What a difference a week makes! Not that all is perfect in Dolphinsland, but the arrow is pointing up this week after a very disappointing week with allegations of racism and tanking from our last HC, Brian Flores. Not going to give that nonsense another sentence. So now there is enthusiasm once again as young Mike McDaniel becomes the Dolphins Franchise 14th Head Coach. The Dolphins were very careful and want to portray a certain narrative, and the funny thing is I don’t mind it at all, not one bit. That’s because the narrative is that this offensive minded coach is coming here to work with our young QB that we drafted at #5 in 2020 NFL Draft. There will be no QB controversy this year, Tua is our guy, and Mike McDaniel and Chris Grier have the task of doing what they can to make Tua better, and this team better. Good we finally have our priorities straight and are moving in the right direction here.
Sometimes I think this fanbase deserves all this. I know this because we have social media that proves it every day I read twitter. A brief exchange I had with a so called “fan” of the Dolphins wants the Dolphins to get rid of this “POS” referring to Tua and stating that Watson to Miami is the only missing piece. I wish “fans” like this would find another team to latch on to because I don’t want people like this in my fanbase. I see politically how polarized people are, and it seems it’s the same for our fans. Either you like Tua or you hate him. How does this happen? I mean if you watch this team play every week, and you know the roster, how does that happen? It’s well documented we have the worst O-line in the NFL. We have no running game, and we had a revolving door of receivers opposite our one offensive star, WR Jaylen Waddle. Parker played games 1-4, and then missed games 5, 6, and 7. He came back (probably injured) for game 8 and then missed games 9 through 12. WR’s like Albert Wilson, Preston Williams, Mack Hollins and Isaiah Ford were all starters when Parker was out. So our offense consisted of the worst offensive line, a revolving door of WR’s (of which NONE would be starting in the NFL for any other team) opposite Jaylen Waddle, and the worst rushing attack in the NFL. Yeah, Watson is the missing piece. Can’t root for the good guy who we drafted, we need to get a lowlife sex offender here to be our QB. Unbelievable . . .
So now that McDaniel is here in Miami, he’s slowly building his staff. Josh Boyer will remain the Defensive Coordinator. Former 49ers Coach Jon Embree will come to the Dolphins from the 49ers where he was Assistant Head Coach and TE’s Coach and will resume that role with the Dolphins. Former Miami Dolphins WR Wes Welker joins the staff as Wide Reeceivers Coach. The Dolphins are interviewing fromer New Orleans Saints Coach Curtis Johnson for the Offensive Coordinator position. George Godsey, former Co-Co will be going to the Ravens, and former Secondary Coach Gerald Alexander was let go. So we’re moving and shaking and things are happening. The defense which was the far superior unit will have continuity. It was far from perfect but if you watched the games, the defense was much better than the offense. Now we need to get this offense humming and it won’t just be Mike McDaniel and Tua achieving that, Chris Grier will play a huge part in that as the NFL Free Agency period precedes the NFL Draft.
I feel like there’s a positive vibe in Miami. I know, don’t get too caught up in that because we’ve all seen this before. Maybe I’m naive, but I feel like McDaniel just might be the right guy. I feel good juju with this guy. I like that as an organization, we’re going to support our young QB who has done everything right. He worked his tail off to come back from that gruesome hip injury and then worked as hard as he could to be even better and stronger in this past offseason. It seems he didn’t have his HC’s support and really that’s a damn shame. Ther can be no bigger dysfunction to have your Head Coach not support one of the most important players on the field for your team. It seems the Dolphins have acknowledged this and it’s clear their is a plan to make this right, as there should be. Chris Grier and Mike McDaniel have to fix this O-line. Who we hire to be our O-line Coach is something I’m watching closely. Past the OL coaching hire though, we need to get a couple of anchors for this O-line. I’ve told you I’d love to see a guy like former Niners OG Laken Tomlinson here, or someone like him. Get a guy you know will be solid 17 games a season for you and you don’t have to think about it. I’ve also said I still believe in some of the young players we have, and I believe the right coaching will bring out the best of those guys. Don’t give up on LT Austin Jackson, RT Liam Eichenberg and even OG Solomon Kindley. While there’s still lots of work to do, a week has made a lot of difference. Last week was doom and gloom and this week is legitimate hope for the future of our team.