The Miami Dolphins season is over. We don’t want to relive that embarrassment. With a head coaching search underway and a new general manager, all that’s left is a ranking of the players.
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I’m not going to rank all 53 players on the team. It would be absurd. So we will go with the starters and primary or key back-ups and also do this by position. It’s easier to read, less conjecture and debate, and frankly, it’s much easier to rate the players against their peers.
That being said, we will do a top five list of the entire team on the last page. Just to say we didn’t sell you short!
Ryan Tannehill – Well, it’s kind of hard to rank Tannehill anywhere but number one considering that he was the only quarterback who played this season. Tannehill quietly threw for more yards this season than last. The media made a big deal out of Tannehill’s 2014 4,000 yard passing season but this years 4,208 yard season has gotten little fanfare. It’s his 2nd season in a row of over 4,000 yards. Tannehill also threw for 24 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His TD’s were down this year from last, a drop of three but the INT’s remained the same. Overall despite changes in coaching mid-season, twice, offensive line issues, and his own issues, Tannehill came out of the season pretty good. Especially for a guy who has been sacked as many times as he has.
1: Lamar Miller – Miller failed to reach the 1,000 yard mark this year coming up 128 yards shy. This isn’t Miller’s fault. The Dolphins embarrassingly abandoned the run all season and it’s hard for any running back to gain statistics when the offense is managed and coached so poorly. When he was given the ball Miller showed why he is such a solid talent. A talent that Miami seriously needs to try to retain. Miller will be a free agent this off-season. Miller contributed a combined 10 touchdowns on the season and added over 350 yards receiving to his total.
2: Jay Ajayi – The rookie missed the first half of the season injured, was slowly integrated back onto the field, and the exploded when given the chance winning over most of the fan base. Ajayi doesn’t have great stats but he doesn’t need them this year. What he had was solid North and South running with a lot of hard-hitting conviction. More often than not, the first defender was unable to take Ajayi down. With a better offensive line and a full 0ff-season healthy, Ajayi could be a superstar in a few more years.
3: Damien Williams – Like all running backs on the Dolphins roster, Williams suffered by lack of opportunity. Williams ran the ball only 16 times in 2015 and was targeted 28 times in the passing game catching 21. He simply didn’t get on the field enough.
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