The Miami Dolphins had one of the most active offseasons in franchise history. New head coach. New defensive coordinator. Many new faces on defense, including three of four defensive linemen and three of four members of the defensive backfield.
Probably not bad ideas after a 4-12 record.
"I'm not here to predict championships," Coach Nick Saban said at his introductory news conference in January. "I'm here to formulate a process that helps people be successful. If we can do that, then we are going to put ourselves in a position to win a championship sometime in the future. The technical aspects of what we need to try and do, to bring the best possible players into this organization, who fit together the best, who have the best team chemistry that we possibly can so we can have a successful organization and a successful team that can compete for a championship."
Saban hired Richard Smith to be his defensive coordinator, and the organization added a slew of defensive players, including defensive tackles Keith Traylor and Vonnie Holliday, defensive end Kevin Carter and safety Tebucky Jones. Jones and Yeremiah Bell, a sixth-round pick in 2003, replace departed starters Sammy Knight and Arturo Freeman. Rookie Travis Daniels appears to be the leading candidate to start at cornerback opposite Sam Madison after Patrick Surtain signed with the Kansas City Chiefs.