Dolphins 2008 Gambling Preview June 26th, 2008
By: NFL Handicapping Staff
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NFL Futures Betting – 2008 Miami Dolphins Wagering Outlook
While the 2007 Miami Dolphins, (1-15 SU, 5-8-3 ATS, 9-7 O/U) narrowly avoided becoming the first team in NFL betting history to go an entire 16-game regular season without winning a single game, posting an atrocious 1-15 record in former head coach Cam Cameron’s first and only season at the helm, Miami’s lost season could actually turn out to be a blessing in disguise, for both – the franchise itself – and the Top Sportsbooks NFL online sports wagering population that likes to wager on the Dolphins.
While Miami’s ineptitude in 2007 ultimately coast Cameron and former general manager Randy Mueller both of their respective jobs, it did force Dolphins’ owner Wayne Huizenga, one of the most likable owners in any sport, to reevaluate where his franchise was heading, an eventually hire two-time Super Bowl winning head coach Bill Parcells – a man who has repeatedly proven he knows how to build a winning team, as the overseer of the Miami’s rebuilding plan.
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Now, the Dolphins head into the 2008 NFL betting regular season headed in a new direction, with two new leading men who are both football lifers of the same mind in Parcells and new head coach Tony Sparano, formerly Parcells’ right-hand man with the Dallas Cowboys, each man’s previous NFL employer.
While Parcells will try to get the Dolphins back to respectability by running the team’s day-to-day operations, including drafting, scouting, free agency and the like, Sparano is charged with getting the ‘new’ Dolphins to play Parcells/Sparano type of football, meaning, smash-mouth, old-school football.
Sparano and Parcells will have their work cut out for them as they mold their new team into a bigger, more physically imposing group, particularly along the offensive and defensive lines, while simultaneously improving the team’s core of linebackers as both coaches are 3-4 oriented strategists that like to make use of swift, hard-hitting linebackers that can run sideline-to-sideline and fill gaps with bone-jarring tackles like nobody’s business.
Even with Parcells and Sparano now leading the way, a large chunk of the Dolphins’ success or failures in 2008 will likely rest at the feet of whomever the team names as its starting quarterback, from a trio of quarterbacks that are all largely unproven in the NFL, including veteran Josh McCown, second-year signal caller John Beck and rookie draft pick Chad Henne, three players who all have more questions swirling around them than actual answers.
While quarterback play will be a major concern heading into the 2008 football betting regular season, the Dolphins have nearly as many question marks with its young roster at every position, although they certainly have the making of a fine offensive line with No.1 overall draft pick, tackle Jake Long taking over at left tackle and moving gifted lineman Vernon Carey over to the right side next to veteran guard Seth McKinney and Samson Satele at center.
The Dolphins will also have a new set of starting wide receivers in 2007 first round pick Ted Ginn Jr. and former Jacksonville Jaguars wideout Ernest Wilford, a big target who didn’t get much playing time in four season with the Jaguars and averaged just 35 catches per season.
One plus for the Dolphins is that they have two bruising running backs that have each rushed for over 1.00 yards in their careers, in veteran Ricky Williams and younger back, Ronnie Brown who is returning from ACL surgery.
Defensively, the Dolphins will have an extremely young secondary, but will likely be better than expected with what could be a solid defensive line and four experienced linebackers all capable of making big plays, led by veteran Joey Porter.
Here is a look at the Dolphins 2008 Draft Picks, followed by their 2007 team statistics and 2008 NFL Odds in the Our best Sportsbooks.
Round 1 (1): Jake Long, T, Michigan
Round 2 (32): Phillip Merling, DE, Clemson
Round 2 (57): Chad Henne, QB, Michigan
Round 3 (66): Kendall Langford, DE, Hampton
Round 4 (110): Shawn Murphy, G, Utah State
Round 6 (176): Jalen Parmele, RB, Toledo
Round 6 (195): Donald Thomas, G, Connecticut
Round 6 (204)*: Lex Hilliard, FB, Montana
Round 7 (245)*: Lionel Dotson, DT, Arizona
288.1 yards per game: Rank 28
190.6 passing yards per game: Rank 23
97.4 rushing yards per game: Rank 23
16.7 points per game: Rank 27
342.2, total yards per game: Rank 23
188.7 passing yards per game: Rank 5
153.5 rushing yards per game: Rank 32
27.3 points allowed per game: Rank 30
2008 NFL Odds
+2000 to win AFC East
+8000 to win AFC Championship
+8000 to win Super Bowl XLIII
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