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Morning take: Can Dolphins catch the Patriots?

Here are the most interesting Miami Dolphins stories Tuesday from around the Web:

Morning take: Miami has chased New England for 14 seasons. The Patriots have quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick, and that's been their biggest advantage over the Dolphins.

  • Omar Kelly of the Sun Sentinel writes Dolphins defenders aren't making any excuses for their poor performance down the stretch.

Morning take: The proof is on tape that Miami’s defense struggled down the stretch. The group gave up 32.5 points per game in the final six weeks. That must be corrected.

Morning take: Several draft experts have the Dolphins taking Washington linebacker Shaq Thompson. I agree that would be a good pick to help their struggling linebacker corps.

  • Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post wonders how far the Dolphins are from winning the Super Bowl.

Morning take: It's hard to think in those terms with an average team. Miami was 8-8 last season. Making the playoffs in 2015 is the next step.