5 Reasons Why Miami Dolphins’ Offense Will Surprise in 2014

5 Reasons Why Miami Dolphins' Offense Will Surprise in 2014

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The Miami Dolphins added Jarvis Landry, Knowshon Moreno and Arthur Lynch to an offensive unit looking to improve from its 26th ranking in 2013. With Ryan Tannehill returning as the team's starting quarterback along with other key weapons, Dolphins fans should expect the offensive unit to excel in 2014. Here are five reasons why Miami's offense will surprise in 2014.

5. Presence of Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor

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5. Presence of Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor

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With Bill Lazor as quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013, quarterback Nick Foles led the NFL in passer rating. Now that Lazor is offensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins, the playbook will be opened up, especially considering the weapons that the Dolphins have in Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Charles Clay, Knowshon Moreno and the newly-drafted Jarvis Landry.

4. Knowshon Moreno

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4. Knowshon Moreno

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Speaking of Moreno, the ex-Denver Broncos running back had over 1,000 yards rushing and 500 yards receiving, becoming the only back in franchise history to accomplish such a feat. With Moreno's skills in rushing, receiving and blocking, Lazor will have the opportunity to use the veteran running back in a variety of ways. This will benefit the rest of the Dolphins' skill position players on the field.

3. More Two TE Sets

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3. More Two TE Sets

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With the selection of tight end Arthur Lynch in the 2014 NFL Draft, expect the Dolphins to utilize Charles Clay and Lynch in two tight end sets. Two tight end sets are a favorite staple of Lazor's offensive formations, as Philly utilized both Brent Celek and Zach Ertz frequently in these sets. The Dolphins will look toward Clay for the big receiving plays, while Lynch is utilized in the short receiving game.

2. Jarvis Landry at Slot Receiver

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2. Jarvis Landry at Slot Receiver

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It shocked some to see the Dolphins draft Jarvis Landry with their second-round pick, but Landry excels at being a slot receiver who can get open underneath while moving the chains. If Landry develops the way the Dolphins hope in 2014, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline and Landry will form one of the most potent receiving trios in all of the NFL.

1. Ryan Tannehill's Improvement as a Passer

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1. Ryan Tannehill's Improvement as a Passer

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Due to the added weapons in Miami's offensive arsenal. the addition of Bill Lazor as offensive coordinator and the new wrinkles in the offensive playbook, Ryan Tannehill will improve as a quarterback in his third season. With Tannehill developing into a franchise quarterback, the Dolphins' offense will excel, which should lead to more victories and more than likely a playoff berth in 2014.


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