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07:06 AM ET 08.12 | A new week dawns, and Miami has some work to do. [There] are still issues as fundamental as picking starting personnel at a handful of positions that need settling. The club has yet to fully decide on a starting running back, starting right guard, starting defensive tackle next to Paul Soliai, starting cornerback opposite Brent Grimes, and perhaps even starting defensive end opposite Cameron Wake. At running back, it's obvious Lamar Miller is the presumed starter but he hasn't exactly wowed yet, despite enormous potential to do so. ... Daniel Thomas, who has been given a smaller share of first-team snaps in practice, has avoided the turnover but also hasn't impressed in two games. Thus, we've got a no-decision so far. Offensive coordinator Mike Sherman today said the competition is "pretty close."

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Joe Philbin, Icon Sports Joe Philbin, Icon Sports
August 12, 2013  07:29 AM ET

And some people actually picked them to finish first in the AFC East.

August 12, 2013  07:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

And some people actually picked them to finish first in the AFC East.

I'm still picking them to finish second. If they do that, everyone on the team gets a cute little plastic trophy. It's important to be a starter, though, because sometimes they run short and instead of a football player you get a girl playing tennis or a diver.

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August 12, 2013  08:48 AM ET

That's a lot of positional openings for a team expected to contend for a playoff berth.

August 12, 2013  08:53 AM ET

With a little luck, Miami might just put themselves in the same league as the Jets. It's a sad lot for a once proud franchise.

August 12, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Well, at least Tannehill is looking good so far.

August 12, 2013  09:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm still picking them to finish second. If they do that, everyone on the team gets a cute little plastic trophy. It's important to be a starter, though, because sometimes they run short and instead of a football player you get a girl playing tennis or a diver.

Nope.... Them and the Jets will be fighting for last place in the division while the Bills and Patriots duke it out for the division title.

August 12, 2013  09:35 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well, at least Tannehill is looking good so far.

That'll change once the season starts. His O-Line is the main reason they'll crash and burn this season.

August 12, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

I'm still picking them to finish second. If they do that, everyone on the team gets a cute little plastic trophy. It's important to be a starter, though, because sometimes they run short and instead of a football player you get a girl playing tennis or a diver.

That's reasonable. Bills/Jets are more of a mess.

August 12, 2013  11:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

That's reasonable. Bills/Jets are more of a mess.

Agree about the Jets, but the Bills are my dark horse in that division.

August 12, 2013  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Agree about the Jets, but the Bills are my dark horse in that division.

Think the Bills will be a big surprise in the division this year.........

August 12, 2013  12:30 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Think the Bills will be a big surprise in the division this year.........

Why? Because suddenly Kevin Kolb will become a decent qb or EJ Manuel will play lights out as a rookie? Don't think so on either count.

August 12, 2013  12:47 PM ET
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Why? Because suddenly Kevin Kolb will become a decent qb or EJ Manuel will play lights out as a rookie? Don't think so on either count.

The only lights-out play you're likely to see is the next KolbKussion.

August 12, 2013  01:29 PM ET
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The only lights-out play you're likely to see is the next KolbKussion.

Very nice DD!! GO PATS!!

August 12, 2013  02:36 PM ET

Da Patd are going to eat Dolphin for Breakfeast this year!!!

August 12, 2013  02:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Da Patd are going to eat Dolphin for Breakfeast this year!!!

Da Pats!!!

August 12, 2013  04:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Think the Bills will be a big surprise in the division this year.........

Ooh, just like last year!

August 12, 2013  04:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Well, at least Tannehill is looking good so far.

So far.

August 12, 2013  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Ooh, just like last year!

The surprise will be how fast they're on the clock.

 
August 12, 2013  11:08 PM ET

doesn't this happen with all 32 teams?

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