Big Dave wrote:
I get bored reading the "let's start over" crowd. What I want to know is what is wrong and how can we fix it.
Dave, its the simplistic sports mind answer to just about everything. Blow it up and start over. They lost/losing so everyone needs to be fired. I remember fans wanting him fired after the first four games of the 2018 season when they were outscored 164 to 26. I still have faith that Flores can turn this around and truthfully I will most likely give a mulligan to him to fix it in the off-season.
Big Dave wrote:
For two years, Flores has led this team and the players totally bought into the system. That was a credit to Flores. Now they aren't and you have to point to the same person we all gave credit to in the first two years. Is it an ego problem? In some ways it is, because you don't bring in free agents ... sell them into coming to Miami ... and then kick them out a year into their contract when they play exactly as they did the prior year that you signed them. The Dolphins lost Kyle Van Noy's leadership on defense, and they lost Erick Flowers whom Austin Jackson developed good chemistry with last year. If you want to point to the problems that Jackson is having, I would point to this trade.
Its the main issue I have with how the NFL operates today. Its not about building chemistry and build the best football team. Its who can build a team for one yr just good enough to win, but not destroy the cap in the future. NFL has turned itself into a yearly league. Player like Van Noy cannot be butt hurt for getting what they ask for.
It appears we are already seeing the decline of the Chief with paying Mahomes. In the future I expect to see them become the Packer. Always there because of Mahomes, but never capable of building a winner, because of his contract. Its why if a team does not win on the Qbs rookie deal, most likely their chances of actually winning will decline greatly, unless they are solid and hit a lot talent in the draft and low dollar FAs.
Last year the Dolphins were 10-6 and it looked like they would repeat or do better this year. Instead, Flores got rid of Kyle Van Noy and others because they couldn’t see eye to eye but in reality, he lost veteran leaders who knew the system that Flores was running. Now the team looks lost on defense and non-existent on offense.
Might be wrong, but I think Van Noy was a money/production call with the way Van Ginkle was playing.