But in reality, the best way for the Dolphins to make the playoffs in 2012 is to maintain stability this offseason. Look at how much the offense under Moore and Brian Daboll improved over the course of the season. Look at how Mike Nolan’s defense dominated opponents last year after some early breakdowns. And now how think of how much better each unit can be next year with stability on the coaching staff and a full offseason program to work together.
Instead, the Dolphins will likely turn over most of the coaching staff. Nolan is in high demand as a defensive coordinator and will be unemployed for about two seconds if the Dolphins decide to part ways. Daboll’s name is floating around Kansas City as a potential candidate to reunite with Romeo Crennel from their days in New England and serve as his offensive coordinator. The Dolphins’ assistant coaches will then scatter across the league, perhaps several of them landing in New York to work under Sparano, now the Jets’ offensive coordinator.