Dolphins: What Happens Now?

The Miami Dolphins put a wrap on the 2005 NFL season with a win over the New England Patriots. Although the Patriots pulled their starters after the first quarter, the game came down to a final 2-point conversion attempt by the Patriots third-string quarterback throwing to a guy just signed off the practice squad the day before. Nick Saban believes it's time to revamp things in Miami, including the defense.

Saban Expects To Make Changes

PHOTO: Miami Dolphins coach Nick Saban's headset falls over his eyes as he yells from the bench during first-half NFL football action against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Sunday, Jan. 1, 2006. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Dolphins coach Nick Saban acknowledged Monday that significant personnel changes could be coming to his roster in the offseason.

That includes a potential change at starting quarterback, where Gus Frerotte led the Dolphins to a 9-6 record in 15 starts in 2005.

"There is no doubt that quarterback is a critical position in every organization," Saban said. "That really has to be something that we look at to make a good assessment on how we move ahead at that position. We like all of the quarterbacks that we have here, but if we get an opportunity to improve the quality at that position, we most certainly will."

Quarterback isn't the only area the Dolphins are focused on improving.

"Even though our offensive line did a really good job this year, it is an area of our team that we may be able to add something to that might enhance it even more, especially with the kind of running backs that we have and the skill players outside and productivity that we can have," Saban said. "That is definitely an area that we want to evaluate.

"Defensively, we are older and we need to get more younger players. I think making good choices and decisions about the older guys and whether they can continue to play ... I don't think we have an older guy on our team who is not capable of continuing to play. I think the issue becomes, can they do it and sustain it for the season? Those are the tough decisions that we have to make, but we are going to have to do that with defensive players because we need to get younger."


--Dolphins players and coaches were admittedly stunned when New England quarterback Doug Flutie became the first NFL player to successfully convert a dropkick for an extra point since 1941. The play was designed to honor the 43-year-old Flutie, who is expected to retire at the end of the season.

"We couldn't figure out what was going on," said Saban, whose team used a timeout before the kick. "They've got a quarterback in, four tight ends and a receiver -- I might be off by one on that -- and there was no kicker. I thought they were going to run some kind of quarterback sweep or go for two (points).

"I'm kind of pleased to know someone can still dropkick. When I was a kid, we all practiced that. I thought it was a lost art. Flutie showed his age on that one."

--After posting a 28-26 victory over New England, the Dolphins (9-7) will draft No. 16 in April's draft.

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