Well, the good news is the team answered a lot of those questions. Yes, Adam Gase is different. Jay Ajayi has everything it takes to be a true bell cow running back. Suh is most definitely worth the contract he was given. As it pertains to Pouncey, it at least looks positive going into this upcoming season.
As we are on the brink of this new season yes there are many obstacles to overcome. When you lose the following: Franchise QB for the year, one of your starting guards for an extended period of time, starting middle linebacker for the year, and a vital piece in your secondary... your entire roster is put behind the 8-ball.
However this team still has a ton of talent in the right places to be successful. Such as...
Offensively: For all of the naysayers about Jay Cutler, I think we are actually going to have a better year offensively with him, rather than Tannehill. Cutler seems to excelwhen he is surrounded by the ones who he trusts the most (shocking, I know.) Adam Gase is someone who he trusts, and is comfortable with, and I think Cutler will have his best statistical season, ever. When it comes to the wide receiver position there are not many teams that would take their top 3 guys over our top 3 (Landry, Stills, Parker.) The ceiling for this trio is extremely high and as I am sure I am no different than any other Dolphins fan in that I believe all 3 will have huge years. Also, we have upgraded our Tight End situation with the additions of Julius Thomas, and Anthony Fasano as well.
Defensively: One of our weakest spots last year was the defensive line. With the additions of Charles Harris and William Hayes I believe that weakness has been well addressed. I love the addition of Lawrence Timmons, as he will bring a true veteran mentality week in and week out to the linebacker corp. In the secondary, the additions of Nate Allen, T.J. McDonald, and Alterraun Verner will help Matt Burke in his first season as defensive coordinator.
Lastly, we cannot forget about Adam Gase going into his second season as a head coach. He is the first head coach that we have had, in quite a long time that I trust with nearly every decision that he makes.
I look forward to the game tonight, and I look forward to what the rest of the season has in store. Buckle up Dolphins fans… it is going to be one heck of a ride. GO FINS!