Friday, November 27, 2015

Two thoughts on "black Friday"

I know, I've been harping in Tannehill rather a lot.  And I really don't see what any fans see in this guy, or why they want to give him more time.  I also can't begin to imagine how the people in charge of this team thought that he warranted any contract extension, much less a big one when he still had a year remaining.

It makes no sense.  I've got some games recorded, and I've gone back and watched.  Yes, his line is bad.  Yes, there are other issues, perhaps with bad routes or lack of support from the run game.  But his reads are bad, he's slow to react, he locks in on a guy and doesn't "feel the pressure."

So they've had to basically dumb down the playbook and have him throwing screens and short routes - where the play design gets the ball to a spot.  And as a result he has good numbers.  But he doesn't - and can't - actually lead the team.

That's a caretaker.  Not a leader.

And that simply isn't good enough.

If you look around the league, its amazing how a good QB can step into a mediocre team and elevate those around him.  Just look at the first year players that came in over the last five or so years that took a bad franchise and turned them into a winner.  And on the flip side, those that missed at QB continue to struggle.

Now to the other point:  There are so many holes on the roster that they need a great draft, a number of mid-tier free agents, and some role players.

If they just replace the coach, leave the QB in place, and keep trying to fill holes, they will be stuck for another couple of years, and will have to come up with a new plan within 5 years - probably to fire everyone and start over.

With Tannehill and the guys making personnel moves in place, this team will remain 8-8 for the foreseeable future.  And no coach worth a lick will come in to that situation.

I'm going with the Dolphins would do well to part ways with everyone that has anything to do with on the field play.  Especially Tannenbaum and Hickey.

Clean house.  Start over.  Let the new guy build a team.  Pick a QB. Decide what to do with higher priced players like Suh, and older players like Grimes.

No matter what, with the holes on the roster, one offseason is not gonna do it.  It's going to take a couple of years - and a QB - to undo the damage that's been done.

Time to start shopping for a whole new group to run this team, Mr. Ross.

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Cleaning house sets us back again and who knows where we will land then.

If you have completely given up on the organization then sweeping changes are needed.