You can’t write this stuff! It matters not what I think about Adam Gase during his tenure as Miami Dolphins Head Coach, but one thing that was clear to just about everyone was that Gase definitely has personality issues that prevent him from coexisting with others. That was a huge weakness for him, as he shipped out players who didn’t try hard enough to learn his way of doing things. I defended him during those times too, hoping it really was on the player, but it became a pattern. It’s one thing if you have a long resume of success like say Bill Belichick up in New England. He won’t get second guessed for his decisions because his track record speaks for itself. Bill Belichick has a winning percentage of .680 and a record of 261-123, while Adam Gase’s currently stands at 23-25 and .479. Not much cachet comes with that.
Try and put this in perspective. The Jets allowed Mike Maccagnan to choose the players to add to their roster during free agency, a very active free agency for the cap flush NY Jets. The Jets added RB Le’Veon Bell, LB C.J. Mosely and OL Kelechi Osemele to the tune of $225.5M, all in this recent FA period. Then they let Maccagnan choose the future of the team by running the draft. Also keep in mind the Jets made it clear that Gase would NOT have control over the 53 man roster and had no say in that regard. They said that. Now, they not only give him that as interim GM, but he’s running the entire show. Can you comprehend this? How can they possibly spin this as a positive thing?
I like the direction our team is headed. We seem to be doing everything right, with careful measured steps. Our rivals in NY seem to tripping over their tongues and making unstable decisions. Unless Adam Gase has really learned from his mistakes in Miami, the New York Jets franchise is in for some serious turbulence.
Keep doing things slow, steady and careful, and most of all . . .
Jets waived TE Jordan Leggett.
They Leggett him go
Gase does not recognize TE as a viable position.
LOL @ scoring projections in May for all NFL games 4 months from now. We don’t even have our regular season rosters yet!
That could be the award winner for most useless thing anybody has ever done.
LOL… super silly stuff. Some of these pundits or whatever they are, do they look at rosters and come to the conclusion that this team has no talent? I don’t expect playoffs but I’ll say this, this guy will be way off, by a minimum of 5 games if we don’t play as well as the org expects. I mean before the Miami Miracle the game was a loss in everyone’s book and then a game winning play happened. You can’t script stuff like that. That’s what is great about football and sports. It’s unpredictable. You can’t predict turnovers and special plays that decide games.
Reading his thread he tries to justify it as not actually being a prediction of the outcome of those games
Which makes no sense
He actually has us at 3.8 wins…whatever that means
He has a good shot at going o for 256
Washington? That’s a brutal break for the player!!
LOL, it’s times like these I wish I still had my Twitter account. I’d consider it worth the time to reply to his drivel.
Piggy, going by a team’s previous season to the next season is a proven mistake. The Falcons looked like a juggernaut two years ago and now what? The people who do this sort of stuff use unreliable data in a new season. It’s like predicting weather.
Didn’t the NFC South have a run of like 3 or 4 years in a row where the division winner was last the year before?
Not sure but probably. The Steelers didn’t make the playoffs last year. Was that the common prediction? How do you predict the Bell and Brown sagas?
Would love to see us start off 2-0 beating both the Ravens and Pats at home so we can hear the pundits say well… this wasn’t what we expected. LOL
Gotta love the ongoing negativity of the local Florida media. It never fucking ends. They look for it. They already know Rosen is Cutler because of one voice? I’m not sure why I even follow sports anymore. LOL
Well It was stated last year!
Not that I’ give the “local yokals” any credit at all!
I would target McCoy on the cheaper side. If he’s not playing for that move on.
Doesn’t look like we are on his radar Tim?
He want’s to win?
and the next sentience they say the browns?
Come back when they’ve done something!
They’ve got the greatest WR of all time down there! Pencil them in!
Two of the best, the reacharound brothers themselves!
Should we pick up Gerald McCoy? Tampa Bay is stupid to not want that guy.
Maybe he does not fit with our rebuild, but that’s a nice player.
What a dick!
That’s not accurate it’s more about the contracts they sign. We don’t have to give a shit about how well they play.
I laughed that one off. Can you try anymore to make the team anymore dire, really? LOL
What a shitty business to be in as a journalist. Focus on the negative all day long than throw a positive piece in there once in awhile.
I’d take McCoy on a prove it contract but there are going to be suitors who will pay him what he is looking for. I also take that play for a contender shit with a bag if salt since we all know players generally play for money. Rarely do they walk away from a bigger offer.
Jay Cutler’s arm was elite. His smokin Jay persona would have worked in the 60s, but not in the modern era. I hope Rosen can compare to Cutler’s arm, but I think it is a tad less power but hopefully a tad more touch.
Rosen’s persona is not like Smokin Jay. Rosen seems to be more of a Ryan Fitzpatrick type of QB.
Very thoughtful and yet jocular.
Just think if both of those guys buy into the Erhardt-Perkins offense, and Rosen becomes the “New Millennial” Tom Brady. as in without the whining and cheating and with more of a social conscience.
I’d settle for 3 Super Bowl wins in the next 12 years and 10 playoffs.
There wasn’t anything wrong with Cutler’s game except that shitty mentality. Cutler could have been one of the great QBs. Fuck tons of potential completely wasted
I think Rosen is a pretty level headed guy. I think he has to learn to shut out some of the noise and just play football but I think he has a good personality to be great.
We all know the guys who cover the dolphins are going to be noisy
They are noisy, but I think they are actually lightweights.
I can’t see any QB losing confidence due to Omar or Flores losing his shit over Mando.
Their noise is just too easy to laugh off. It’s all click-driven and so transparent.
Concerning the new HC/OC system being installed in Miami …
It might be instructive to read about Matt Patricia (also a DC from NE who became an HC) edging Cooter into the Erhardt Perkins and out of Air Coryell.
It’s also scary yet refreshing to see Caldwell here to help with the QBs but not have the power to destroy the Patriots style running game.
There’s a formula for comp picks that starts with the contract and does make adjustments in Playing time and postseason honors
It’s not just the contracts but it’s mostly the contract
The adjustment based on snaps is taken from the initial contract
And the postseason honors is a small factor – probably only likely to increase value if some one has a really good year
I think Mando’s understanding of it is way off
If Juwann James gets cut – that will affect the 3rd rounder we expect
Not if Gore or Bolden get cut
I don’t think Gore or Bolden can do anything to affect those picks bc the contract James signed was so high
If gore played well and was the nfl MVP we might get another high pick
I don’t think him or Bolden getting cut affects the expected 3rd for a James
That’s what I was saying. The contract affects the formula with a lot more weight than the rest. I’m not saying it’s not part of it, just that Mando made it seem to be a lot stronger effect than it is.
You had me at “I think Mando’s understanding of it is way off”
But I’m gonna buy a Bills Gore jersey just in case
The NFL will strip us of the pick and kick us in the groin if I do that
Bolden and Gore even if they have a good year isn’t going to affect much
Caldwell was one of my more favorite additions, in the role we added him. I thought it was a really good add.
I thought snatching deGuglielmo off the sidewalk was an under the radar stroke of genius. That guy can flat coach up some OL to a whole nother level. He can take marginal guys (our whole OL besides Tunsil) and make them adequate. He takes a 3-tier approach to line play.
1) utilizing pass-rusher annoying hand placement designed to swat away some and duck away from others … pass rushers think swim moves, rips, etc. are THEIR moves and get pissed off at OL who don’t give them a same ol same ol set they can calculate their moves to beat ahead of the snap
2) efficientizing footwork to neutralize the greater athleticism that DL usually have nowadays over OL … pass rushers like OL who drop an anchor and commit to a slide step.
3) scheme-bred assignments that put blockers in inaccessible or eccentric lanes, so the DL who pins his ears back often finds air in front of his quick first step and a mauler waiting for him to stagger into a mugging OR some f’ing proactive first-strike by the OL where the DL is like “oh shit that’s my gap they are running through, and I’m bullrushing upfield while the RB is ducking through for a 4-6 yard gash.”
That’ll slow down a pass rush in a hurry.
That’s how NE runs downfield at hyper speed and makes DL exhausted and mentally sick in their stomachs. That’s how they average so many ppg.
in college @ Boston U , deG’s final offensive line coach was Tony Sparano, who went on to become the head football coach of the Miami Dolphins. Sparano would later hire Deguglielmo as his offensive line coach in Miami. Playing both guard and center, DeGuglielmo was a first-team All-New England selection as well as a two-time Academic All-Yankee Conference selection.
Gore and Bolden will not effect our comp picks. It will effect the team they’re on more than us if they ball out. Sorry BUF if Gore rushes for 1,500 yards you lose. We’re not getting anything for either of them. LOL
WTF is going on?!!!!
Whaaat?! You mean Brandon Bolden and his 8 rushes for a whopping 91 yards last year won’t be devastating our comp pick values no matter what he does?
‘devastating’? lol, IDK (shrug emoji)
DeGuglielmo left UCF within a month, joining the New York Giants staff under head coach Tom Coughlin whom he had served as a graduate assistant at Boston College 13 years earlier. In his tenure, the Giants made the playoffs four consecutive years, won Super Bowl XLII, and set a franchise record for rushing yards (2,518) and yards per carry (5.0) in 2008.
Afterwards, he held the same job for the Miami Dolphins; in 2011 the Dolphins rushed for 1,987 yards in what was also Reggie Bush’s first 1,000-yard season.
DeGuglilemo won a second Super Bowl ring as OL coach in the Patriots’ Super Bowl XLIX win over the Seattle Seahawks.
from yep Wikipedia
Dave DeGuglielmo is a well respected OL coach. That’s not what he was hired in Miami to be. He’s got some sort of analyst role. Pat Flaherty is our OL coach.
He rocks too.
I remember that guy because Boston U was a big Methodist school that right after that dropped football. I am Methodist and we were always raised to know which schools were “our” schools, although in the tumultuous 70s, many de-emphasized religious affiliations.
Syracuse, Duke, Northwestern (in the Big Ten), Vanderbilt, Wofford, SMU, and I think Pitt were all Methodist.
This article is most interesting for the Flores quotes, as I continue to be impressed with him.
MEDICAL UPDATE: I will be having surgery on June 13 for melanoma, a form of skin cancer. A dark spot just above my right scapula proved to be malignant, so they will put me under the knife and get me back on my feet as my ornery old self in due time. Both radiation therapy and immunotherapy are post operative possibilities. More surgery is also a possibility. But, for now, this procedure at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa near the USF campus is my prime focus..- Got to get to work this morning. Will tell you more over the next few days.
YOU GUYZ AND GALZ who rarely use sun screen need to re-think about your future. Heavy duty sun screen on all parts of my uncovered body (even my growing bald spot) is now part of my routine. Big floppy hats and long sleeve shirts are next. Be smart about sun exposure.
Good luck with everything OD, take care of yourself and speedy recovery to you!
That sucks OD — hope they caught it real early.
That sucks OD!
Keep yourself rested my friend!
Evidently today’s practice is open to the “media”
So we get to see them ripping on Rosen, and everyone else?
Unless your going to be there for updates?
Then it seems so!
It’s just 3 more letters Mon-doh
Cheap deal, but we don’t need a 1 year contract anyway. I guess he wasn’t getting any other offers, or he just wants to stay in NE
“The Dolphins saw 22 contracts expire at the end of the 2018 season. The Dolphins themselves resigned linebacker Mike Hull, leaving 21 free agents free to change teams. Less than half of Miami’s outgoing free agents (10) have found a new team.”
So we had 11 guys on the roster nobody else wanted. Guess some could be injury hires….. but still not good.
OD, wishing you all the best with your procedure.
Senorise Perry’s new number for the Bills is No. 32 — that’s a lot to put on the guy’s back, so to speak. Know they can’t retire it in a ceremony kind of way, but that is a number they never should have used again.
It’s the first time in 42 years. After what O.J. has done it should be used again.
Tim — ever see the movie Lords of Discipline? They kick a guy out of a military academy and in the exit ceremony the cadets one by one turn their back on him…. forever after forbidden to speak his name. Think should be the same with OJ’s number.
I think allowing others even a backup type RB like Perry to wear it erases O.J.’s memory rather than treating it like #42 in baseball.
Guess we differ, but ever been to a game on Jackie Robinson day? Last one went to was even if didn’t realize….. took me a while to figure out that every player on both teams was wearing #42.
I’ve seen games where everyone wears #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. I think the Bills giving a player #32 shows that they no longer think that number is special. It no longer pay homage to O.J. which is a good thing.
Get where you are coming from Tim, but like said we differ. Maybe they should give #32 each year to the UDFA most likely to get cut and if one year that guy makes it the curse will be lifted.
All I can say is …..”WOW”
Almost makes you worry about the D. 🙂
It’s red zone work and the DBs have made their share of plays too. Whatever group loses they all do pushups. Flores even joined the DBs one time.
The savvy one?
The part you about you just can’t explain is pretty easy. It’s called experience. LOL
Wonder if Fitz likes to hang out at the pool??
LOL – He may be too savvy for that . . .
Besides he doesn’t have to avoid tripping he has that sweet beard to land on.
If you think the S. Fla media is negative, check this out . . .
Gase got exactly what he wanted for sure. Will be interesting to see how it works out this time around.
There is a veteran savviness that comes with Ryan Fitzpatrick that you just can’t explain. Reminds me of David Garrard back in 2012.
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) May 21, 2019
Please tell me you made that one up Tim.
Nope, it was a direct link.
So you replace a big contract, and one of the reasons was how much money it would save you so you replace them with a guy who is going to eat up about the same amount as your previous guy. That dosnt make a lot of sense unless they got Suh on the super cheap.
Look if Fitz is as good as Garrad, its obvious we have our QB of the future. I think we can just cut Rosen now and put to bed those 2020 QB discussions.
In 6 days as “interim GM,” Adam Gase has:
1) Traded away a former 1st round pick for a 2020 6th-rounder (He disagreed with Gase’s top 10 list of favorite Netflix shows)
2) Signed a punter he had in Miami (While with the Fins, he had Gase’s back in the big Whopper/Big Mac debate of 2017 that got Ajayi traded)
3) Cut a 2017 draft pick (He bought Gase a 6 pack of tacos after his NY intro press conference. Big mistake.)
4) Fired a scout & told people he wants to cut down scouting staff (He was listening to New Kids on the Block in the scouting room. Gase shouted NSYNC for life, and stormed out.)
He insists publicly he only wants to coach
There is a veteran savviness that comes with Jason Sanders that you just can’t explain. Reminds me of David Garrard back in 2012.
There is a veteran savviness that comes with Dwayne Allen that you just can’t explain. Reminds me of David Garrard back in 2012.
I see it’s repeat posts day today. LOL
There is a veteran savviness that comes with Rashad Jones that you just can’t explain. Reminds me of David Garrard back in 2012.
There is a veteran savviness that comes with Kenny Stills that you just can’t explain. Reminds me of David Garrard back in 2012.
LOL @ BBMike
Tim, not repeat posts. I was just helping Omar out with his tweets for the rest of OTA’s by just changing the name. LOL
I noticed that after the first one, and Kong reposted what Mike posted earlier.
To be fair, my post is a little bit different than Mikes, lol.
LOL @ Kong
I didn’t read the details because I thought they were all the same posts. You and BBMike are on the same page day is more accurate. LOL
So Omar is celebrating a guy who never played a game for us 7 years ago?
Well geez, Piggy, when you put it like that it makes Omar seem like kind of an idiot…
The thing that was goofy about his statement is vet QBs have gone through so many offseasons and played so many games of course they have a savvy about them as opposed to a rookie or 2nd year QB. That’s how you explain it. LOL
LOL @ Kong – I thought you re-posted what I put up earlier. That was funny stuff
Especially like the 6-pack of tacos after the press conference
LOL, I’m glad Tim said something. 🙂
We were one of the worst defenses in the league last season:
31st vs the run
21st vs the pass
29th in total yards
27th in scoring D
We lost whom some think made us better but I think we’re just one good, young player like Leonard Williams away from going from where we were in 2018 to being a top 16 D in 2019.
Not that Williams needs to be the guy; just using him as an example. Just saying that I feel that if we have the chance to make a trade for someone who can help out on our d line like that I see Grier doing it.
Hoping Wilkins is that guy. I know you probably mean one more addition, but we haven’t seen Wilkins yet.
Getting off on the right foot in NY
The new King of New York. LOL
It sounds like WR Preston Williams has a chance to be a sleeper if he can stay out of trouble off the field.
He’s definitely got the size and talent!
Yeah I read that he didn’t have the greatest pro day and left some scouts doubting him which is why he went undrafted. But everyone seems to think big play ability is there.
Stills on Rosen and more.
It’s not about talent with Rosen, he has the NFL tools and is a smart guy. It’s about those intangibles – leadership, consistency and how he deals with adversity.
It’s hard not to get excited after reading that article. I know it’s no pads, but I’m getting caught up in the hype.
Rosen has a great arm. He throws a pretty ball. He’s 6-4 225 so he’s the prototype pocket passer.
Funny stuff earlier, you damn dirty ape.
It’s interesting that a lot of fans think Haskins reminds them of Marino. I think Rosen is closer to Marino in how they play. He’s got better feet than Haskins and can get the ball out quickly.
Don’t see a resemblance at all between Haskins and Marino.
I don’t either but pre-draft I read comments like that here. I think it was because he’s solely a pocket passer and made some nice quick throws. But he doesn’t move as well as Marino or Rosen. He also doesn’t have a better arm than either of them.
Like I said earlier if Rosen can become a leader, consistent and deals well with adversity, we found our new young franchise QB. It will never be about physical skills. He’s not a runner or RPO guy but I don’t care about that. You don’t have to have a QB that does that to be successful. Plenty of QBs currently don’t do that and they have success.
Tim Knight says:
May 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm
Rosen has a great arm. He throws a pretty ball. He’s 6-4 225 so he’s the prototype pocket passer.
And Fitz is lighting it up too. Of course we know what we have in him. He’s not going to suddenly be this fantastically consistent guy, but still it’s better to read about our guys lighting it up rather than how they look like shit, (which we have read at this time of year before), so for what it’s worth…excited.
I’m not talking about any of them lighting it up in red zone drills in OTAs which most of today was. I’m talking about skill set. Rosen has more talent than Fitz. Fitz is like a solid vet starting pitcher who is 100-100 in his career who keeps you in games 3.50/4.00 ERA. Rosen is like a Stephen Strasburg type prospect that you hope becomes what his talent says he can be.
I gotcha. Since you were originally responding to my post, I thought you were talking about the same thing I was, not going in a different direction, lol.
I watch 2DW all the time. Great interpretation on the Phins.
That was good stuff from a fan. He and I are on the same page about a lot of things. It’s not all awesome but it’s not dire either, at least at this point in May. LOL
he never said Minkah was going to be playing LB. he is not giving anything to anyone so he just threw that out there.
Minkah will most likely be on the field 90% of the time as a 5th DB and be the Swiss Army knife in the secondary. But he will also blitz and make plays in the backfield. That’s what he did at Alabama and we saw some of all of that last year. Minkah will become a leader of this defense soon enough.
Flores’ multiple vision fits Minkah to a tee. I don’t want to hear about moving Jason Allen around too much and that’s what derailed his career. He couldn’t master anything. He wasn’t as good as Minkah and not as passionate about what he does. Two very different individuals. Both physically talented but one is more cerebral than the other. Just saying!
I’m sure Minkah could be used all over the field. I’m just saying that Flores didn’t say he was going to be used at LB as a definite. He gave an answer just like he gives all his answers which is to say he’s not giving an answer.
I think Haskins was a classic pocket passer like Marino who rarely uses his legs
Other than that 🤷♂️
Haskins does not move at all like Marino. He’s even more stationery as he does not have Marino’s quick feet. He reminds me of a shorter Joe Flacco and not as strong an arm.
Honestly they all remind me of David Garrard…
Something about the veteran saviness I just can’t explain…
I understand. It’s quite intriguing. LOL
I just can’t imagine what this offense could turn into if Williams AND Parker can both get it going. With those two plus Kenny, Jakeem and Albert plus our TE’s and using guys like Drake and Gaskins out of the backfield or lined up on the L.O.S.
We’ve got some major weaponage on this team.
Lot of “ifs”
But I like our personnel too
But we need our OL to come through in order for those skill players to excel
I agree with the “ifs” and about the o line but I’m not as concerned as I would have been in the past because I just think we got it right this time.
We look at a team like the Pats year after year and how they get so much out of players who are discarded by other teams and by players who aren’t drafted that high, especially in a place like the offensive line, and think “how do they do it?” and I think we’re about to see it.
Call me a homer if you want but this thing doesn’t have anywhere near the same feel it’s had over the past 10 or 15 yrs . This is legit.
No we don’t. We’re 0-16 material. 😉
A guy who specializes in fantasy predictions (and probably finishes last in his league every year) told me so
I think we will see a huge step up from our TE’s this season and some WR’s we just claimed.
For Mike E and all of us Zach fans. Hell yes . 🐕😎👍🥃🥃
Criminal that he’s not in the HoF.
If I was to give GM Chris Grier a grade at this point it would be A-. He gets a minus for not adding a proven edge rusher. We’ll see about scheme and all of that. Other than that there was not much else he could have done in 2019. In 2020 he’s going to have a lot more cap and draft capital. That will be the key for him moving forward.
This year with this roster is about Flores and his staff setting a standard of how we do things here.
One thing as fans we know for sure, nothing is the same as the past. Flores reminds me of Dan Campbell as interim HC. He wanted to make the team more physical. Flores has more experience as a coach than Campbell though.
it’s not over yet Tim. I wouldn’t be surprised if that edge guy becomes available and Grier goes out and nabs him.
he’s being patient and not just grabbing any guy who’s out there. even with Orchard there’s an out because his contract is so cheap. so right now there’s no guarantee this roster is going to look anywhere near close to what it looks like right now when camp begins and the season begins.
I WANT TO THANK MIKE E., TIM, WYOMING and anyone else who wished me well earlier today.
As anyone who has stared cancer in the face well knows, having that dread disease can give you a new perspective on life. I’m so thankful I have my beloved Mrs. OD. She made yesterday one helluva lot easier for me. And the support of you guys (and gals) helps more than you’ll ever know.
Watched period one of tonight’s 6th game of the Western Conference Finals as home standing St. Louis took a 2-0 lead over the San Jose Sharks in St. Louis. Early January, the BLUES had the worst record in the entire NHL!! Then they fired their coach and embarked on Mission Impossible, namely, the quest to make the Playoffs! NOW, incredibly, they are not only IN THE PLAYOFFS; they are two periods away from THE STANLEY CUP FINALS!! only THE 1997 FLORIDA MARLINS have ever approached this kind of come back in my lifetime!! 10 games below .500 a third of the way through the season, they brought in 70-year old Jack McKeon who endured the snickers of “the experts” and led the Fish to a World Series victory in 6 games over the mighty New York Yankees. It is the stuff of legends!! Rookie star Miguel Cabrera’s home run in Miami against Roger Clemens was the turning point. OOPS!! –I said “1997.” I meant to say “2003.” Sadly, 2003 was the last year the Marlins were championship quality. NOW, they are a minor league franchise playing in the major leagues just to claim a share of the revenues. The World Series is the furthest thing from their minds.
Y’all enjoy the rest of tonight’s playoff game! And, if the BLUES win, I’ll certainly be rooting for them to upset that team from “BAWSTON!” in the Stanley Cup Finals. Good night to all of you.
OD, I recently found out a very good friend of mine has prostate cancer. He went to John Hopkins and they told him, let’s monitor this before making any invasive type moves. So that’s where it’s at. I wish anyone going through scary times like this the best. I wish you well.
Are you going to the jersey shire this summer?
WOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! On to the Finals against the Bruins. Blues DOMINATED. We’ve outscored the Sharks 12-2 in the last 3 games.
I’ve been saying winner of Sharks/Blues will lose to the Bruins, but I actually think we have a good shot at winning. We are a deep team that can get scoring from 4 lines, plays sound defense, and has a goalie who has been very tough to score on.
Last time the Blues went to the Finals was 1970 against these same Bruins.
This has been an unbelievable, amazing run. I’m going to go riot in the streets and burn down my town, oh wait…that’s idiotic, I’m going to go drink. WOOOOHOOOO!!
This guy Bergman is not a good writer, but here is his take:
Miami Dolphins: Will Josh Rosen win the starting job, and what will it mean for the Fish Tank if he does?
Remember those halcyon four months east of the Everglades when the word “tank” evoked such optimism that you’d have thought the Allies had just liberated Paris? Rookie coach. No “stars” on either side of the ball. Fatzmagic under center Week 1. Finally, the Dolphins, after years of doggie-paddling between the sky and the surface, would tie an anvil to their fins and sink to the top of the draft, where something called a Tua could be waiting. Yeah, well, Steve Keim ruined all that. By acquiring Josh Rosen, last year’s No. 10 overall pick, in a trade that netted the Cardinals a fast pass catcher and change, Miami came away with a supposed franchise quarterback and arguably the steal of the draft. But at what cost? For all the Fish Tanker fans who wanted to throw away the 2019 season in anticipation of acquiring the QB of the future in the 2020 draft, Rosen’s presence poses a brief existential crisis. How much should Miami buy into Rosen? What if he’s not Dan Marino but Chad Henne — or, even worse, Joey Harrington? Will the Dolphins know by the end of the 2019 season — and, by then, will it be too late to eschew Rosen for a top QB in the 2020 draft? Will this QB question lord over Brian Flores and sabotage his rookie coaching campaign? The unpredictability of Rosen’s and Miami’s fate in 2019 and beyond make the Dolphins one of the league’s most fascinating stories to watch for onlookers, and one of the most confusing to understand for Miami diehards.
To be fair, he is presenting each team as having a certain big problem. Such as
New England Patriots: Who’s coaching the defense? Does it matter?
Matt Patricia is in Motown, Brian Flores in Florida and Greg Schiano … Well, let’s hope Massachusetts real estate offers a 90-day buy-back policy. Defensive disciples of Bill Belichick have often left for greener field-turf during his Patriots reign — Romeo Crennel took Cleveland’s HC job, Eric Mangini defected to Gang Green, Dean Pees moved to Baltimore, etc. But as often as defensive play-callers have left the Hoodie’s side, Belichick has found a suitable replacement. This season, after Flores, who called plays in 2018 but was not listed as the defensive coordinator, took the Dolphins’ head-coaching job, Belichick was reported to have hired Schiano. But the former Bucs head coach and Ohio State DC unexpectedly bounced due to personal issues that have not been explained in detail by him or the organization. At one point this offseason, the only person listed on the defensive coaching staff on New England’s team website was the safeties coach, Steve Belichick, Bill’s son. (There’s playing it close to the vest, and then there’s running a cottage industry out of Patriots Place.) So it was notable last week when it was reported by Patriots insiders that Big Belichick would go at it alone in 2019 and take on play-calling duties. If that’s the case, it would be the first time since 2011, when New England lost its second Super Bowl to Eli Manning, that he would call plays. The defensive maestro that he is, Belichick’s abilities as a game-planner are unquestioned; see Super Bowl LIII as a most-recent example. But as he enters his 45th season of coaching, is Belichick truly ready and able to take on those duties again? Maybe a better question: With Tom Brady still under center, does it even matter?
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