Insiders: The Dolphins New Look and New Attitude

The Miami Dolphins have been known for two things under Dave Wannstedt's tenure — A team that runs, and a team that hasn't had a decent quarterback since Dan Marino retired. In spite of having a pretty solid defense, Miami hasn't been able to find that balance necessary to seriously threaten the Patriots' lock on the AFC East.These aren't the same ole' Dolphins. A new coaching staff brings in a new attitude, and a new look.

PHOTO: Miami Dolphins' Chris Chambers (84) hauls in a pass for a first down as Arizona Cardinals' Duane Starks (28) makes the stop in the first half Sunday, Nov. 7, 2004, against the Miami Dolphins in Miami. (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Insiders: The Dolphins New Look and New Attitude
By Staff

After watching the big-play capability of Minnesota's offense the past two years, it's understandable why Dolphins wide receiver Chris Chambers is so excited about playing his first season in new offensive coordinator Scott Linehan's system.

Linehan is installing a scheme that will include a deep passing game, something the Dolphins have sorely lacked since making Chambers a 2001 second-round draft choice.

"Me and the other receivers get a chance to spread the field a little bit and go down the field," Chambers said after a recent minicamp. "We have a lot of options throughout the offense. Once we get it going, I think we'll be pretty successful with it."

During his four-year career, Chambers has flashed the potential to become one of the NFL's most productive wide receivers. But in what was a run-heavy offense under ex-coach Dave Wannstedt, Chambers has yet to post a 1,000-yard season or catch more than 69 passes in a given year.

Chambers may ready to take that next step under Linehan, who has helped in the development of wide receivers Randy Moss and Nate Burleson while coaching in Minnesota. But what also excited Chambers is the versatility in Linehan's offense to spread the football to a host of different receivers.

"It'll mean a lot because everybody got the opportunity to get the ball with Minnesota," Chambers said. "I think that's encouraging for our receivers just knowing when we go out there its not just one guy getting all the balls."

Chambers also is excited by what he perceives as a new attitude among Dolphins players coming off last season's 4-12 campaign.

"We had a horrible season," said Chambers, who finished with 69 catches for 898 yards and seven touchdowns. "The best thing for us to get back on the field. No one's complaining about the extra time we've spent out here (in offseason practices). Everybody's fresh and enthused and ready to go. It's definitely going to be a new look for the Miami Dolphins."

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