So whom should the Dolphins pick in the NFL draft? The Miami Dolphins haven’t had an elite quarterback in over 15 years. The time is now for a first round QB if available. Cam Newton, the Auburn Tigers quarterback, is a quality pick for the Fins to draft at QB if the draft gods allow him to come Miami’s way. Projections at this point see him going much earlier than where the Dolphins fall.
Drafting Newton would almost guarantee that Ronnie Brown be let go. Newton would helm the wildcat better than Brown, bringing a fierce passing threat. Defenses would need to prepare for both the pass and the run, which may sound something like the Pat White experience. But Newton is the Heisman Trophy winner with an established record and stats while White was, well, just okay.
So where does the Miami running game go from here? Since quarterback is the main priority in the draft, a veteran running back along with Miami hopefuls Lex Hillard, Patrick Cobbs and Lousaka Polite would lube up a rusty running game. Ricky Williams would likely sign for his last NFL season. Since the running game has been piss poor this season, there’s nowhere to go but up.
Miami’s offensive line has been troubled since major injuries hit across the line. It has without a doubt effected the running game due to a lack of forceful up front, second and third tier blocking for the backs. So where does the O-line go from here? With 7 of the 12 O-line players under five years of experience, Miami might not need to draft high for any replacements. The inexperience of the younger players will hopefully flourish in the off-season. Moving Richie Incognito to center early Sunday proved fruitful for the Fins too. It’s likely he will be resigned and quite possibly switch positions with Joe Berger, who has struggled at center at times.
There will always be needs for improvement in all departments of a football team, regardless of how they perform. As Kate Moss once said, ‘you can always be skinnier.” Truth told, the Miami defense looked like a bunch of rookies in the beginning of the season, but looked synced, raw and down right scary half way into the season. Trading cornerback Jason Allen was a good thing. Sean Smith hasn’t developed at the rate that Vontae Davis has, but he’s coming along. Davis hasn’t been a question mark at all this season and will likely become a pro-bowler sooner than you could say it. Remember, he’s only 22 years old. Defensive coordinator Mike Nolan has done a stellar job and Miami coaches should follow his lead.
I digress to show more distain for offensive coordinator Dan Henning as I’ve done lately. He should be fired – he should have been fired long ago – if not leave under his own omission. The fans want it, the journalists know it and so does Sparano. Enough said.
I digress to speak about how impactful it would be for the Dolphins to hire a caliber coach like Bill Cowher as I did in my article last week. Sparano is liked and will likely receive another season to prove his worth without Bill Parcells standing on his coattails, but its not everyday a coach like Cowher becomes available and starts knocking on your door either. For that reason alone the Miami Dolphins should hire him. Not because Sparano is an awful coach, but because Cowher is a better coach and a proven winner. There’s not much to prove with 1 game to go against the New England Patriots who will likely lay down their guns. The Miami Dolphins organization should start thinking about making changes now.
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