It’s been really bad down in South Beach this season. What are the chances that the Miami Dolphins end up going winless in 2019?
At 0-3, things are looking incredibly bleak for the Miami Dolphins. The team is clearly in rebuilding mode and wins will be hard, if not impossible, to come by. What are the chances the 2019 Dolphins join the 0-16 club of the 2008 Detroit Lions and the 2017 Cleveland Browns this season?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Josh Hill, along with former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz take a look at the early season sample the Dolphins have given us and decide is this team, in fact, is going 0-for the season.
On the final question answered on this week’s “Mailbag” segment, the guys are asked when the Dolphins are going to get their first win of the season? It’s a simple premise, but Schwartz responded astutely, “they are not” (45:00).
That’s sad, but the truth hurts sometimes. Schwartz does say that if the Dolphins do get a win on the year, it might be towards the tail-end of it when they host the awful Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 22. Cincinnati is another AFC team in rebuilding mode. Perhaps the Dolphins can get a win thanks to home-field advantage against another bad team in-conference?
Verderame would ask Schwartz about his experience in the NFL and if he played on any horrendous teams. Schwartz would say that he played on a terrible 2010 Carolina Panthers team that went 2-14 and fired their head coach John Fox.
When asked by Hill and Verderame how do you get yourself ready to play in a non-winning situation, Schwartz would respond, “you trick yourself into thinking you can win, but you also know that when you play in the game, this is why players don’t tank during games, every snap you’re evaluated.”
Schwartz would add that no player or coach tries to actively tank. Even if they are in a losing situation, they are being evaluated by scouts in the league for other opportunities. So it’s never a lack of effort, but rather, a deficiency in on-field talent that leads to franchises being able “to tank”.
Expect the Dolphins to continue to play hard for first-year head coach Brian Flores. It’s not a winnable situation, but there is still pride to be had and opportunities to get better every single day of the week.
Here are a few other topics addressed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Schwartz talks about players peeing on the sidelines (0:35)
- The Los Angeles Chargers are already finished (7:45)
- The Atlanta Falcons are still in the Super Bowl hunt (8:35)
- Did we all misjudge Daniel Jones (26:15)?
All this and more!