Disdain for Miami? Why?

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The national media seems to have some sort of disdain for the Miami Dolphins.  While Miami has given them plenty of firepower over the last 20 years, they aren’t as bad as they claim them to be.  Put it this way, they aren’t the Cleveland Browns.  

The talking heads dissect every aspect of each team, every offseason.  Teams are put under a microscope by so called “experts”.  Their topics range from player additions, subtractions, coaching changes, uniforms, over hyping the draft, etc. etc.

Frankly, who cares?  Allow us to play devil’s advocate.  

Yes, Miami lost some key talent from their 2017 team.  But who are we kidding, that team was 6-10.  Yes Landry, Suh, Pouncey, etc. are household names, but they were a part of a team that ranked towards the bottom of the league in offensive and defensive categories.  

Does this make the Miami Dolphins 30th in the league?

Image result for Frank Gore Miami DolphinsMiami added talent.  Not only did they address key needs in the draft, but they signed some talent to help offset the losses.  For years, Miami’s front office treated Free Agency as a trip to Bloomingdale's.  Nowadays, they are bargain shopping at Walmart.  Smart teams find players to fit their system.  

 Players like Amendola, Wilson, Sitton, Kilgore, Frank Gore, &  Spence aren’t the flashy names, but fit what Miami is trying to do going forward.

Find THEIR players. 

For years, teams such as New England, NYG, Green Bay, Pittsburgh, went about free agency as an opportunity to add depth to their roster.  Bill Polian preached this while in Buffalo, Carolina, and Indy.  If the team thought a player were a missing piece, they went after them.  But, the key pieces were already in place.  They didn’t force the square peg into the round hole.

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Players like Revis to New England, Charles Woodson to GB, Manning to Denver, etc. etc. were players added to put that team over the top.  New England often balks at the idea of overpaying for players.  Smart.

Build through the draft.

Now Miami is taking that blueprint and utilizing it as their own.

The Dolphins brass know what they have in their team.  They played the draft board brilliantly.  They stood their ground in the draft at #11 and got what some would consider a top 3 prospect.  Rumors that Miami was in LOVE with this QB class proved to be wrong.  Chicago offered Miami the 8th pick in return for the 11th overall & a 4th rd pick.  Josh Rosen was still on the board. 

Miami said NO.

Image result for mike gesickiThe Dolphins bolstered their roster with Depth.  The OL looks solid.  The WR corp is 7-8 deep with talent.  Miami picked up their version of Jimmy Graham with the pick of Mike Gesicki.  A 6’6” former basketball player TE who is an athletic freak.

That’s NOT even the best part.

Ryan Tannehill returns from injury in 2018.  The former 1st rounder returns to Adam Gases' Offense.  While some will argue Tannehill is not what Miami needs, none of the 2018 draftees are beating him out of the starting spot.  Tannehill had a career year in 2016, and was having a nice training camp before reinjuring that knee.

Now the “experts” say he’s injury prone?  Ok?  First, he never had the initial surgery.  He basically tore the ligament completely while scrambling in camp.  This is the same QB that started EVERY game 2012-2016. 

Uh, this happens in the NFL. 

 Luck has only played in 48% of games since 2015.  Rodgers (Broken Collarbone), Wentz (ACL Tear), Watson (ACL Tear) have all missed significant time due to injury. 

"Experts" won’t dare call them injury prone. 

Point is, what Miami has done this offseason will surprise a lot of people going into 2018.  Injuries change the course of the NFL landscape every year.  Teams with depth find ways to overcome.  Despite churning their roster in 2018, Miami is better than 30th in the league.  Reason?  Smart acquisitions and depth.  

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Comments

  1. Grier would have to pull off an A draft just to be competitve this year. I don't understand this rationale you need a TE to be a successful offense. Only thing you need is an o-line to open up running lanes for your running back. They had 2 4th round picks. That would have been a good time to get a G and C. Which I thought were bigger needs. Baker pick might work out. Ballage pick will probably work out. The Fitzpatrick pick was great after that I was confused. I put them in the 4-12 to 7-9 range next year and that is fair, considering the amount of talent they lost.

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    1. They are gaining more talent then they lost, with all the good draft picks and the injured players returning, your right the range should be 9-7 to 12-4.

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    2. 12-4? You really think the Dolphins can go 12-4?! The ceiling for this team is 10-6 and a wild card road game. And that is if everything goes right and they get some luck.

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    3. Last year they went 6-10 with Jay Cutler and Matt More under center...oh and the 31st ranked defense...and a horrible schedule. An improvement in the final record is and should be expected.

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  2. Cyber Honey Do you ever look at our full roster. We didn't need to reach on 4th round center or guards. We have a solid starting five with another 5 of solid depth. I highly doubt a rookie drafted would have made the team drafted in later round. Isaac Asiata was a draft pick last year and chances are he doesn't make the team this year.

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  3. I am expecting 6-10 and hoping for 9-7. Too many questions at OLB, interior OL, etc, etc for me to expect too much from them this season.

    I love the pick of Gesiski in the 2nd round, but think drafting Smythe was a mistake when Luke Falk was available. Osweiler is not capable of filling in should Tannehill go down.

    Unless Minkah becomes the next Ed Reed, Miami would've been better served to trade down for extra picks and grab a players like Edmunds later in the first or Will Hernandez, depending on how far they traded down.

    Go Phins!!!

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  4. I think they can go 10-6 best case. 7-9 worse case. I think their running game will be good, and Tannehill will be a top 10 QB - albeit at the bottom of the 10. Their OL will be good. D is the key. A lot of unknowns with the exception of their pass rush which I expect to be very good now with Quinn. Can they stop the run? Will their young CB's develop? Will their LB's improve and gel into a good unit? Will their kicker be reliable?

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  5. I like both Gesiki and Smythe. I just don't see how that helps the Dolphins get better.

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  6. Churning the roster doesn't fix the problem. They should be building around the talent that is on the team but they shed the talented players and reward players that don't play up to their potential. I'm hopeful for the draft pics but at the same time we had way too many positions that we had to address going into the draft.

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    1. Ridding the team of bad contracts and players whom do not fit what the current regime is trying to do.

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    2. Current regime needs to win and win now. If they stink up the place this year we will have a roster with no talent

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  7. We added the best pass catching TE in the draft and the best blocking TE. How does that not help the team exactly?

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  8. This on paper is the most talented OL Tanehill has ever played behind with an improved running game and pass protection and a real red zone threat at TE we should have a top ten offense that chews up the clock helping our defense stay off the field.

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