How Long Can The AFC East Hold Off Miami?


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It’s just a matter of time! It will start this year, year two of the Miami Dolphins total rebuild. It’s as plain as the nose on your face, the Miami Dolphins are on a  meteoric rise to the top of the AFC East. 

After a 2019 season that saw both the worse and the best of what a Brian Flores lead team can do, when you compare what he was able to accomplish with a roster depleted of talent and made up of street free agents, practice squad hopefuls and rejects and or bust that the Dolphins were giving another shot to prove their worth.

They somehow managed to come together and gain a measure of respect as the season moved on, and Brian Flores was even being mention by some as a legitimate candidate for Coach Of The Year (Well Mostly By Me)

There was great anticipation towards the 2020 offseason as the Dolphins were in a great position to add much-needed talent to the team as GM Chris Grier really loaded up the team with Cap monies and Draft Picks and much to my surprise the Dolphins were very aggressive the day free agency started.

By the time it was all over the Dolphins added 10 quality free-agents: Clayton Fejedelem, Ereck Flowers, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Jordan Howard, Byron Jones, Ted Karras, Shaq Lawson, Emmanuel Ogbah, Elandon Roberts and Kyle Van Noy. They also added 11 draft picks QB Tua Tagovailoa, OT Austin Jackson, CB Noah Igbinoghene, OL Robert Hunt, DL Raekwon Davis, S Brandon Jones, G Solomon Kindley, DL Jason Strowbridge, DE Curtis Weaver, LS Blake Ferguson, WR Malcolm Perry.

That’s 21 players added to the team that upgraded the roster and brought about some hope that the Dolphins will be extremely competitive this 2nd year of their rebuild. The changes that have taken place in the AFC East has also created a measure of hope as the biggest change was the departure of QB Tom Brady from the New England Patriots.

Amidst the pandemic, there has also been a surprising number of New England Patriots players who have opted out for the season further creating a sense that New England might find it difficult to dominate the AFC like they have the past two decades.

The Bills and Jets are also in the process of rebuilding and Buffalo did make it to the playoffs last season and looks to have a slight edge to be the favorite to win the AFC East this year. Their fans sure feel excited about their prospects.

It’s a real possibility that the AFC East is up for grabs and that Miami just might find themselves in the hunt for the AFC East title, it will depend on how quickly the team can get on track with the new additions to the roster. The veteran Free agents will adjust quicker than the rookies and being that there was no training camp and preseason games it will make for a difficult transition for the rookie class.

The Dolphins are a team on the rise and from the GM and Coach there is a level of confidence in the direction they are headed and it just a matter of time before the AFC East will be owned by Miami.

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