The Miami Dolphins got off to a terrible start last season, losing seven of their first eight games. They managed to turn things around and finished the season with a 9-8 record, but they failed to make the playoffs.
Despite their turnaround, the Dolphins fired head coach Brian Flores in the offseason and hired former San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike McDaniel as their new head coach.
The Dolphins finished last season averaging 20.1 points per game, which was 22nd in the league. They gave up 21.9 points per game, which was 16th in the league.
Miami made a splash in the offseason, trading for All-Pro wide receiver Tyreke Hill, who will be paired with Jaylen Waddle, who led the team with 1,015 yards and six touchdowns, which will give quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, who is a make or break year, the most talented pair of receivers he’s ever had.
Their running game was one of the worst in the league last season, with the team averaging 92.2 yards per game. They brought in three new running backs in Chase Edmonds, Raheem Mostert and Sony Michel, and they’re hoping McDaniel can fix their running game, which will take a lot of pressure off Tagovailoa.
Miami’s defense improved in the second half of the season and they finished the season forcing 26 turnovers, which was eighth in the league last season. With most of their core coming back and the addition of former Georgia linebacker Channing Tindall, expect them to improve this season and make a push for the playoffs. However, with a lot of the teams in the conference improving in the offseason, they likely won’t make the playoffs, which is why their Super Bowl 2023 odds is currently +6000.