With Training Camp in full swing for the Miami Dolphins this is the time of year to start looking at different ways to improve. The Dolphins defense struggled at crucial times in 2016, especially against the run. This season changes to the defensive philosophy may be in order.
The Miami Dolphins had a resurgence in the 2016 season, finishing at 10-6 and making the Playoffs for the first time since 2008. First year Head Coach Adam Gase brought a new found energy and confidence to the team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. Miami rediscovered their running game thanks to a breakout season from Jay Ajayi and a rebuilt offensive line. Ajayi was the third highest rated back according to Pro Football Focus finishing the season with 1272 yards and a stellar 4.9 Yards Per Carry.
Things were not so rosy on the defensive side, Miami finished the season ranked 30th against the run and 29th in Total Yards Allowed. Injuries to Reshad Jones and Xavien Howard forced Defensive Coordinator Vance Joseph to shuffle the secondary and the pass defense was exposed, especially late in the season and in the playoffs versus Pittsburgh.
There were bright spots such as Cameron Wake turning back the clock and tallying 11.5 sacks. Kiko Alonso resurrected his career and had his best season since his Rookie of the Year campaign with Buffalo in 2013 making several game changing plays during the year.
Joseph showed enough promise as a Coordinator and was offered the Head Coaching position with the Denver Broncos. His Linebackers Coach Matt Burke was promoted to the Coordinator position after Miami’s season ended. He is expected to use the…
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