And that's when it hit me: the time to hit your prime as a drafted player is about 4 years. 4 years! If the Dolphins have next-to-no one on the roster they've drafted, then as they start trying to fill holes, you have to expect that it will take 4 years for them to hit their prime.
Clearly, free agency is not the answer to solving the problem. Drafting well is. I heard Joe Rose this morning make a comment that it sucks to see players reaching their prime and playing well elsewhere; or reaching their prime and not playing at all, meaning it was a miss.
So Gase will have no control over the roster. And the roster as it stands now is a problem. The Dolphins haven't drafted well in the last .... many? ... years, and have many needs.
Then, I had another thought. It seems clear that the new model for the NFL is for someone to play GM and he finds players. And they find a coach who can work with said GM, but his job is to manage those players. Coach has no real input on the players, his job is to get them ready to play.
Yesterday, I posted that I couldn't understand why the Dolphins decided to put all of their faith in Tannehill.But I'm willing to set that aside and hope for the best. Hey, its the offseason where hope springs eternal!
Sure, turnarounds can happen quickly. Can. But they don't often. Especially when there's a lack of talent.
While there's hope, we're still probably several years away. And with the NFL and its current win-or-die attitude, you have to wonder if this coach will survive that long.