Dolphins players ignoring dire predictions

The latest odds for winning the Super Bowl have the Browns at 75-1. And the Dolphins at 100-1.

The lack of faith in the Fins among gamblers has spread to the media, which has marked Miami as a team destined to struggle in 2018. Dolphins players are ignoring the noise.

If they don’t, no one will be surprised. If they do, Adam Gase could be on track to be named coach of the year — especially in light of the currently dire predictions.

Using a metric called pass-rush productivity, which PFF defines as a metric that measures the pressure created on a per-snap basis, with weighting toward sacks, the site can identify players who make the most of their opportunity to rush the passer. In this particular metric, McKinley was among the standouts.

McKinley was seventh in pass-rush productivity among qualified 4-3 defensive ends with fewer than 10 sacks, and he was the second-highest rookie on the list behind Myles Garrett, who was taken with the first overall pick in last year’s draft.

The Titans ranked No. 28 in pass defense last season. With the upgraded pass rush helping this upgraded back end, their overall improvement will parallel their expected jump in passing offense.

The Titans are keeping their pleasing color scheme but taking their franchise to the future with a sleek, modern look.

The shiny new threads won’t look as good if the players don’t perform. But with its continued roster improvement, Tennessee is dressed for more success.

Winston arguably still has the highest upside of any QB in the league given his arm talent and pedigree. The Bucs’ offense is set up to give him his best weapons yet, with tight end O.J. Howard and wide receiver Chris Godwin primed for second-year breakouts and rookie Ronald Jones III in the backfield.

The Bucs’ early schedule was Winston’s chance to reach the next stage of his trajectory while dueling Drew Brees, Carson Wentz (probably) and Ben Roethlisberger, regardless of whether the defense would (likely) cost his team all three games.

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