I was reading Armando Salguero's Blog today and he questions whether the Dolphins have given up on this season already and are truly in Suck For Luck mode. Apparently they have been negotiating with David Garrard and do not want to give into his demands for a guaranteed contract. He also notes Indianapolis serious QB problems and the fact that they have not pursued Garrard either. With Payton Manning's career winding down, they are also going to be in the market for a QB. Out of all the available QB's, Garrard is the best and will give these teams the best chance to win. That's were the questioning comes from. Are these teams doing ALL they can to win?
Before I give you my opinion, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I was born and raised in Miami, not to far from the Orange Bowl. I went to many games when I was younger, as many as I could. My dad took me to my first game in 1970. Yes, 1970. I grew up in a family of Dolphin fans. So I am not someone who jumped on the bandwagon when Dan Marino came to town. I've been spoiled over the years having Bob Griese and Dan Marino to cheer for. I was spoiled by having one of the greatest coaches in the history of this game for 26 years.
So, with that being said...
Armando Salguero is one of the opinion that the Dolphins should do all they can to win games. They should sign Garrard because he would give Miami the best chance to win. He even seems to accuse Miami of not doing what it takes to win. Well, everyone is entitled to their opinion, and here is mine...
This is a quarterback driven league now. You DO NOT win without an elite QB these days. The last team to win a Super Bowl without a so called elite QB was Baltimore back in 2000. And they won because they pretty much had a super human defense. Miami fan's have had to deal with the likes of Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Gus Ferrotte, John Beck, Cleo Lemon, a beat up and worn out Trent Green, Joey Harrington, Dante Culpepper and now Chad Henne. The only exception was Chad Pennington who dropped into our laps in 2008 and managed to stay healthy.
If EVER there was a year for Miami to have the number one pick it would be this year. Andrew Luck is being called the best prospect since Payton Manning. I have watched him play and I am impressed. He looks like he's ready to go now. If the Dolphins are indeed not attempting to improve in hopes of obtaining the number one pick, I say bravo. Don't sign Garrard. Just let the season play itself out. Sparano has pretty much lost the team. Keep him on as long as possible, then find a young, hungry, energetic coach, not a recycled old school guy. Business wise, it would be a smart move too. The excitement of drafting Luck would bring paying customers back.
So whether you agree or not, I am firmly on the SUCK FOR LUCK bandwagon!