- Associated Press - Sunday, August 24, 2014

MIAMI DOLPHINS (8-8)

New faces: LT Branden Albert, DT Earl Mitchell, S Louis Delmas, RB Knowshon Moreno, OG Shelley Smith, CB Cortland Finnegan.

Key losses: DT Paul Soliai, OT Richie Incognito, CB Nolan Carroll, OL John Jerry, S Chris Clemons.

Strengths: DL, WR, CB.

Weaknesses: LB, OL.

What’s New: Dolphins more than just tweaked offensive and defensive schemes in offseason. Offensive coordinator Bill Lazor is implementing plenty of motion into attack, all designed to bring out strengths of QB Ryan Tannehill. Defensively, Miami has to be better against run after giving up 1,998 yards on ground. Improved tackling has been major emphasis.

Expectations: Bullying scandal that overshadowed last season is over, which means locker room should be better place. What happens on field, that’s still in doubt. Miami has made one playoff trip in last 12 years, and hasn’t won playoff game since 2000. If Lazor’s offense clicks quickly, that could change, though loss of DE Dion Jordan (suspended) for first four games could impair defense.

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