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Three Questions About the Dolphins as Training Camp Gets Closer

Following a season in which the Dolphins went 7-9 and struggled to score points, the team made a change at the top with a new coach to hopefully generate some excitement.

Now that the calendar has turned to July, the start of training camp is closing in and things are ramping up for the franchise to get ready for 2019.

Today we take a quick look at three questions about this team as they get set to embark on what they hope will be a better season with new energy on this team.

1. Can Brian Flores Steer the Ship in the Right Direction?

After dismissing Adam Gase after the season, the team went after top assistant Brian Flores, who comes over from the champion Patriots.

“Two things that stand out immediately when you meet Brian are his football intelligence and leadership skills,” General Manager Chris Grier said. “Brian is widely respected throughout the NFL.”

The team needs to get the taste of Gase out of its mouth after a couple poor seasons, and they are hoping that Flores is the guy to get them there.

If he can remains to be seen.

2. Who Starts Under Center?

The team has rid itself not only of Gase, but also of quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who went 5-6 as a starter and the team dealt to the Titans in the offseason.

The club will start the year with veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick, acquired QB Josh Rosen, and likely third-string QB Jake Rudock.

In OTA’s Fitzpatrick was the better QB, and he’s got the inside track to be the opening day starter. Rosen has plenty to prove but the team did felt he was worth making a deal for.

The likely way it will go is that Fitz starts the season, and if he falls apart the team will look to Rosen to pick up the slack.

3. Can the Defense Find Its Voice?

The Dolphins last season were not very good in holding teams down when it came to scoring points, as they ranked 27th in the league allowing 27.1 points per game.

After the somewhat surprising 3-0 start, the team allowed games of 38, 27, 28, 32 and 42 points in losing four of the next five games.

The team is hoping that Flores can inspire this defense and give them some energy. The team will look to Kiko Alonso, Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker to turn this D around in 2019.

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One Response to “Three Questions About the Dolphins as Training Camp Gets Closer”

  1. Berdj Joseph Rassam says:

    There is only so much that Flores can do in year 1 to turn this ship around. His new QB choices are themselves historically mediocre. And the defense has much room to improve, almost too much. A 9-7 or 10-6 season with a Wild Card berth would be a phenomenal improvement for the Phins.

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