If you take a moment on what Chris Grier has established, he has put the Miami Dolphins in a position to attack free agency and have draft capital, if required at his disposal. Yes, the best teams in this league build throughout the draft, which is why Miami has two first round picks next in the 2023 NFL draft.
Should a player become available, (cough cough Deshaun Watson) the Miami Dolphins have the ability to make such a move. Retrospectively, Grier has made some misses during his draft selection, just review the 2021 NFL selection, where the Miami Dolphins had three first round picks and an argument could be made that the Dolphins selected all 1st round bust (what would this team look like with Justin Herbert at 5, Justin Jefferson at 18 and Jonathon Taylor at 26). However Grier righted the ship in the 2022 draft selecting Jaylen/Jalen combination that might have potentially saved him his job.
With free agency, Grier has done a stellar job managing the cap. Once upon a time the Dolphins were leading the league in dead cap space, meaning players that were absorbing the Dolphins cap, but they were not playing for Miami. That type of “reset” was required to build a solid foundation. Grier implemented contract friendly offers to the players that he targeted to allow for cap flexibility not just for today, but for future season as well.
For what it’s worth Chris Grier has shown that he can manage a cap, go and get the players the team needs and not mortgage the future to achieve that. All of this should entice Mike McDaniel working relationship with Grier, as McDaniel knows he has a partner that will collaborate and work with him.
A balanced attack on both sides of the ball, rather than the Defense carrying the Dolphins, is the tipping point for how this team might be able to make a serious run next year. Add in the, a front office that is aligned and has the ammunition with its draft capital and salary cap to allure players to come to South Beach, there is the potential to build something special in 2022. However, there are a lot of ‘ifs” surrounding the team, but with a full offseason and proper mentorship for their young prospects, Miami is a team on the rise. The question is, how far can they go.