Early scouting report: Miami Dolphins

The Sun will take a look at all 13 of the Ravens' 2010 opponents. Today's early scouting report is on the Miami Dolphins, the Ravens’ opponent in Week 9:

Head coach: Tony Sparano (18-15 overall record)

2009 record: 7-9


Biggest addition: WR Brandon Marshall. He was the biggest addition to the Miami sports scene this year before LeBron arrived. Acquired in a trade from Denver, the disgruntled wide receiver is also only one of five players in NFL history to catch at least 100 passes in three consecutive seasons.

Key loss: DE Jason Taylor. The six-time Pro Bowl player took his leadership and seven sacks to the rival New York Jets. Cameron Wake, a former CFL star who had 5 ½ sacks last season, has the early edge to replace Taylor.


Question mark: Will the Dolphins young CBs improve this season? The pressure will be on Vontae Davis and Sean Smith to establish themselves this season. Miami allowed 17 completions of 41 or more yards last season.

Projected 2010 finish: 9-7, third in the AFC East. This might be underrating the Dolphins, who have a chance to be one of the surprise teams in the AFC. The offense will be much improved with the addition of Marshall, the return of a healthy RB Ronnie Brown and the development of QB Chad Henne. But that still won't be enough to draw fan attention from the Miami Heat.

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