Miami Dolphins – Season 2013 review
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The Miami Dolphins modernized themselves in 2013
The 2013 NFL season was the 48th in the franchise’s history and 44th in the National Football League. Miami Dolphins updated both its logo and much of the team during off-season in order to modernize its looks and to attempt to change its luck. With Joe Philbin remaining as the head coach for a second season expectations were high.
Despite having an estimated space of $45 million in their salary cap the team failed to re-sign their biggest star, running back Reggie Bush. Their tight end Anthony Fasano and offensive tackle Jake Long also opted for change of scenery which left team vulnerable in certain positions. However the team’s former starting quaterback Matt Moore, wide receiver Brian Hartline and one of the most important players in defensive team Randy Starks remained in Miami. But the biggest success during free agency period was the capture of wide receiver Mike Wallace, considered one of the most valuable players in the position.
All these changes resulted in preseason in which Dolphins secured only two wins against Jaguars and Saints. Three losses meant that there is still a lot to do with the team and that coaching staff will have to pull off some wonders to secure playoff place. In September when the season finally started it looked like Dolphins are finally on track and that everything fell in the right place. First three weeks brought three successive wins. Colts and Browns were defeated in away games while Falcons fell on Dolphins home turf, the Sun Life Stadium. Sadly for Dolphins four weeks between September 30th and October 27th showed weaknesses in the team and they were unable to score one single win in that period. After that team never truly recovered and achieved 5-4 record afterwards with all games being closely contested. Only notable win came against Jets, were Dolphins truly outplayed defensively their opponents and secure 20-3 win. But the last two weeks were grim for the Dolphins franchise as they lost Bills and Jets in a rematch on their own turf. They team ended the season with 8-8 record which was insufficient to reach the playoffs. That meant that Miami will miss postseason games for fifth consecutive year.
Finishing the season only third in division and tenth in conference was disappointing and owner Stephen Ross acted almost immediately. General Manager Jeff Ireland was therefore sacked only week after season ended with Dennis Hickey, former member of Tampa Bay Buccaneers backroom staff being appointed.