The Miami Dolphins had a myriad of problems in 2014 but none more bigger than the fact that they had trouble scoring touchdowns in the red zone and that they couldn't finish games when it mattered the most. Now, with a clean slate and a whole offseason to look at everything, the coaching staff and players are determined not to let history repeat itself in 2015.
"I think one of the things I feel best about the offseason program has been the situational work that we have done," head coach Joe Philbin said, "And we all know, I think I talked about it the first day, we did the red zone; how important it’s going to be for our success as a football team. Two minute – we got some of that work in. So those situational things are going to be real critical as we move forward as a football team. That’s probably the thing I’m – aside from the energy that the guys have brought, I think the vibe has been good on the practice field.”
Philbin went on to further emphasize that finishing the drive with a touchdown in the red zone is going to play a huge part as to whether the team is successful this season.
"I think you probably noticed we spent a lot of time in the red zone. It's an area that we, as we watched our cut ups from 2014 it's an area we've really got to improve upon. You know offensively we got down there a bunch but we've got to score more touchdowns and defensively we kind of finished in the middle of the pack in terms of efficiency down there. So that's one area that we did just a third down red zone period, all third down plays. Probably something we haven't done the first couple of years so just want to make an emphasis of it and a point of so I thought we had a lot of good work."
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill said that the entire organization has changed things in the way they prepare and analyze things. This new way of thinking, according to him, will allow the team to be more successful from top to bottom.
“I think the organization as a whole has kind of taken a step back and looked at how we prepare - is there anything we are doing throughout the season, throughout offseason training that is creating a wear down during the season. I think that is something that we have looked at as a whole organization-wise and team-wise. We have talked about once that time comes, put the foot on the accelerator and go. Honestly you can’t do anything about that now, but as far as training-wise and knowing what we want to accomplish I feel like the fire is as big as ever.”
If the Dolphins have really looked at their issues from 2014 and have changed the way they are preparing for the 2015 season, then they could easily add a few more wins onto their record and make a push into the playoffs.
This story was written by Matthew Cannata. Follow him on Twitter: @PhinManiacs
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