The Miami Dolphins improved significantly in Brian Flores’s second season at the helm and finished with a 10-6 record. While Miami is frustrated with falling short of its goals it has a lot to build on to make another run at the wide-open AFC East in the coming years.
The Dolphins rolled the dice by benching a pretty successful Ryan Fitzpatrick for Tua Tagovailoa and went 7-3 with the rookie under center. The Alabama product had plenty of shaky games but Miami’s dynamite secondary kept things competitive most weeks. Tagovailoa has a long way to go but as a passer but has quality weapons like Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin, and DeVante Parker at his disposal.
Miami has a few things it needs to address this offseason and much of it deals with the offense. Gesicki and Gaskin helped make up for the subpar production of receivers not named Parker, so a quality WR2 could be of use. The Dolphins’ young offensive line could also use an upgrade. They have the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and have a chance to select the top wideout or offensive lineman in the class.
The Dolphins will face AFC East opponents six times, half at home and half on the road. In addition, they draw matchups against all four teams from the NFC South and AFC South. The NFL is expected to add a 17th game to the regular-season schedule that will feature an inter-conference matchup with a similarly placed team. The Dolphins would face the NFC East.
Home: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans
Away: Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans, Las Vegas Raiders
17th game: vs. New York Giants