Dolphins Begin Another Rebuild Project
The Miami Dolphins have been on what seems to be a never-ending rebuild since 1999. The Dolphins are entering their 54th season, meaning nearly half of their existence has involved some uncertainty at the coach and quarterback position.
The year 1999 was the last for hall-of-fame quarterback Dan Marino and two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach Jimmy Johnson. Their retirements were effectively the end of the glory days of Miami Dolphins football.
The Dolphins only had three head coaches in the 34 seasons before the beginning of the 2000 season, and two hall-of-fame quarterbacks in Marino and Bob Griese.
The question is can this time around under new head coach Brian Flores and potential quarterback of the future Josh Rosen be different. Flores comes over from the New England Patriots where he was the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl champions.
Flores tabbed former Patriots assistants Chad O’Shea as offensive coordinator and Patrick Graham as defensive coordinator. The hope is to duplicate the success the Patriots have had in winning six championships in 18 seasons making them the ultimate dynasty.
Flores has Rosen a 2018 first-round pick as a potential answer at quarterback who the Dolphins acquired in a draft-night trade with the Arizona Cardinals. Rosen still has to prove himself, and the Dolphins smartly signed veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick to run the show until he does.
The Dolphins are low on playmakers on the offensive side of the ball and will need to use ball control and keep turnovers low. Turnovers will surface as an issue with gunslingers like Fitzpatrick and Rosen who tend to have high interception totals.
Defensively the drafting of Christian Wilkins is an excellent piece for rebuilding a defense that moved on from several veterans including top pass-rusher Cameron Wake. The defense also, however, is low on the talent level that is needed to compete in the AFC East with the improved Buffalo Bills and New York Jets.
The books expect the Dolphins to win five games this season. Flores no-nonsense approach may allow them to sneak up on some teams. But, the major holes that exist on this roster will eventually prevent this team from winning more than four games.