By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on July 5, 2014
The Miami Dolphins split the season series with the AFC East Champion New England Patriots in 2013. In a thrilling Week 15 victory, Miami defeated New England with a red-zone defensive stand in the closing minute of the game. However, the Dolphins would lose their last two games against AFC East rivals and miss out on the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Here are five reasons why the Dolphins won't win the AFC East in 2014.
The Bills and the Jets defeated the Dolphins by a combined score of 39-7 in the last two games of the 2013 season. Fast forward a season later, and both the Bills and Jets got better during the offseason. The Jets finished 8-8 last season, while the Bills finished 6-10. With all three of these AFC East teams being so evenly matched in terms of personnel in 2014, it will be hard for the Dolphins to muster victories from within the division.
In reality, this has been the case for the past 13 years. The New England Patriots have won the AFC East 10 of the past 12 seasons. In fact, the Patriots have not had a losing record in any single season during that time frame. Although Tom Brady will be 37 years old this season, and the Patriots' window to win with him is closing, 2014 will continue to be yet another season of AFC East dominance for New England.
Mike Wallace is perhaps is the best home run threat of any wide receiver in the NFL. Despite this being the case, Ryan Tannehill lacks deep throw accuracy. Although 2014 looks to be a better year in terms of chemistry between Wallace and Tannehill, the fact remains that Tannehill is just not a good deep-pass quarterback. The fact that both Wallace and Brian Hartline lack physicality and the ability to attract double teams is also a deterrent.
Over the past month, the Dolphins have suffered the worst misfortune of any team in the NFL. That sounds about atypical for a team that has gone through a lot of misfortune over recent years. The Dolphins lost starting center Mike Pouncey to hip surgery, and he'll be out for the first month of the regular season. Dion Jordan was suspended for four games, and will also miss the entire month of September.
More importantly than anything else, the Dolphins simply lack cohesion along the offensive line. This was the case in 2013, when they allowed an NFL-high 58 sacks. The most important aspect in today's NFL is the passing game. If you can't control a game through the air, chances are, you won't be a very good team. Ryan Tannehill won't be able to pass if his offensive line once again fails to give him the time to do so.
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