It was business as usual in the AFC East last season, as New England won its seventh straight division title on its way to playing in a fifth straight conference championship game. Should we expect anything different this year? Perhaps since it’s a given that Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the season and the Patriots also traded away their best pass rusher in the offseason (Chandler Jones).
Believe it or not, the Miami Dolphins have not qualified for the playoffs since 2008. The same Dolphins franchise that consistently made the postseason under former legendary head coach Don Shula in the 1970s through the mid-90s.
The calendar has turned to July, which means it’s almost time for the NFL to get back to business. The regular season doesn’t start until Sept. 8, but teams will open training camp later this month, officially starting the path for what eventually will lead to Super Bowl LI in NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.
Regroup and reboot. That’s been the annual ritual at the Davie headquarters for more than two decades, since the Dolphins’ last appearance in an AFC Championship Game. They haven’t even appeared in the postseason since 2008.
Once upon a time, many draft experts expected Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to be selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. After some controversy and more character-related concerns surfaced prior to the start of draft, he slipped out of the top 10 entirely.
After a disappointing 6-10 showing in 2015 despite making several big moves, the Miami Dolphins could use a lot of help in a number of areas. That's one of the reasons new head coach Adam Gase decided to swap first-round draft picks with the Philadelphia Eagles to acquire linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell in a trade.