Overhauling the Miami Dolphins offense this year makes a lot of sense.
If Mike McDaniel is the Dolphins head coach of the future and not just this year or the next, the Dolphins need to get him in position to win with his offensive style. If they plan to reevaluate after the season and take a run at Sean Payton, then Miami’s problems are not with the players on the roster but with someone else instead.
Getting rid of dead weight that don’t fit Miami’s plans shouldn’t be a two year project. Getting the offense fixed this year does several things.
- It allows for development of new players in the Mike McDaniel system
- It gives Miami a good look at Tua Tagovailoa
- It allows Miami to focus on the defense next off-season if they need to
The first one is easy to understand. If McDaniel has a vision that doesn’t include several players currently on the roster then use the vast amount of cap space to replace them now and start with a new team that fits within those ideals. Spend your time developing players that will be here longer than one season.
The second is important as well. There can’t be any questions as to whether or not Tua is the guy or not. With an offensive team that still has question marks about their own future at other positions will only serve to add questions to the ability of Tua Tagovailoa to lead the team.
Finally, the plan for Miami should be with a look to the future. The Dolphins defense is very good but Josh Boyer on his own is a question. If the Dolphins defense regresses, Miami will need to make changes next off-season and by not needing to make offensive changes, the focus and money can be spent where it is needed rather than trying to continue to shape and mold an offense that wasn’t fixed this year.
Miami has the money and resources to fix their offense in one off-season and not doing it means they don’t have a clear vision of what this offense is supposed to be. If Mike McDaniel thinks he can win with these players then he is being nearsighted. He needs to “know” he can win with them and if he doesn’t “know” that, then he needs to get players that will give him that knowledge.