Since Tom Brady arrived in New England over ten years ago, the AFC East has been largely dominated by the Patriots with a few exceptions. In 2005 the Dolphins won the division behind Chad Pennington, Tony Sparano, and the new "Wildcat" formation after Tom Brady was out for the year with injury.
However, the Patriots have held a stranglehold on the division ever since. So far this year the Patriots are off to a familiar 2-0 start, but so are the Dolphins. Unlike New England, Miami is not familiar with being atop the division, and this is something that Joe Philbin and Ryan Tannehill hope to become more and more acustomed to in the coming years.
With back to back road wins, the Dolphins have completed 25 percent of their road schedule and came out feeling pretty good about it. "We've got a helluva team in the making" said coach Joe Philbin after his team's gutsy 24-20 win in Indianapolis in week 2. To suggest that the Dolphins are legit contenders for a Super Bowl is lofty and frankly unrealistic.
However, it seems that the Dolphins have finally become a team to threaten the Patriots in the AFC East, and be a ten win team for the first time in eight years. New additions like Brent Grimes, Mike Wallace, Danell Ellerbee, and rookies Dion Jordan, and Caleb Sturgis have propelled the Dolphins to a great start, but they will face their toughest test in the first six weeks in week 3 when they play the Falcons from Atlanta. Hoping for a 3-0 start for the first time in a decade, the Dolphins are about to find out exactly what they are made of.