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Dan Marino says Dolphins aren't far off

Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Thursday from around the Web:

  • Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino tells Mike Florio on Pro Football Talk Live that the Miami Dolphins aren’t far off from competing.

Morning take: The Dolphins must first improve against division rivals, where they were 1-5 last season. That played a huge factor in Miami’s 6-10 finish.

  • Dave Hyde of the Sun Sentinel writes that the Dolphins could slash $40 million off their payroll.

Morning take: Plenty of roster cuts and restructuring will be coming this month. The team has holes and needs money available to fix them.

  • Alain Poupart of the Dolphins team site writes that Super Bowl trips were once routine for Miami.

Morning take: This team has a rich history under Hall of Fame coach Don Shula. But it’s been so long since the Dolphins were consistently good that many young fans don’t know enough of that history.