The Miami Dolphins braintrust (insert joke here) can’t possibly think there is any other conceivable way to proceed after the first five games of this season, right?
A blunt but fair question to ask, how many starters on the Miami Dolphins are as good or better than their counterparts on the other 31 teams?
The answer is five. Six if you want to include the punter because he’s pretty good.
Five guys- rookie left guard/tackle Laremy Tunsil, center Mike Pouncey (when healthy), wide receiver Jarvis Landry, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and safety Reshad Jones. That’s it. Everyone else is at best a work in progress or at worst, can go.
Now! No need to wait. Trade the veterans who may have value (pass rusher Cameron Wake, wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Arian Foster, left tackle Branden Albert) and get whatever draft picks you can for them.
Gobble up the young players on the good teams practice squads and put them on yours, if for no other reason than, their eye for talent is clearly better than yours has been.
It is no secret as to why Miami is as bad as they are. 4 drunks at the end of the bar, picking players off of an ESPN draft board, could have done better most years than the Dolphins! Think I’m exaggerating? Miami entered the 2013 draft with 11 picks. They drafted 9 players. Only 3 remain on the roster- and one, 3rd overall choice Dion Jordan (whom they traded a first and second round pick to move up a few spots in the first round to take), is a colossal bust when he’s on the field and a guy with a drug problem off of it.
The current decision maker, Mike Tannenbaum, is not responsible for Jordan. However he was the guy who gave quarterback Ryan
Tannehill a 96 million dollar contract and signed Suh to the type of contract that only elite QB’s get. Becaue of these deals, there was no money left to keep running back Lamar Miller and defensive end Olivier Vernon this past off-season. Two guys in their mid 20’s, who left via free agency for greener pastures and 2 guys far better than their
So is he the right guy to re-tool this franchise? His record with the Jets and so far with Miami is mixed. The Dolphins need to do better than that. They need to find a proven personnel man whose hits far exceed his misses.
Who knows if Adam Gase is the next great or even good, young coach? He at least deserves a chance with a group of players that have a chance to compete. If nothing else, considering his excellent track record with QB’s, he deserves a shot with a good one of those.
Which leads us to last but not least, Ryan Tannehill. Barring a two-month turnaround, is not the answer at quarterback. The
placeholder, but not the guy to take you deep into January. Not the guy to save the day and win you games when much around him is falling apart. I thought he could be that guy. At the end of his third season he seemed poised to become that guy. But a little over a year later, he isn’t. So it’s back to the drawing board there, at the most important position, as well.
All of which leaves a once proud and now floundering (again) organization in a state of inadequacy. They are 1-4 on the season but worse, they are far from competitive today. Clearly one of the five worst teams in the league. They are 2-3 years away (if they make the right moves) from being a playoff team. Never mind the fact it is almost impossible to even imagine at what point the Dolphins will be a championship contender again.
Which is why they have to blow it up and start over.
What more do they have to lose?
David Moulton co-hosts a talk show 10a-2pm weekdays on 99.3 ESPN. His freelance column appears Sunday and Thursday. You can email David at: firstname.lastname@example.org