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Wilcots Likes Where Dolphins Are Heading
By on January 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Philbin NETake a step back, and things look a lot different. With Joe Philbin’s arrival and Ryan Tannehill’s ascension, it was a franchise-altering year for the Dolphins.

CBS Sports and NFL Network analyst Solomon Wilcots wasn’t around the team every day, but he saw plenty of the Dolphins — making an offseason stop in South Florida and calling a few Dolphins games for CBS — and feels the team is making some strides.

Wilcots spoke with Jesse Agler during Super Bowl week in New Orleans and offered a national take on the franchise’s progression.

“This football team, with a few good drafts under their belt, the development of young talent and not relying on free agency as much, I think you’re going to see the Miami Dolphins return,” Wilcots said. “It’s not going being anything fast and swift, but over time they’ll get there.”

In a transition year, Miami received breakthrough years from guys like Reshad Jones and Brian Hartline, which helped a team that was trying to establish an identity. For Wilcots, though, it all starts at the top. When he visited South Florida to take in the Dolphins mini-camp in June, Wilcots noticed things were different at the Dolphins facility, namely the way Philbin ran his practices, and he was impressed.

“I just love the organization, and what Coach Philbin brings is this Tom Landry type of organization,” Wilcots said. “And everyone is really moving in the right direction.”

If the Dolphins are going to be annual playoff contenders, they will need a steady presence under center. It’s too early to tell whether he’ll be that guy, but Wilcots liked what Tannehill brought to the team during his rookie season.

“I think the quarterback play was elevated, at the end of the day, during the 2012 season,” Wilcots said. “Tannehill is going to continue to get better.”

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