In 2011 the Miami Dolphins won six games during the regular season. The team has replaced their coaching staff and changed their philosophy on offense/defense. That transition will not be complete for at least a few years.
The first problem Miami has is the lack of talent at the wide receiver position, especially after they traded away Pro Bowl wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the Chicago Bears. Their starting quarterback, barring any significant injuries, will be Matt Moore or David Garrard.
Neither of those options or the rookie Ryan Tannehill are quality starters for this upcoming season. Basically the team’s best player is their left tackle Jake Long, but offensive linemen don’t score points and they don’t prevent the opposition from scoring them either.
Another problem is the defense is switching from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and don’t have the ideal personnel for that formation. If the team could surpass last year’s record of six games, then it would be a sign of good progress.