The Miami Dolphins entered this offseason with money to spend and boy are they spending it. According to a report by Chris Wesseling from NFL.com, the Miami Dolphins are in on Elvis Dumervil. So far Dumervil has had offers on the table from the Ravens and Broncos, but recent reports have the Dolphins in on Dumervil too. If the Dolphins sign him they will have a pass rusher to get after Brady on critical third downs. Even though Brady was rated number one against the blitz last season, it is always good to have a guy that can get in there when you’re only bringing four or five guys. Dumervil averages over 10 sacks per year in his six seasons.
Just a few of the names the Miami Dolphins have signed Mike Wallace, Dannell Ellerbe and Dustin Keller. They have also picked up a bunch of good depth guys, which the Patriots have always done pretty well. I’ve tweeted it and I’ll say it here, the Dolphins are the Patriots biggest threat in the near future for the AFC East; they have had an awesome offseason so far adding talent.
It also isn’t too big of a stretch to say that because the Bills are a joke and the Jets still have not hit rock bottom just yet. The Jets will have hit rock bottom when they trade away their best defensive player in Revis, but until then they are just plain horrible. The soft nature of the AFC East has hurt the Patriots in my opinion because six games out of the year have been against this division that has been horrible for quite some time. In the 2012 season the Dolphins, Jets and Bills win-loss record was just 19-29. This leads to the Patriots having to win a minimal amount of tough games throughout the season and stunts the growth of younger players.
The Patriots are still far better than the Miami Dolphins at this point, but look for the dolphins to split with the Patriots this season and have a record good enough to make a wildcard spot. The Dolphins had a plan this offseason and have executed that plan well.