The Miami Dolphins have been working hard in the offseason and in training camp to improve the dismal turnover differential from a season ago. The organization has acquired players to specifically improve turnovers on both sides of the ball. The Dolphins must make it a priority to increase turnovers on defense and take care of the ball on offense in order establish themselves in the AFC East.
“If you ask me why we were 7-9 last year, I would say minus-10,” head coach Joe Philbin said, according to FoxNews.com. “That’s the starting point of everything. It’s the starting point of our offense, and it’s the starting point of our defense.”
Miami’s defense recorded just 16 takeaways (10 interceptions and six fumble recoveries) in 2012, which was the fourth worst in the NFL. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill only tossed 13 interceptions last season. However, the Dolphins posted 25 fumbles with 13 of them lost. Obviously, 26 turnovers are not ideal for a team looking to reach the playoffs. All in all, Miami’s minus-10 turnover differential was good for 22nd in the league.
There is no question the Dolphins are counting on Tannehill to take care of the football. If he can limit his mistakes then the rest of the team will follow in his footsteps, especially since the coaching staff has been preaching it all summer.
“When you look at the games the Dolphins won last year, Ryan didn’t have outstanding stats, but they were good solid stats,” former quarterback Chad Pennington said, according to FoxNews.com. “And sometimes when he threw for big yards, you’d look at the turnovers, and that’s what cost them the game. That’s what I think he has learned the most — that he doesn’t have to look pretty, but it has to be effective and efficient and consistent.”