Neither player added makes the Dolphins a championship team, but hopefully the sum of what we had before this offseason, and what we’ve added during the offseason does add up to a championship team. At first, signing Sony Michel didn’t inspire me. After a couple of weeks, I realized that improving the depth on this team is important. It’s not a matter of is Sony Michel more talented than Mostert or Edmonds, it’s more a matter of we need guys who can carry the rock, and have done so in big situations. Michel fits that bill. Michel doesn’t need to be a superstar, he just needs to be able to step in and play if called upon. Bringing in LB Melvin Ingram fits that same bill. He won’t need to be the primary pass rusher, or edge setter. On the other hand, if we have a team in a bad situation, a 3rd and long, it will be great to have Ingram on the field, especially if it’s in a big spot in a big game, because he’s been there. One thing you can say about most of the guys who have been here is that when it’s been a big spot or big game, we’ve yet to step up and meet the challenge.
I give Chris Grier and Mike McDaniel a lot of credit for how they’ve transformed the roster, and just as importantly, the aura around this team and organization. There is a tremendous amount of positivity buzzing around this team that hasn’t been present in decades. I liked Brian Flores because he seemed like the tough minded guy you wanted to be your coach. One thing he lacked, and it seems severely lacked was vision of the big picture of what the whole team needed to be. Of course we haven’t played a game yet in the Mike McDaniel era, but the philosophy is out there, and it’s tangible. We don’t know exactly what we’re going to be, what our identity will be, but we have a pretty good idea, and I’d bet when the games start, we’ll see that just about all of us at FMU will see what we think we’ll see. Patience will possibly be necessary because implementing a system in today’s NFL isn’t that easy, with the limited amount of team practices, which has been drastically cut down from years past. Still, we’ve seen teams like the Rams with Sean McVay start quickly, and maybe that happens here too.
On 3rd and 1, 4th quarter and against the Bills, game tied with 3 minutes left, I don’t have a problem giving the ball to Sony Michel. He knows how to play the game and understands his responsibilities. He’s a young veteran RB coached by two great coaches too, Bill Belichick and Sean McVay. He’s been on winning teams and knows what it takes to win. I want that on our team, which frankly to this point, clearly doesn’t know what it takes to win. Melvin Ingram too. He will help our defense, he won’t lead our team in any statistical category, but his locker room presence, and presence of mind on the field will be invaluable. We have talent on this team, but these guys need players like this to show them. Sometimes I’m a little slow on the uptake, because the Michel move didn’t impress me on the surface of it. Pair it with Ingram and the light finally came on for me. Sorry, not sorry, we’re all in, and these moves help us to stay in throughout the season. Lean on these guys in big situations and other guys will see what to do and be interchangeable with them as the season progresses. That’s what we need, we need our guys have all the talent in the world to learn what it take to win. We can’t step on the field against the Bills and get blown out every time and expect to win a playoff game later on after the season. I look forward to this season more than any season in quite some time. Hope you do too!