Dan Campbell, as awesome as a person as he is, was not ready to lead an NFL football team. I really hope whom ever the next coach is, retains him on the staff I'm some way but he is not the guy to lead the Dolphins. The evidence is apparent with the way they use Lamar Miller. Miami is undefeated I believe when Miller gets at least 13 carries, opposed to only one win when he gets fewer. So what's the problem here guys? Help us all understand. The man nearly rushed for 2000 yards the last 2 seasons with LIMITED opportunities, imagine what he could do in the hands of a good offensive coordinator? I truly feel bad for Lamar, this was a contract year for him and with every game it's like the Dolphins are taking money out of his pocket by not letting him show case his skill set. It's quite sad. All I can hope for is that Miami re-signs him because I believe he is a complete, all around back. Which is hard to find these days in the NFL.
With that being said, as of this writing, the Dolphins currently sit at 7th in the upcoming draft. It is possible we can get the number one overall pick, although that is unlikely. The realistic possibilities are picking as high as 3rd or as low as 12th. I bet you all wish that missed FG Baltimore kicked a few weeks ago to give Miami the win would have went in don't you?! That kick turned out to have HUGE draft ramifications.
I say Miami tank the last 2 games just to get a higher draft pick.
No really, I'm serious. Let me explain my thinking...
The season is already a pathetic loss. As I said at the beginning of the season as well as most of you AS WELL AS STEPHEN ROSS, the playoffs are the expectation, nothing less. Well that was a pipe dream after well 14. If the Dolphins win out, their record will be 7-9 with no playoffs and a mid round pick in the draft. Doesn't this sound better, 5-11, no playoffs and a top 5 pick in the draft. I'll take the 2nd option, here is another reason to tank the last 2 games of the season...
A top 5 pick in the draft gives Miami a snowball's chance in hell of luring in a good coach. Think about it, nobody cares if Miami wins the last 2 games of the season, so why not set yourself up for the future? Miami has a good nucleus on the team already, I'll explain and leave Ryan Tannehill out of it as to avoid a debate but here is my reasoning:
Ndamokung Suh. One of the top D-Tackles in the game. Before your veins start popping out of your forehead, let us examine him. Remember how the D-Line was supposed to be the strength of our team? Remember how Suh was supposed to make the rest of the line better? I do. Suh gets double teamed nearly every play, so where is everyone else? Why does Suh get the blame for not making plays when in reality, his line mates should be the ones to benefit from his presence? If Other D-lineman were feasting, like they should, everyone would be giving all the credit in the world to Suh. Not to mention, anyone who knows anything about football knows that LBers make the D-Line better and in case you didn't know it by now, Miami's linebackers suck. Suh had DeAndre Levy at linebacker in Detroit, he is one of the top LBers in The league in my opinion. Who does he have in Miami? Misi, who is always hurt. Shepperd, who can't cover a TE. Jenkins, who has also been hurt most of the season. Get Suh some help. He is not the problem.
Devante Parker, Rishard Matthews. Kenny Stills. Jarvis Landry. Dion Sims. Jordan Cameron. What the hell is going on with this offense? Do you know how many teams would give their left arm for this many weapons? Look at Seattle, who do they have to throw the ball to? New England. Carolina, they were written off when Kelvin Benjamin got hurt, look at them now. Houston. I can go on and on and on and on. I get it, Miami's offensive line is probably the worst in the league but that's why you scheme to try and mask that, something Miami don't understand. Certainly, they could have made a better effort in that regard.
Lamar Miller. It is unknown if he will be back next year, but if he is, see my rant about him above for reference to how I feel about him.
Miami's offensive line and cornerback spots are in the need of the most help in my opinion. Cornerback being the bigger need considering Brent Grimes' decline this season. Miami's line problems started at guard and are now centered around health. We still need a guard but now worry about Pouncey, Albert, and James' long term health going forward.
Now doesn't this all sound better with a top 5 draft pick rather then having one outside the top 10?
The snowball has been heaved toward the fiery depths of hell and is heading straight for the Devil's lair. How long it survives is dependent on if these pathetic 'Phins win or lose the final two games. If I am a potential head coach candidate, the team's draft position is a huge factor in my decision. Let's face it, Miami has no leverage in getting a QUALITY coach, in fact, it's the complete opposite, the candidate has the ball in his court. Unless of course, you wanna roll the dice on yet another unproven, rookie, "up and coming" assistant. Haven't you seen enough of that?
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