I know that's heart-breaking to all of you who wanted us to be picking first,
Don't know where you get the heart breaking part. First of all, that rosy view it's only your opinion with nothing but hope and blind faith writing it. Par for the course over 20 years worth of posts. It's May. Have we played a game yet?
But I know where you're coming from and it's unfair. The majority of fans are simply being realistic, and they are not the only ones. Fins are generally expected to be among the top two, three worst teams and nothing has changed to make your forecast believable. The defense has numerous holes in just about every area: no pass rush threat, we don't know how the rookie DT will translate to the pros and there's no one else of note in the position. Add poor LB play, and other than Howard who can cover? And we don't know how the safety position will work out now that Jones appears headed to the dog house. We are left with the hope that Flores can instill some of the NE mystery here, but that's all that is, hope. Talent wins.
Over on offense, nothing has happened far as I know to fix your pet peeve on the offensive line. The fact the Fins will trail and trail early in most games any chance of the running game making an appearance isn't likely, and we surely don't know what this QB situation will bring. We hope, I hope, that Rosen takes the reigns and soon, at least to tell us what he brings. Fitzpatrick has proven he's capable of putting up good numbers but he doesn't have the supporting cast he did in Tampa, and even that he wore out early. Besides, we don't need him to play well, or at all. We need Rosen to play, period. Do you really want Fitpatrick to play because he supposedly gives the Fins the best chance to win? Win what exactly? What do we accomplish with your win forecast if we don't find out what we have in Rosen?
Regarding your suggestion that Fins fans will be disappointed by your forecast that has us missing the fist pick. Why are you dismissing why fans would want the Fins to pick first? I would totally think you would want the same thing. The reasons are well established: (1) Tannehill. (2) The old front office. Fans were sick of the incompetence, the wasted years on Tannehill by the FO never addressing that glaring need and the coaching carousel Tannehill engineered. Having the 1st pick in a draft expected to have one, maybe two possible franchise QBs would be a dream come true for long suffering fans. After the last 20 plus years of botched drafts, missed opportunities to address the QB position, why should those fans be judged negatively?
This team is not tanking for Tua.
This was totally frivolous. Of course the Dolphins aren't "tanking", as "tanking" means losing on purpose. The Fins will wind up with the worst or nearly the worst record simply because they are a bad team in a league that has better teams.
I do think this team is better than last year's and we did win 6 games.
The Fins won 7 games, but two should have been losses (home games vs. NE and Buffalo). This was a five win team last year, and if they somehow win five again it would be a total waste of time.
Rosy view? Did I predict Super Bowl, or even advancement into the playoffs? No. I merely opined that this team is better than the 5.5 Vegas projection. Yes it is May, no games have been played yet, but what makes my opinion a rosy view and yours a reality? Because you say so? And the fact most people believe the Dolphins are the worst team in the league doesn't matter to me. Most people thought Hillary Clinton was a shoe in to be President, too. This reminds me of when Marino and Jimmy Johnson retired, and everyone had the Dolphins winning 4, maybe 5 games under Wannstedt and Fiedler. They went 11-5 their first 2 years.
And nothing has changed, really? Have you been living in a cave the last 5 months? On defense, besides the obvious player turnover, all of which were aging, overpaid veterans or players that had little to no contribution, we're going from a Matt Burke schemed defense to that of a well proven Patriots scheme. That's not change? We have Rowe from the Pats who will probably start opposite Xavian. Our LBs I thought improved significantly over the course of last season. And no one is going to miss Rashad with Minkah taking his place.
On offense, yes, my pet peeve, the offensive line has more than likely improved. Ted Larsen is gone, and will probably be replaced by Deiter. We'll have Kilgore back at center. Jordon Mills replaces James at RT, I see that as a wash, while one of the local writers called it a clear upgrade. Even if Davis lines up at RG again, I see this offensive line being vastly improved over last year's. We have Rosen or Fitzpatrick vs Tannehill, who you largely blame for our Offensive failures anyway. We don't need Fitzpatrick to play well, or not at all? Huh? Look, if Fitzpatrick gives them the best chance to win, he should play, period. If Rosen can't beat him out, he needs to hold the clipboard for awhile. The object of football is to win, thankfully Flores sees it that way too. If Rosen couldn't win the starting job over Fitzpatrick during training camp and weekly practices, he shouldn't be playing. That alone should give you an answer as to if a franchise QB should be sought in 2020 or beyond.
No, I do not want the first pick, why would anyone want that? That means your team was the worst in the league. And besides, taking a QB with that first pick is nowhere near a guaranteed success. More often than not, the better QBs in each draft were taken with later picks. Mahomes, for example, was the 3rd QB taken in his draft class. And I don't need to remind you of Marino being the 5th QB selected in his class, or of Brady being taken in the 6th rd, do I?
Of course no C post would be complete without blaming Tannehill for everything bad that has happened to Miami over the last 7 years. Forget about the ineptitude of the coaching staffs, the failure to upgrade the interior OL year after year (except for 2016 when Tunsil fell in our lap and was put in at LG leading to our only playoff appearance in that era). The numerous injuries at key positions the team has endured. And I'm not judging anyone negatively. I'm merely stating an opinion as to whether or not they can win more than 5.5 games.
You say the team won't be tanking for Tua, because tanking would be losing on purpose, yet that is exactly what you want them to do by suggesting they should start Rosen even if Fitzpatrick gives them the better chance to win games.
On a side note, a trip down to Miami to watch a game this year is very possible. Hit me up if you're interested in meeting for a game.