Some bottom lines as to what has been happening over the last, can you believe it, just 2 weeks now:
the Dolphins are clearly making changes and starting at Offense. The previous season will not be tolerated. This is the Miami Dolphins and not some other team that can stomach losing.
It is no accident that David Lee has moved back to Ole Miss to coach and that Dan Henning has coincidentally just retired again, after the dolphins come in 30th on the list of 32 NFL Offenses in point production. And obviously, the Dolphins being the Dolphins at least Administratively, they’ve said nothing at all about these changes and seem to pretend that “the fans won’t really notice untile later”. Makes one wonder about the smarts of Mr. Ross and Mr. Ireland sometimes (as in last week when they claimed surprise at the media coverage of their Head Coach interview process). But all of this aside, changes are occurring and for good reason. And these 2 in particular- Ross and Ireland are planning to move the Fins into a better situation, albeit clumsily.
So now interviews have already begun for a new OC and will start soon for a new QB Coach as well.
The 2 prior office-holders were responsible for the offensive production. Period. Not even talking about blame here. Just fact: those 2 posts are responsible for the Offensive production. And the development of Chad Henne was woefully behind and seemed even retarded, in fact. I mean no disrespect by use of this word. But Henne did not, not, not continue to develop but instead has regressed. Could he, with the coaching received by David Lee, even helm a High School offense successfully? Problem is that this right now would be a question mark! It’s not certain that he can run any offense right now, given the way he has been coached to play. And I know that I’m stating the obvious, which is very sad….
Here is what is coming: a major overhaul of the offense and a major overhaul of the QB position. I can guarantee you also that there will be at least 5 QB’s in camp and am sure this will include 1-2 free agents with experience. What I cannot guarantee is whether we will see Chad Pennington through Training Camp. But I will proffer this idea (which some have stated before): what about Pennington in some type of coaching role?
As well, there will be pursuit of a Running Back to replace Ricky Williams. Say bye-bye to Ricky. He is a talented player and is not retiring, by the way. But he is done in Miami unless something changes in a major way in his personal universe. But as a note – he is definitely better than Marshawn Lynch who recently demonstrated for the Seattle Seahawks what the power of a running game can do when used effectively.
Offensive changes thus far (if you’re keeping track at home): New OC, new QB coach, more competition at QB and potentially a new QB, new RB. And you can expect a further shake-up of the Offensive Line so that the best players get some playing time together – and this will mean John Jerry back at starter most likely, and changes with Ritchie Incognito and Joe Berger. The Fins definitely now have some talent along the line but need to gain consistency and stability.
What about the Defense? I’ll tell you in my next article!