It all falls on Chris Grier’s shoulders this year. Grier has given in to what Adam Gase wanted and what Brian Flores wanted and aside from a back to back winning season stretch and an early playoff appearance for Gase, the Dolphins have only managed to spin their wheels.
Grier is a big key to the Dolphins success. He has to make tough decisions to give McDaniel pieces that will help him build his offense and keep the defense in place. This includes getting the defensive end pieces figured out. Emmanuel Ogbah is someone Miami will have to replace. He will likely need to keep Xavien Howard happy, again, and that could be a problem as well.
Offensively, Griers decisions to pass on players like Justin Jefferson and Jonathan Taylor have left the team needing RB and WR help, especially at RB.
If the Dolphins are going to continue to win and challenge late for a playoff spot, if Mike McDaniel is going to find year one success or at the very least not take a huge step backward, then Grier has to do better this off-season. He can’t summarily overspend on players who are basically backups or have lengthy injury histories.
If the Miami Dolphins are going to find success in 2022, these three things are paramount to that happening. Miami can win with a rookie head coach and bad coaching decisions but the team has to be built to withstand them.