do with Boyer? There’s talent, but the unit was underperforming massively at the start of last season. What was behind the turn in fortunes? Something must have changed. 

As I mentioned earlier, another thing that I think will help is the fact that the vibe seems totally different in the building. Tua looks the happiest we’ve ever seen him and we’re seeing players speaking more freely. That’s got to be down to Mike McDaniel. His demeanor is totally different from that of Flores, and that’s not a criticism on Flo’s part either, he could certainly command a room, but I think Mike relates to the modern player more. The Belichick, Parcells way of doing things doesn’t tend to work nowadays.

But as for the Dolphins ceiling? All in all, I think they are better than the Patriots and Jets in the AFC East, and on paper, I can see the team achieving 9 or 10 wins. But that’s not including Buffalo. If the team can compete with the Bills, then they can reach 11-12 wins in my opinion. If McDaniel can do what Flores couldn’t, then this is a playoff team, probably still through the wildcard seeds though.

I can’t see them going any further than perhaps the divisional round in the playoffs, and that’s because from what we’ve seen so far in his career, Tua’s not in the same category as the Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes’ of this world. At some point, he’s going to have to win by himself. I believe he’s got top 10-15 potential if McDaniel, Smith, and Bevell can do with him what they tell us they can, but I don’t think he can be those two.

Three RB Targets For The Miami Dolphins

Who Will Help Tua Tagovailoa?

By: Euan Leith

By all accounts, the Miami Dolphins had a successful 2020 season. They leaped forward as a franchise to finish 10-6 and missed the playoffs on the regular season’s final day. Head Coach Robert Flores has a great thing going on in South Beach as they enter the new league year, but they could do with some upgrades on the offensive side of the ball.

Running back was a particular spot where the Fins lacked consistency. Five different ball carriers made a start in Miami’s backfield, and they had nary a single runner crack 600 yards on the ground or 1000 total yards.

Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tua Tagovailoa combined for five rushing scores last year. As a unit, the Dolphins running backs had 10. Adding a running back should be high on their list of priorities when free agency opens on March 17th, especially if the team wants to continue their current trajectory and make their first playoff appearance since 2016.

Aaron Jones

2020 team: Green Bay Packers

All signs are pointing towards Jones not playing for the cheeseheads when the 2021 season kicks off. Adding this type of three-down back to the Miami roster makes too much sense. There are ways to line this contract up to take advantage of Tagovailoa’s rookie deal without hamstringing the franchise’s cap space in the future.

Jones was a fifth-round pick in 2017 and will be looking to get paid in March. The former-UTEP product deserves a big payday after two elite seasons of production in the Green Bay backfield.

YearCarriesRush YardsCatchesRec. YardsTotal yardsTotal TDs

Wherever Jones plays next season, he will have the opportunity to produce just as impressive a statistical year. Miami is an ideal destination because they have a stable of complementary backs that could spell Jones as Jamaal Williams did for the two years.

Chris Carson

2020 team: Seattle Seahawks

This may be the most unlikely candidate to take his talents to South Beach because I believe Pete Carroll wants to get back to running the ball and I think he trusts Chris Carson. However, should a divorce be coming in the near future, I think the 26-year old would be an ideal candidate in Florida.

He is one of five players all-time (and the first since 1996) to be drafted in the seventh round or later and produce multiple seasons of 1300 yards from scrimmage with nine touchdowns. Those kinds of hidden gems don’t just grow on trees. Miami is looking for something special in their backfield, and I believe Carson fits that mold.

There seems to be a popular narrative that he is solely a runner, but that is false. He’s one of nine running backs in the league to catch at least 37 passes each of the last two years and one of six that achieved that plus ran for at least 500 yards both years.

What I’m getting at is Carson probably doesn’t have the name value or national popularity that Aaron Jones has, but he can be a Jones-lite version. Plus, it will allow the Dolphins to save some extra cap money and still utilize the talent they found in 2020 with Salvon Ahmed and Myles Gaskin to rotate with Carson when needed.

Mike Davis

2020 team: Carolina Panthers

Davis is my favorite running back to add to this backfield. Although it would drive all the fantasy football managers in the world insane, having Davis in Miami makes a lot of sense. Kyle Shanahan has shown how rostering and consistently playing multiple running backs is a formula for success.

Davis, Gaskin, and Ahmed could become a lethal rotation of backs in today’s NFL. They can all run and catch the ball effectively, and it would magnificently disguise the Dolphin’s offense from a player personnel standpoint.

Pro Football Focus projects Mike Davis to receive a two-year deal for about $4 million per season. If you’re telling me that I can get a back for two years with his talent and then spend those savings on the rest of the roster, then it’s a done deal.


Miami has the luxury of going in several directions this offseason. If they want to go big at the running back position, several candidates can fill that void. However, if they want to discount shop, there will be plenty of running backs available to pair with the two young ball-carriers they already have on their roster.

My final prediction is they come over the top and offer Aaron Jones a big check to make him one of the faces of their offense for the next few seasons. A legitimate running game with Jones will immensely help Tua Tagovailoa by taking the pressure off to deliver the goods immediately.

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