There is no dispute that Don Shula was a great coach. He did so many things that justify his status as one of the top coaches of all time. Undefeated Season, Super Bowl Wins, All Time Win Record… He was special. Of all the things that he did, the most impressive thing he did to me was adapt. This was a coach who had a system in place featuring Jim Kiick, Larry Csonka, and Mercury Morris. They pounded teams into the ground with a relentless running game. As I have watched the NFL through years what I see is coaches get caught up on their “system”. If they have success with a system they go out looking to get the players to fit into that system again. Don Shula could have spent the 80’s trying to get a dominate line and elite running backs. Instead Don Shula changed to an offense featuring Dan Marino. Why? because that is what he had. He kept the Dolphins a very competitive football team through the 80’s and most of the early 90’s. After that we have been bringing in coaches and GM’s that are here to “rebuild” the team. I hate that term “Rebuild”. What that means to me is a coach wasting 2 years trying to acquire players to fit his system. Many times teams will pass on a very good football player in the draft or free agency and they will get a player of lesser talent because they fit “the system better”. We have had the 90’s Cowboys System, The 80’s Giants System, and The 2000’s Green Bay Systems here. All many years to late after they were successful. Right now I am not sure I can say if we are using a new Lazor system or we just have a globby mess of an older Packers system. I don’t even really care. I am so tired of systems and coaches saying the players are not ready for the system.
How about a novel concept of designing your system around what you have? What do we have in Miami? We have a mobile QB with a live arm. We have an elite deep ball WR that is faster than 95% of the CBs in the league, we have a running back that has a nice burst in space, we have a several solid pass rushers, and we have an athletic Oline. We have the talent to create mismatches. We really do. How about a series of running the option with Tannehill, Miller and Wallace. Bring Matt Moore in the back field with Tannehill the next series. Tannehill can shift in motion to a WR or he can take snap. Moore can take the snap and throw a deep ball to Wallace. I am not saying do it all game, have a 3-4 play series in the set ready to go. Come out on the next series with Billy Turner in the game in a double TE formation and power run with Moreno. Teams would have their heads spinning trying to adapt in the game and you would be using all that talent( some of which just sits on the bench because they are not ready or don’t fit the system) vs running the same set over and over with the same personal that a team has spent all week preparing to stop. I am not saying everything will work. But for once coach without fear, get the players having fun. Even if does not work out all the time, it seems a lot better than dying a slow death trying to go 8-8 running "a system" that is a decade to late.