Hello folks, this is the Rainman here. After months of waiting, football season is around the corner. Though I'm sure many are excited and giddy with anticipation, many fans have at least a few questions and concerns about their team(s). Though there are many questions to be asked, yours truly has decided to ask just one question per team. We kick things off first with the AFC East Division.
2. Miami Dolphins (2011 Record: 6-10)
Question: Which Dolphins Quarterback will be under center in the first regular season game?
In the 2011, the Miami Dolphins started off the season by losing their first seven. However, they were able to finish strong going 6-3 in their next nine. During the winning streak, QB Matt Moore passed for 2,497 yards, 16 TDs, and put up a QB rating of 87.1 to cap off what was considered to be an abysmal season.
This offseason, the Dolphins brought in Free Agent QB David Garrad and drafted Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill in the first round. Though Garrad missed the entire 2011, he was named the starting quarterback going into training camp with Moore and Tannehill listed as backups. With two capable starting quarterbacks and a 'QB of the future' waiting in the wings, it seems there is an ever growing pod of Dolphin QBs in Miami. But sometimes having too much of a good thing can have some undesireable effects on your team.
4. New England Patriots (2011 Record: 13-3)
Question: Is the window of opportunity closing for the Patriots to win another Super Bowl?
The Patriots have surprised many this offseason. Taking on the role as the aggressive buyer in the offseason, grabbing free agent WRs Brandon Lloyd, Jabbar Gaffney, and Dontae Stallworth. They also added Bobby Carpenter and Will Allen, while drafting two highly touted pass rushers in Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower. That being said, there's the possibility that WR Wes Welker could walk at the end of the season and the looming fear of QB Tom Brady possibly retiring in a year or two. If you combine the fact that the Patriot's defense is still young and trying to find its identity in the vastly improved AFC East. Though the Patriots were able to make it to the Super Bowl in 2011, but can they have the same amount of success in 2012? Or has that window closed on them? We will soon find out.
Up next, the AFC North.
-Ryan L. Fox
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