The Miami Dolphins finished the 2013 season at an average mark of 8-8. They were just on the outside of the AFC playoffs, but when you consider all that went on in South Beach last fall, it’s a wonder they got as close as they did.
Coming into 2014 it was clear that the Dolphins had to do some serious upgrading on their offensive line. With Jonathan Martin being traded out of town and Richie Incognito‘s status hanging in the balance, Miami made a solid move by acquiring OT Branden Albert.
Now the team has gone out and made another free agency splash with the signing of running back Knowshon Moreno.
Even though Moreno was coming off a career-year with Denver in 2013, there were few teams reportedly interested in his services. Why, is anyone’s guess. But it’s most likely because teams felt his numbers were inflated by the great Peyton Manning.
There’s no doubt the Dolphins needed to improve their backfield in 2014. While Moreno isn’t a top-tier back, you can certainly argue that he’s better than any current back on the Miami roster. Lamar Miller and Daniel Thomas underwhelmed in 2013, combining for a total of 1,115 rushing yards. Moreno on the other hand, racked up 1,038 yards on the ground.
Clearly, the 26-year old back is an upgrade for the Dolphins. But is he going to be the difference in Miami making the playoffs or not in 2014? I’m not quite buying that.
The Dolphins are only truly going to be at their best if Ryan Tannehill continues to progress at QB. Miami ranked 20th in passing last season (222.0 YPG), and that more than anything else, has to trend upward in South Beach. Moreno will help the Dolphins reach that proverbial next level, but he alone isn’t going to automatically make them a playoff team.