Miami Dolphins off season is a blueprint to position themselves for 2020
Almost every move the Miami Dolphins made seems to have next off-season and the top QB pick in mind.
This is coming from a fan who has wanted the Miami Dolphins to win and win now going back some forty years. I have seen the fans who every season want the team to always trade back and or tank the season. That was never my mindset but I have been swayed somewhat. It just seems like an easy judgment call that is what we have now.
Most fans should see it coming and be ready for the ride. We are going down, there is no way around it. Just like a boat with too many leaks (holes), it is past the point of no return, no amount of patching or bailing water will help.
Las Vegas has it right do not bet on the win totals.
How it came to this is an interesting transition with some innovative movements. Like paying some of the contracts of players moved to other teams in order to get draft capital back for next season. Or just recently in the draft by manipulating the second round draft pick before using it to trade for Josh Rosen. That manipulation gained a second rounder next season by also giving a fifth this season.
I have also seen fans clamor for quarterback competition and now we have it. The way it came about in a rebuild wasn’t pretty but how it did was also interesting. Last season we were one pick away from Rosen, this time Dwayne Haskins fell but was passed on in lieu of getting Rosen. No team has made the deal we got from the Cards by moving a first round QB the following year going back to around 1960.
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The reason I called it ugly is that before the trade, that original second rounder was already drying up and many teams were trading up frantically. The depth of the draft was already starting to bottom out. Looking over the bounty taken by the Miami Dolphins the morning after the draft they must have gone the best player available because the positions taken do not match what I felt were the biggest needs.
These players may turn out fine I just don’t see early matches for need and have always advocated only going BPA if and when most needs are already met. I did call getting a hybrid NT with 315 pounder Christian Wilkins and a FB Chandler Cox at 243 lbs (in my last write-up) although I thought they would get them after the draft. It wouldn’t be the first time I got it backward, (dyslexic) but it also seems to me picks 3-5 were in reverse order of importance.
While it’s true that everything could not be covered in this years draft that doesn’t take away from the team also being so stripped down going into it and not much was done in free agency.
Some teams do wait until after May 7th to get free agents as they won’t count toward the compensatory draft pick formula. This is how the Patriots have so many draft picks every season and teams are starting to also do this. But here is the rub. The Pats can make it work from already having a winning formula much like the draft and going BPA. What few holes they make can be readily patched quickly from having this process in place.
I have said this before and it’s worth repeating now. Don’t copy the Pats. Build a winning team first then try to adhere to some things they do like what was posted above.
Josh Rosen expectations:
With a new quarterback comes new hope it’s understandable but some of the things floating around seem ponderous. I’m pretty sure I have seen titles of stories comparing Rosen to Dan Marino and Brett Favre. While there must be some twisted angle to these stories it is still far-fetched and creates an unrealistic atmosphere and possibly clicks.
Fans and pundits alike are wanting Rosen to start day one without a camp battle to earn it. Unrealistic win totals are being projected. And having those win totals as a mark for Rosen. Reminder: this team is stripped down it is being filled with lower tier talent that is on par and possibly worse than what Rosen had with the Cards. Coaching could be a factor but it would border on miraculous for it to make the difference.
There is some talk of having a quick type offense getting the ball out fast like Brady but I also heard that Rosen is not that accurate, so we shall see.
You can show lower tier linemen the best technique there is all off-season but come game day how much effect will it have preventing top-tier rushers from getting at the QB? Las Vegas has it right do not bet on the Miami Dolphins win totals.