2. Joe Philbin
The Miami Dolphins went 8-8 for the second year in a row, showing that they are a mediocre team. Like I’ve said before the NFL is about Super Bowls and mediocre teams won’t cut it.
Philbin has had control over his team for three years now and has had a below par record of 23-25. They seem to have a franchise quarterback with Ryan Tannehill consistently improving in almost every category after each season. His completion percentage went up six percent last year as well as his touchdown/interception ratio has improved from 24/17 to 27/12 in just over a year.
They also now have a solid running back with Lamar Miller who had 1,099 yards last season. In the offseason they practically threw out their whole wide receiver corps with the exception of Jarvis Landry. They got younger with the addition of Kenny Stills and the drafting of Devante Parker possibly giving them an overall better wide receiver outlook. This offense is what Joe Philbin wanted mirroring his old Packers offense in a way. They also made a big push on defense signing the best defensive tackle in the league Ndamukong Suh making them a possible top 5 defense in the league.
My point is that Joe Philbin has the team he wants and must have at least a 10-6 record to keep his job. 10-6 should be a good enough record to make it to the playoffs but the AFC is strong with so many teams that could go 10-6 as well possibly kicking the Dolphins out of the playoffs.