Mike Pouncey talks Tannehill, AFC East & Jake Long on NFL Network.

Mike Pouncey joined NFL Network's Total Access earlier tonight to talk about the team's off-season.  The three main things that he talked about that caught my attention were his comments about the man he snaps the ball to, catching the Patriots & his former line mate who now has a mailing address in St. Louis.

I'll work backwards here with some of his comments about Jake Long.  He stated that he tried as hard as he possibly could to convince Long to stay in Miami.  In the end we all know it came down to one thing, and that's Long's bank account not the words of Pouncey.  To me if the Dolphins kept Long it would of had to be at their price and I'm glad that they did not over pay for the recently often injured, former #1 overall pick.

When it comes to the division, of course is all about the Patriots.  It always has been since 2001 and always will be as long as #12 is under center up there in New England.  Have the Dolphins made enough moves to catch the Patriots?  Yes I think they have.  All the offensive and defensive weapons added to the 7-9 nucleus already in place could certainly be enough to catch the Patriots.  With a tough opening stretch to their schedule and it may take some time for those new pieces to gel, I'd look for the Dolphins to be the beasts of the east in 2014, and contend for a wild card in 2013.

Even with all the new pieces added this off-season the most important part to the Dolphins is still their young quarterback.  Pouncey stated they will go as far as Ryan Tannehill will take them, and Pouncey is right.  Tannehill is the most important part of the Dolphins offense, and arguably the whole team.  He will need to continue to grow as a quarterback for Miami to be a playoff team in 2013.  I think Tannehill will in fact do that, he will have a better season then his rookie campaign.  Of course there may be some difficult stretches and games but I expect him to make great strides.

Billy Dowling