After our divisional season review podcasts, we are now looking to the future and asking where each franchise goes from here. We put ourselves in the chair of being GM or the owner and going over what moves we would make in order to win a Superbowl, make the playoffs or just regain some pride…
Today we take a look at the Miami Dolphins.
Don’t forget to check out the AFC East podcast where we talked to a fan from every team in the division and got their thoughts on them!
How Did Last Season Go?
The good – Starting 3-0 and beating New England at home once more.
The bad – Most of the season including Kenyan Drake’s usage.
The ugly – Adam Gase’s tenure and the depth on the roster.
2018 saw the Dolphins post their 3rd losing record in 4 seasons. Ranked bottom 7 in both offence and defence in terms of points and yards. 2nd season in a row with a points differential of triple figures in the red. That 3-0 start seemed like a long long time ago….
The Dolphins own picks 13 (Round 1),48 (2) ,78 (3), 116 (4), 151(5), 233(7), 234(7).
Cap space. Lots. Currently $37m left for 2019, but the estimated rollover cap is around $100m. Dolphins are going to be busy over the next year or so.
Adam Gase era is no more after 3 seasons but fear not Miami fans, you’ll still see him twice a year. His “sidekick” on the field Ryan Tannehill also departs for Tennessee.
Leading receiver (Amendola) and leading rusher (Frank Gore) are no longer with the team nor are Cameron Wake (Tennessee), Robert Quinn (Dallas) and Josh Sitton (currently a Free Agent).
Brian Flores comes over from rivals New England, but how much of a leash will he be given?
The Ryan Fitzmagic tour stops off in Miami, and with that he punches the third hole in his AFC East loyalty card. Apart from that, not too much to get excited about unfortunately.
Outlook for Next Year
The will they / wont they tanking narrative will rumble on all summer.
I think they’ll play honest football and when you have Ryan Fitzpatrick as the signal caller it’s the perfect way to pretend you aren’t hoping for a poor season. Like a rollercoaster that makes you sick. Enjoy the ride and know at the end what is coming.
The AFC East isn’t as weak anymore with Buffalo and the Jets strengthening greatly. The Dolphins will be the runt of the litter and get there a bit after the other AFC East teams. Whether that will be too late or not we will have to see.
Hard Rock stadium seemed to be a bit of an advantage for the Dolphins last year and were poor away from home. A trend I expect to continue.
A 4th placed finished in the division beckons. It is the obvious position for the Dolphins, as is a top 5 pick in the 2020 draft . It should have it’s highs and lows with Fitzpatrick conducting the orchestra so at least the fans will have something to watch each week.
Judging by the last few seasons, there will be another game which is either postponed or delayed by 5 hours…. joys.
Ryan Fitzpatrick – undrafted – could be absolutely anything. But likely around a mid QB2 and should be a viable streamer.
Kenyan Drake – 4th/5th round – low RB2
Albert Wilson – Later rounds – mid WR3
Kenny Stills – Later rounds – low WR3/4
Mike Gesicki – undrafted – low TE2/TE3