Can Dolphins survive tough 2013 schedule?

February, 19, 2013
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The Miami Dolphins are one of the teams to keep an eye on in 2013. Miami was a competitive 7-9 last season with more than $40 million of cap room and 10 total draft picks.

The Dolphins have plenty of resources to improve their roster and potentially make a playoff push next season. But here is the big question: Can the Dolphins handle their brutal schedule?

Miami has the eighth toughest strength of schedule in the NFL in 2013. The schedule includes six games against playoff teams. The Dolphins will play the reigning Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Cincinnati Bengals and New England Patriots twice. Miami also has tough road games against non-playoff teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers and New Orleans Saints, who were close to posting winning seasons.

The Dolphins are a young team still learning how to win under first-year coach Joe Phibin and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They will have to show growth by beating playoff contenders, which is something the Dolphins struggled to do last season.

Miami general manager Jeff Ireland has the important task of building the Dolphins into a contender. Miami needs to use all its resources to beef up its roster in order to compete and thrive against this brutal schedule next season.

 

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ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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