Miami Dolphins: 2013 NFL Midseason Report AFC
The Miami Dolphins (4-4) enter the midpoint of their season as a .500 team. There have been plenty of ups and downs in the first eight games.
Here is a look back at Miami’s first-half grades:
GRADING THE MIAMI DOLPHINS
|Quarterbacks||Ryan Tannehill has more turnovers (14) than touchdowns (11) after eight games, and that's not good enough. Playing behind one of the NFL's most inconsistent offensive lines is the primary reason Tannehill's first-half grade remains respectable.|
|Running Backs||Until recently, the coaching staff didn't give Lamar Miller enough carries. But Miller and the Dolphins are running the ball much better lately, amassing 313 rushing yards as a team the past two weeks.|
|Wide Receivers||The Dolphins haven't figured out how to get Mike Wallace going consistently. But Wallace, Brian Hartline and the injured Brandon Gibson (knee) all notched at least 30 receptions in the first half of the season.|
|Tight Ends||This has been a pleasant surprise for Miami. Charles Clay (32 receptions) has made up for the loss of Dustin Keller, and even young backups Dion Sims and Michael Egnew are contributing. However, pass blocking remains a concern.|
|Offensive Line||The pass protection deserves an "F" with 35 sacks allowed. But the trade for Bryant McKinnie could make a difference in the second half of the season. The run blocking also has improved recently now that Miami is plowing forward instead of running sideline to sideline.|
|Defensive Line||The deepest area of the team has underachieved after eight games. The Dolphins need a healthy Cameron Wake to consistently dominate and for No. 3 overall pick Dion Jordan to earn more opportunities in the second half of the season.|
|Linebackers||The big-money additions of Dannell Ellerbe and Philip Wheeler haven't made the immediate impact Miami hoped for. The Dolphins have struggled at times defending the middle of the field against tight ends and slot receivers.|
|Secondary||Cornerback Brent Grimes has been a stud and Dimitri Patterson makes plays when healthy. But the safety play and overall depth have been lacking. It may be time to give rookie Jamar Taylor and/or Will Davis a shot.|
|Special Teams||Punter Brandon Fields is having another Pro Bowl-caliber year, and rookie kicker Caleb Sturgis got off to a fast start before his recent struggles. The kick return and coverage teams have been decent.|
|Coaching||Joe Philbin and his staff were slow to make adjustments during their four-game losing streak, particularly on offense. The offensive coaching staff, led by Mike Sherman and Jim Turner, has struggled. The Dolphins need to do better to maximize their talent if they want to make a playoff run.|
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