This is a staff with some really good assistant coaches, but can they work miracles? I know I wouldn't want to be Tony Wise, the offensive line coach. They drafted [tackle] Vernon Carey in the first round, and he can't even crack this mediocre lineup. A lot of people love Jeno James, the guard they got from Carolina; they call him a mauler, but he looks like just another guy to me. John St. Clair failed in St. Louis. Everyone raves about the athletic ability of Wade Smith, but I saw him struggling a lot last year.... They're kidding themselves if they go into the season with Travis Minor as their feature back. They're going to have to pick up somebody, but I don't know how much they're willing to trade for a back.... As for their quarterback situation, I like Jay Fiedler probably more than anyone else does. I think the guy will be O.K. if they just stop messing with him.... I like all three of their defensive tackles, Tim Bowens, Larry Chester and Jeff Zgonina. They have a good rotation going there, and I think that's the strength of their defense. No back ran for 100 yards against the Dolphins last year.
They're kidding themselves if they go into the season with Travis Minor as their feature back.
PROJECTED STARTING LINEUP with 2003 statistics
2003 RECORD: 10--6
NFL RANK (rush/pass/total):
COACH: Dave Wannstedt; fifth season with Miami (81--79 in NFL)