Written by Luis Sung | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
The Miami Dolphins made an attempt to become a finesse-oriented team and it didn't really work all that well. Now the team is going to try and become a tougher team once again, and they mean it. Many of the new players and coaches that have arrived this season have reputations for being physical with their play and teaching physical techniques.
Safety Louis Delmas is known as "The Missile" because of his reputation for hitting people so hard that he sometimes injures them...and at times himself.
Koa Misi as the middle linebacker puts a certain toughness in the middle of the field, as Misi has a history of getting involved if a fight breaks out; he doesn't back down and he will get physical.
Cortland Finnegan is not only known as a physical player, but he has a reputation for getting under people's skin. Everyone knows the story of how Finnegan managed to tick off star wide receiver Andre Johnson back when Finnegan was a Tennessee Titan. Finnegan will hopefully bring that attitude with him here and he'll regain his Pro Bowl form, which so far it appears he has.
That paired with the signings of OL coach John Benton who is installing a cut-blocking system, and the aggressiveness of Bill Lazor's offense which has Tannehill making plays with his legs rather than trying to "protect" him by keeping him in the pocket, all the signs are there that the Dolphins have the intent of being a physical football team again. Whether they will or not remains to be seen.