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Q. Andy, as we saw in the Super Bowl, defense wins championships, even with poor quarterback play. Who or what do we need to have a dominant defense? @Giaruse
AC: Hard to dispute your point after seeing what the Broncos did. The Dolphins need more difference-makers on defense. I’m talking about special players. See, there is a pretty good nucleus already here. You have
Q. Now that he is eligible for next season, will Jason Taylor be the next Dolphins player inducted into the Hall of Fame? @jeromebarker2
AC: I certainly believe Taylor is deserving. Kevin Greene, a player with similar skills as Taylor, just got in. Not taking anything away from Greene, but he didn’t force 46 fumbles or score nine touchdowns as Taylor did. Jason Taylor was a dominant player for a long time. He was Player of the Year one season. I’m not going to tell you that he will be a first ballot Hall of Famer, but he’s going to get in at some point. Like those poor offensive linemen trying to block him, who’s going to stop him?
Q. It is obvious pressure makes good quarterbacks play bad. What’s more important, protect Tannehill or get pass rushers? @kellerchris13
AC: Can I have both? Sorry, just being greedy. I would give protecting Tannehill a slight nod, but only very slight.
Q. What makes Adam Gase different than the last three Dolphins head coaches with no head coaching experience? @sheldonbeddow
AC: First of all, every situation is completely different. You can’t put people under one “no head coaching experience” umbrella. Look at Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh. He was never a head coach before taking over the Steelers. There are many more examples. It’s all about the person, not the other guy. Gase has taken an unusual path here. I like his pedigree. I like his mentors. I like the time he spent with Peyton Manning. I like the fact that so many rave about his smarts. With all of that on his side, he certainly deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Q. Andy, do you think the ‘Phins will re-sign
AC: I would like to see him back as well. But a lot depends on what the Dolphins do in the draft and free agency combined with which dollars makes most sense (trying to be cute). Some tough fiscal decisions lie ahead for this team. There is a balancing act that must take place. Miller will be a part of that. By now, the Dolphins have a clear picture on what he is capable of doing.
Q. Andy, don’t you feel sorry for Mike Shula, not getting his Super Bowl ring with Carolina? @viviansdfan
AC: Sure I do. But remember two things: At least he made it that far and, with Cam Newton as quarterback, I like his chances to get there again.
Q. What position group do you believe the Dolphins need to address the most heavily this offseason? @FinsAlex
AC: Alex, a lot depends on which current players are retained. Just looking at the roster that ended last season, I see a wide assortment of areas that need attention. In no particular order: Offensive guard, back-up offensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback and safety. With so much going to change in a hurry, please write that down in pencil.
Q. Andy, what do you make of Clyde Christensen, the new offensive coordinator? He seems to have a great resume. @phylisb37
AC: I was very impressed with Christensen in his introductory press conference. He seems firmly grounded and far more interested in helping this team than advancing his career. He will help Adam Gase big time. He will be an excellent resource. With Gase calling plays, a coach just like Christensen was exactly what he needed.
Q. Andy, shoot us straight: how important will the 2016 season be for
AC: Crucial. Is that straight enough? This will be Tannehill’s fifth season. He took a nice step forward from 2013 to 2014, but was more inconsistent last season. Now he’s got Gase and Christensen working with him and you get the distinct feeling both believe Tannehill has what it takes to be a top-tier quarterback. Now he’s got to show it on the field. His time is now. And Tannehill would be the first to tell you that.
Q. Andy, name two young players on the roster you expect big improvements from next season? @willierodgerstheman
AC: I’ll go with cornerback
Q. I say focus on offense this offseason and set up Ryan Tannehill to succeed. Last chance. Worry about defense in 2017. @bb88dollar
AC: I respectfully disagree. The Dolphins need to focus on both sides of the ball, not just offense. Improve the defense, create turnovers, and suddenly Tannehill is in a far better position to succeed with a short field. One helps the other. The defense, as well as offense, must be addressed this offseason.
Q. Andy, look into your crystal ball: What do you see for
AC: I see double-digit sacks. I see a dominating player. Am I dreaming? I don’t think so. Cam Wake is an unusual player, an unusual person. His commitment level is off the charts. He is in incredible physical condition. I am well aware he turned 34 years old about a week ago and he’s coming off a torn Achilles. But I’ve seen players far less talented than Wake come back strong from that injury. I really believe he’ll do it.