It’s been a long time coming for the Miami Dolphins, but the on-field product is looking better than it has in years. Despite the lingering stadium concerns, fans of the team have to feel pretty good heading into 2013. With a potential franchise quarterback in place, and an offseason full of solid acquisitions, the Dolphins are starting to get some attention as a possible playoff team this season. But where do they stand in their own division, the AFC East?
The division has been dominated by the New England Patriots over the last decade, and it’s very unlikely they don’t win the crown again in 2013. Miami has improved, but not quite to the level of New England. However, this does finally seem like the year where we’ll see them separate from the bottom of the division. The New York Jets are basically a mess right now, and the Buffalo Bills are completely switching gears at quarterback. Both teams, seem like long-shots to make the playoffs.
Top to bottom, it’s apparent the Dolphins are the second best team in the AFC East. Even though I don’t think this will be the year where they challenge the Patriots, I do think the Dolphins will make a good run at the postseason. Playing in the wide open AFC, with a ton of fresh new talent on the roster, the time is now for Miami to establish itself in the conference.
It’s a shame the stadium issues have to cloud what’s otherwise been a fantastic offseason for the franchise. All fans can do is concentrate on next season, which is looking pretty bright so far.
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