Let's open the mailbag to see what's on the mind of Miami fans.
Walker: It's been quiet on the contract front with Ryan Tannehill and many of Miami's potential candidates for an extension. This will be an interesting offseason for several Dolphins players, but we will address that when the time is right. In terms of Tannehill, he's under contract for 2015. He will be the starting quarterback next season. The biggest question is what will Miami do with Tannehill's fifth-year option? It's pricey at approximately $15 million for 2016, and that could prompt extension talks this offseason. With the amount of decent (but not great) quarterbacks getting huge contracts, I'm very curious to see where Tannehill's price point lands. If those numbers aren't favorable for the Dolphins, they could just pick up the option and see where Tannehill is after two additional seasons.
Walker: It's in the "lost and found," and Miami better find it fast if the team wants to remain in the playoff race. The Dolphins currently hold the final wild-card spot in the AFC via tiebreakers. But there is a six-way tie where anything can happen. Miami has allowed 478 rushing yards in the past two games, and coaches and players say it can be fixed. It's mostly an issue of fundamentals and physicality. The Ravens, who have the NFL's fifth-ranked run game, will be a strong test.
Walker: I don't expect to see the same trio of Philip Wheeler, Koa Misi and Jelani Jenkins next season. There will be changes, and there should be. Jenkins came on strong this year and is a tackling machine. He will remain as a starter entering his third season. That makes Wheeler or the injured Dannell Ellerbe expendable. Both have big contracts and underperformed. I expect at least one of those linebackers to be a cap casualty in the offseason. The coaching staff loves Misi and he usually grades high. But I think Miami should consider drafting a natural middle linebacker.
#DolphinsMailBag do u think we can finish this season and make the playoffs?? Last year didn't go well— Richard A Hawkins Jr (@Richboyhawkins1) December 4, 2014
Walker: This is the question everyone wants to know, and I'm just going to let it play out. The Dolphins have a chance. They have three of their final four games at home and need to get to at least 10 wins. But there are so many teams in the running that it becomes a tough numbers game. Sunday's game against Baltimore is huge and close to a playoff eliminator.