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Mike Pouncey expects Dolphins to be “great”

Mike Pouncey

Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey (51) during a time out on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 in Miami . (AP Photo/Rhona Wise)


An offseason of high-profile moves has confidence exuding from Miami. The latest to express that confidence is Dolphins center Mike Pouncey, who says he sees his team being not just good, but great.

“I think our football team is going to be great this year,” Pouncey said on NFL Total Access. “We added a lot of key additions to our football team. We look good on paper right now, but it takes chemistry to get where we want to be, and that’s in the playoffs.”

Pouncey specifically cited the defending AFC East champion Patriots as the team with a target on their backs, and Pouncey sounds confident that the Dolphins can knock the Patriots off this year.

“That’s what it’s all about,” Pouncey said. “Everyone wants to be just like the Patriots. They’ve dominated our division for a long time now. If you can go up there and win in Foxborough and beat the Patriots, you’re doing good.”

The gap between the Patriots and the Dolphins has been enormous in recent years. But after four straight years of sub-.500 records, the Dolphins are talking like they think they’ve closed that gap.