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Five Things That Went Right for the Miami Dolphins in 2014

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5. Ryan Tannehill proved he is the best Miami Dolphins quarterback since Dan Marino; the decade-and-a-half search for a QB is over.

Last Sunday's four-touchdown performance was the icing on the cake; Ryan Tannehill is the answer at the quarterback position for the Miami Dolphins. Tannehill needs 224 yards against the New York Jets this Sunday to top the 4,000-yard mark, by far his best season as a pro.

At some point this season, the switch flipped on for Tannehill and he bagan to put it all together. Was it Joe Philbin publicly insinuating that he might turn to backup Matt Moore? Was it the addition of Dan Marino in the film room and on the practice fields more often? Who knows. What Dolphins fans do know is that moving forward, the team can safely look at other holes to fill and feel confident that the man under center is capable at the very least of not being the reason they lose games.

4. Rookie wideout Jarvis Landry showed he is the real deal and is so much damned fun to watch.

Jarvis Landry has made a splash in his rookie campaign, totaling 79 catches, 703 yards, and five touchdowns in 2014. Landry is a feisty, confident, sure-handed wide receiver -- something it feels like the Dolphins haven't had in years. Dolphins fans have become all too used to their team pissing away second-round picks, but Landry put an end to that conversation; he's as legit as they come.

Landry is a big reason why Mike Wallace has been able to score a career-high ten touchdowns this season, as teams have had to account for him underneath in the red zone. The Dolphins wasted no time getting Landry involved this year, and it will be fun to see just how much better he can get with an NFL offseason under his belt.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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