Miami Dolphins will be in the NFL playoffs in 2014 if…

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In case you haven’t noticed, the state of professional football in Florida has been in a state of disarray as of late.

For what it’s worth, we haven’t seen the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFL playoffs since 2007.

The Miami Dolphins are right there as well. Since stunning the league in 2008 with an 11-5 record and an AFC East title—just one year after finishing 1-15—this once-proud franchise has failed to post a winning campaign each of the last five seasons.

These days, it is head coach Joe Philbin at the controls and he continues to have his work cut out for him. For the second straight offseason, the Dolphins were one of the busier teams during free agency. Hopefully it works out better than a year ago when with a chance to get back to the postseason Miami wilted with a pair of season-ending losses, relegating them to 8-8 and third place in their division.

However, hope rings eternal. This is a club with its share of intriguing pieces. It wouldn’t be shocking to see them all come together this upcoming season.

This is the 19th part of a 32-team series in which we’ll look at the “if, and & but’s” of each team’s chances to make the postseason.

Which means Miami will be in the playoffs for the first time since 2008…

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