Top Ten Miami Dolphins Of 2013: Number Nine

As we make our way to the top Dolphin of the 2013 season, we begin this article with Randy Starks as the ninth ranked Dolphin of the season.

Randy Starks entered the 2013 season on last year of his contract at the age of 30.  The season started off on a funny and bird like during week one at Cleveland, Starks gave the bird to the coaching staff. There has been a lot of frustration this year due to Jeff Ireland not willing to negotiate with Starks on a new contract allowing him to hit the open market now.

A lot of decisions need to be made for Dennis Hickey, does he retain the ten year veteran or the seven year veteran Paul Soliai? Many believe Soliai will be the one kept allowing Starks to get his final pay day.

2013 Statistics:

Tackles: 49 Total (36 Solo/ 13 Assist)

Tackles For Loss: 7

Sacks: 4.5

Fumble Force: 1

Fumble Recovered: 1

Starks is one of the league’s best defensive tackles, his stats in the box score do not mirror the production he outputs. One thing I am holding against him this year is the Dolphin defense ending the season ranking 15th in yards per carry but 24th in rushing yards. That is a drastic decline when comparing the defense to last year.  Like I said individually he is great but I am ranking him ninth this year due to the struggle the team had in the trenches.

Throughout the season and his tenure Randy Starks has been a standout, one of the lone bright spots remaining from the Bill Parcells era. New GM Dennis Hickey will have to make a decision on who to keep, if he chooses to let Starks walk, he will greatly missed.