The NFL schedule will be released tonight at 8 p.m. (possibly leaked in certain outposts before then) and the Dolphins are very interested to see how their itinerary stacks up because they have a vision of specific things they want.
The team wants to be on the road the first weekend of the 2016 season.
The club last year requested early season road games because it allowed for Phase I construction at then Sun Life Stadium to be completed and gave the team ample time to make the facility ready for its home opener, which came the last weekend of September.
The Dolphins would like a similar grace period this year as Phase II of construction is adding a canopy to the stadium as well as updating and moving some broadcast studios, some suites and other areas. Simply, the Dolphins want to make sure they don't have to put up "Pardon Our Dust" signs for their 2016 grand re-opening.
The team also wants to have at least two of its three west-coast away games scheduled back to back. The reason for that is coach Adam Gase is wary of asking his team to travel to the west coast on three separate occasions, creating what he believes will be a competitive disadvantage for the team coming from South Florida.
Gase hopes the Dolphins can have back-to-back west coast games because that would allow the Dolphins to remain on the west coast the week between those games, minimizing the travel strain on players' bodies as well as on staff and the practice schedule.
The Dolphins are scheduled to play at the Los Angeles Rams, at the San Diego Chargers, and at Seattle in 2016. The trip between Miami and Seattle is the longest in the NFL for a game in the continental United States.
The Dolphins' away schedule includes Baltimore, Cincinnati, and the three division games at Buffalo, and the New York Jets, as well as the three west coast games.
The Miami home schedule will include games against Cleveland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Arizona, and Tennesee as well as its three division rivals.
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