There are some current starters that I hope to be the "depth" that Tannenbaum is talking about. We need to draft starters.
Barry Jackson wrote:
* During his annual media briefing at the Senior Bowl this week, Dolphins executive Mike Tannenbaum talked a lot about depth.
Asked about what he learned from last year’s 6-10 disaster, he said: “Some of our depth was tested early and it didn’t respond as well as we had hoped. The thing the three of us talked a lot about that — building a team for a long season knowing that the way our sport is now, all of these guys are eventually going to play.”
Solid depth is good and important, but do you know what’s more important?
Having above-average starters.
The Dolphins don’t have enough of them, and that’s the real problem — though neither Tannenbaum nor Grier mentioned that this week.
How many above-average NFL starters did the Dolphins have on offense this year? Landry, Kenny Stills and Mike Pouncey. That’s it. Kenyan Drake showed the potential to possibly become one, but he started only six games.
On defense? Cam Wake (who slumped during the middle of the season), Ndamukong Suh and Reshad Jones. That’s it. Xavien Howard played above average over the final six weeks.
So the Dolphins can say all they want about needing better depth, and that’s true. But they never mentioned the real issue; their starters aren’t good enough, including a bunch of them they thought would be better than they’ve actually been (Laremy Tunsil, Ja’Wuan James, Andre Branch, etc.)
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