After months of hype, Florida State Seminoles fans will learn Monday night if prized quarterback Jameis Winston can deliver when FSU battles the Pitt Panthers in Pittsburgh.
The Miami Dolphins put their faith in the untapped ability of rookie defensive end Dion Jordan. The Fins traded up in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft to acquire Jordan and that means the expectations for are elevated as well.
When the preseason got started for the Miami Dolphins, most assumed the defense would be solid enough to keep the team in games. Through two preseason games, the Fins defense looks like a shell of its former self.
The one area the Miami Dolphins were hoping would be solid in the upcoming season is the defense. The Fins have switched defensive philosophies from the 3-4 to the 4-3 under new coordinator Kevin Coyle and there’s little room for error in a stacked AFC East.
After Tony Sparano was fired, and Mike Nolan was not retained by the Miami Dolphins, things were changing quickly for the team. That change may include a completely revamped defensive philosophy.
When the Miami Dolphins look at their offseason priority list, none is bigger, literally, than nose tackle Paul Soliai. The 6’4”, 355 pound Soliai is the key to the 3-4 defense the Fins run.