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Barry Jackson

If Steve Ross has me as GM I'm doing the following this offseason:

Cleaning out Grier, Flores and the coordinators. Hiring someone with experience building a team. There is enough information, now coming from Adam Beasley at PFN, that some players have said they don't want to be in Miami anymore. After watching the vets all get axed after one year, or Bobby McCain getting zero reward for his loyalty, do you blame them?

I'm cutting bait with guys who just are either poor talent evaluation, oft-injured, or too big of a project. Albert Wilson, Preston Williams, Justin Coleman, Noah Igbinoghene, Austin Jackson (allowed 5 pressures alone this Sunday), Jacoby Brissett, and some of the bottom roster guys.

Depending on the progress of Liam Eichenberg, I'm putting big money or a trade in place for whichever tackle position he doesn't play. I'm also putting a very high trade target or free agent money at a true center. I admire the work Michael Dieter has done but Miami needs a true general snapping the ball.

I'm extending Mike Gesicki (if he even wants to still be here) and finding a true blocking TE. Durham Smythe and Adam Shaheen are nice backups but we have seen them (and Gesicki) fail in key blocking moments. Maybe Hunter Long develops but let's not play the hope game as Grier and Flores seem to have done this year.

I'm also shoring up the defensive line with bullies. Christian Wilkins is fine at times, as are Zach Sieler and Adam Butler, but its getting old watching them get pushed back consistently. The occasional tackle for a loss is nice, but they lack consistency. Also, get a nice contract in place for Emmanuel Ogbah and find competition for Andrew Van Ginkle. VG is a nice player but I'm not sure he is more than a JAG.

The LBs and secondary would benefit from a better front 4.

Finally, get a true running back. I don't care if the guy only averages 3.5 YPC. Just get someone who can fall forward and gain an extra yard or two rather than someone who is consistently pulled backwards.

Thus ends the rant.

The Good

Tua actually put together a nice game coming back from cracked ribs, missing his top two wideouts and playing behind what continues to be a pretty bad offensive line. For some reason, the Dolphins decided to throw it up 47 times with Tua while only running the ball 20 times (and 3 of those were Tua runs so they actually decided to throw it 50 times). Tua responded with 329 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT. The interception was probably his lone mistake in the game.

Mike Gesicki had a nice game with 8 catches for 115 yards. Jaylen Waddle caught two 2 TD passes (it would be nice to see him have a higher yard per catch average though).

On defense, Emmanuel Ogbah and Christian Wilkins picked up sacks.

Liam Eichenberg was a bright spot on the offensive line, keeping Josh Allen from doing much of anything.

 

The Bad

The rest of the offensive line cannot run block and Jesse Davis is particularly bad in pass protection. The Dolphins have done a poor job of acquiring offensive linemen, not for lack of trying but perhaps for lack of properly evaluating talent or maybe lack of player development. Either way, this continues to be a problem unit for the team.

Noah Igbinoghene was the sacrificial lamb in the secondary.

The defense still can't stop the run. It makes you wonder why the Jaguars didn't run it more.

 

The Ugly

The Dolphins lead the league in penalty yards. False starts were momentum killers. The most basic of things, stay still until the ball is snapped. It's not like we had to go with a silent count against a hostile crowd in London. The team has gotten away from it's "Takes No Talent" philosophy and are now in the habit of committing penalties, missing assignments, running the wrong route etc. And it all starts with coaching.

 

Overall

I hope I am wrong, but I think we are seeing the beginning of the end of the Grier/Flores regime. You don't lose to the worst team in the NFL and walk away unscathed. One of the greatest mistakes that Ross continues to make is that he will replace a coach, but not the GM, then will replace the GM, but not the coach. So the philosophy is always a mish mash of commingled gibberish. And with that inconsistent philosphy, you get players like Austin Jackson, who has a so-called high ceiling, but is a boom or bust prospect. Or a Noah Igbinoghene, who was not a productive college player, but had some physical attributes that were intriguing. In the first round, you take productive guys that have a high ceiling. In the second round, you take productive guys. In the third round, you take productive guys, then in the later rounds you start looking at prospects with more raw skills that may require development. The Dolphins spend first round picks on players with raw skills that may require development. And the result is Austin Jackson and Noah Igbinoghene.

And the result will probably be that we need to blow it up again.

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