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Sunday column: The nuances of 2009 success

What will define success for the Dolphins in 2009?

Is it the ability to do 2008 one better and make the playoffs, only this time winning in the postseason? Is it repeating as the AFC East champion? Or will success for your Miami Dolphins be defined with more nuance than that?

In my column today I explore how we will define success for the Dolphins this coming season.

I define success as improvement. And I would argue improvement might not lead to a better record or taking a step further in the playoffs.

I would argue the Dolphins might be better in the coming season than they were a year ago. They might prove to be a more complete team. And they might get worse results than they did last season.

Anyway, check out the column and tell me if you agree or disagree with the premise.

I am already in Dana Point, CA and will be covering the NFL Annual Meetings from here until Wednesday. I will bring you the latest from owner Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who will address the media Monday, and coach Tony Sparano, who will do the same Tuesday morning.

Why do I tell you this? So you'll check back often for updates, of course.