Jay Cutler taking snaps with the Dolphins may get all the headlines, but the backs he hands off to will be just as important. Ajayi and Drake should do more than enough to keep defenses from teeing off on Cutler and the passing game.
True, big offseason signing Lawrence Timmons might already be on the way out after going AWOL this weekend, but an assortment of linebackers that couldn't stop a nosebleed
5. Head coach Adam Gase is the real deal. If there is one thing that last season's amazing turnaround taught Dolphins fans, it's that no matter the circumstances, Adam Gase is the right coach leading the team forward. Last year, a 1-4 start had many fans already looking ahead to the NFL draft, but Gase and his staff were able to turn it around and finish 10-6, making the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
Gase has a history of making chicken salad out of chicken shit too. He did it in Denver when he was the offensive coordinator and Tim Tebow was thrust into the starting role. He did it in Chicago when he helped turn Jay Cutler into a competent quarterback who no longer turned over the ball. He did it again last season, even after a 1-4 start and Tannehill's injury. And he's already started this year by leading the team to a week-one win in L.A. that easily could have been a frustrating loss after the Hurricane Irma frustration.
No matter what comes the Dolphins' way in 2017, they have a great shot at making the playoffs for the second year in a row with Gase calling the shots.